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When considering a hair transplant procedure, the objective is to achieve a new, aesthetic and stylish look with no balding spots on the scalp. However, the idea of a hair transplant scar is a deal-breaker for many patients. While this is a concern for many patients considering a hair transplant, the potential benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks. With the right approach, the scar can be effectively concealed, and in some cases, it may even be undetectable.

Hair Transplant Techniques and Scarring

The level and structure of the scar that forms after a hair transplant procedure depend on the technique used in the procedure. The latest technology and medical developments allow hair transplant specialists to perform procedures with minimal discomfort and side effects. As techniques evolve, the degree of the hair transplant scar is reduced.

FUT Scar

The most common image that comes to mind when considering hair transplant scars is a linear scar on the back area of the scalp. This image leads us to the FUT hair transplant technique. In the FUT hair transplant technique, a strip of scalp is extracted in order to collect the hair follicles from the strip, which are then transplanted to the hair loss area. The procedure requires the use of stitches, as the specialist will be using a scalpel to remove the strip.

The length and width of the scar may vary depending on the size of the strip that needs to be collected. Although it is an effective technique, the FUT technique is considered to be somewhat outdated in the field of hair transplantation. Its primary disadvantage is the significant scar it leaves, which can be challenging to conceal. However, if you have a suitable haircut with a length that is long enough to hide the linear scar, it is possible to cover the FUT scar.

FUE and DHI Scar

The FUE technique for hair transplant procedures results in a significantly reduced scar. It is the most developed and least invasive type of hair restoration operation currently available.

The FUE technique is performed without the use of blades or stitches. Hair grafts are harvested individually from the donor area, which is usually the back of the head, and transplanted one by one to the recipient area. In the FUE hair transplant method, micro-punch tools are used, which results in a small dot-shaped hair transplant scar.

These scars are typically very minimal white dots that fade away over time, usually becoming very hard to notice without a very close look. It typically takes around 10–15 days for wounds to heal and scabs to disappear. During this period, the spots will appear red and more clear. Please be aware that, considering your hair will reach a certain length, these small white dots will be almost invisible behind your grown hair.

DHI Scar

The other latest technique, DHI, is performed with a device called the “Choi Implanter Pen,” which reduces the possibility of any harm to harvested hair follicles during the procedure. As with the FUE technique, the DHI technique may result in the formation of white, dot-shaped scars, which can be easily concealed as the hair grows.

The FUE and DHI hair transplant techniques are often introduced with the claim of a “no scar” feature. This is accurate, as the resulting scar is often not noticeable even when the hair is cut very short.

How Can I Conceal Scars After a Hair Transplant?

If you have undergone a hair transplant procedure and have a scar, there are various treatments and concealment options available. The most suitable treatment will depend on the size and characteristics of the scar. The following techniques are available:

FUE Technique to Cover Scars

If you have undergone a hair transplant using the FUT technique and have a linear scar, the scarring areas can be treated using the FUE hair transplant technique. The transplanted hair can effectively disguise the hair transplant scar with newly grown hair, eliminating the need for another linear scar. The success of this technique for hiding scars depends on the texture of the scar, because scarred skin does not always receive the hair follicles as successfully as healthy skin does.

Laser Treatments

There are certain types of laser treatments that are effective in reducing scarring on the skin after the hair transplant operation. Laser treatments stimulate the skin’s structure and collagen production, helping to decrease the hair transplant scar. While not specifically designed for hair transplant scars, laser treatments are widely used for this purpose. The success of this procedure depends on the patient’s skin type, which is why it is essential to undergo a thorough examination before proceeding.

Scar Revision Surgery

The surgical removal of scar tissue caused by a FUT hair transplant is now carried out using more sophisticated techniques, with the new revision scar being handled with greater care. While this may result in a scar, it will be much less noticeable.

Scalp Micropigmentation

This is a medical procedure that involves tattooing. Scalp pigmentation is often the preferred option for the white dots that remain after the FUE technique. These dots can be colored to match the patient’s skin tone, making them virtually invisible. Micropigmentation procedures can be performed on a permanent or temporary basis.

Temporary Cosmetic Products

Cosmetic concealer products may help to hide the hair transplant scar and make the hair look more voluminous; however, they are only temporary, and their regular usage may be expensive.

Importance of the Quality of Hair Transplant on the Scar

A hair transplant is a delicate procedure that requires the expertise of skilled, experienced professionals. It is important to remember that the quality of the procedure is the most significant factor in determining the appearance of a scar. If the procedure is not conducted with sufficient care, the possibility of scarring increases, along with the risk of other complications. This can make it more challenging to address any unwanted outcomes. The same applies to hair transplant scar removal procedures; whichever option you choose, they should be carried out after a detailed physical examination and pre-operative tests conducted by a specialist, as every individual has a different type of skin and scalp structure.

All the hair transplant procedures at Clinic Mono’s collaborative health institution are carried out with the utmost care and precision by a contracted medical team to minimize the risk of any unwanted results or side effects, including hair transplant scarring.

The majority of our hair transplant clients do not require any kind of revision treatment after their procedure and are pleased with the results in the long term. In order to find out about your personalized treatment plan and detailed information about the procedures with the minimum risk of scarring, talk to the highly skilled medical consultants contracted by Clinic Mono.

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