When Scars Become Scary: All About Modern Hair Transplant Scars


Modern Hair Transplant Scars

Hair is an important aesthetic asset for both men and women and hair loss problems have always been a grave cause for discomfort and self consciousness. While women tend to lose hair due to thinning leading to lesser hair density, men face acute hair loss leading to baldness. Hair transplants are the best and most effective way to regain hair permanently.

Hair transplants had first emerged since the 1950s and after a period of a slump due to the use of unsure techniques leading to undesired results, the hair restoration industry struggled to claim its foothold in the society. And it is only after the introduction of more advanced methods of procedures like FUE and FUT and the principle of Follicular Grafting that things started to change for the industry, drastically so.Surgeries performed with these techniques have higher chances of getting lesser or negligible scar marks leaving the scalp with an almost blemish free look. But how does one deal with a scar or multiple scars obtained after a botched up surgery? Patients with such hair transplant scars have to deal with them for the rest of their lives and finding a way to camouflage them is the best possible solution.

The scar becomes a major problem in the case of FUT hair restoration surgery. FUT surgery involves harvesting a strip of skin containing a number of hair follicles from the back of the patient’s scalp called the donor zone and thus it leaves behind a narrow but long line of scar along the scalp. In the case of unsuccessful hair transplant surgeries, the scars become glaringly visible.

In such cases, scars can be covered by adopting different hair styles that successfully hide the scar areas. Another foolproof method is by using micro-pigmentations. It is a process by which scar tissues are broken up in microscopic scales and filled with color that matches the natural skin tone resulting in a marked difference where the scalp no longer retains the hair transplant scar visually. A more direct approach would be tattooing the scarred area and thereby creating a camouflaging effect.

Both these procedures are permanent and have a positive impact on the patient. It can leave him/her feeling less conscious about the scars. These techniques are relatively new and have emerged in the last 10 years and there are a number of clinics that have been established rapidly in the last 3-5 years.

Hence being a new phenomenon, it is imperative that seeking patients look for information about them, particularly regarding the service provider’s qualifications and expertise. Along with cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic tattooists also do micro-pigmentations and cover-up tattoos. Choosing the best and most experienced among them is the key to getting your scar camouflaged if not a flawless scalp. Nothing is worse than a badly done tattoo on top of a hair transplant scar.

Seeking patients should consult their surgeons and also a number of cosmetic tattooists. Some clinics disclose the equipments, needles and the type of pigments they use. It is important to remember that health service providers are supposed to provide a complete data about their products and the type of procedures they perform.

Micro-pigmentation cost would be between 1500 and 3500 for a complete course of treatment, and depending on the extent of the hair transplant scar. The prices may vary from clinic to clinic, the size of the scalp and the length of the scar.

Some hair transplant clinics offer a guarantee period during the session so it is up to the seeking patients to do a thorough background check before getting a hair transplant scar removal surgery done.

by Daniel Vettori