Have you seen advertisements in magazines, Facebook, Instagram, and various other sites that claim hair transplants are “scarless?” Is it true? Can hair transplantation be a scarless procedure?
Some of the most common questions asked during a consultation include scars after hair transplant. That’s understandable. Hair restoration is optional, and no one wants too many scars from any appearance-enhancement procedure (although hair transplant is more than just an appearance improvement). However, hair transplant is still an operation, and there is no way you can have surgery without causing some degree of scarring. Most medical organizations publish statements condemning those promoting any surgery as “without scarring.” What does this mean for the patient? Will there be any visible signs of a hair transplant? If so, where is it?
Hair transplants performed by trained professionals can significantly improve a person’s emotional well-being and self-confidence. Hairsure clinic is always in the best interest of our patients, and for this reason, we are very honest about possible scars after hair transplant. The nature of the scar depends on the technique used and can influence the client’s choice of the surgical method they choose.
This article provided by Hairsure Clinic gives information about: Is hair transplant scarring noticeable.
What is a hair transplant, and how is it performed?
There are two main types of hair transplants used in the Hairsure clinic and around the world. These are follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
The FUT method requires removing a piece of donor’s hair from the back of the head. This thin strip is then cut into smaller follicles and transplanted in the required area. When using the FUE extraction method, hair is removed one by one from the donor area with a perforator. This hair is then transplanted into areas of thinning hair.
What Types of Scarring Should Patients Expect?
Both hair transplant methods carry the risk of scarring, but our primary goal is to create natural hair without apparent surgery signs. However, due to the nature of the procedure, minor scars usually appear. The type of scar tissue varies depending on the surgical method chosen.
FUT scar for hair transplant:
In a FUT hair transplant, a small piece of hair-bearing skin is removed from the donor area, then broken down into individual hair grafts, and then transplanted into thinning or bald areas. When performed by a qualified surgeon, most patients after this technique leaves a slight pale scar on the donor area; this scar is usually wholly hidden in the patient’s hair in this area about 2-3 centimetres.
FUE scar for hair transplant
In the FUE hair transplant technique, each hair transplant is removed from the donor area. As a result, the patient has a small round scar where the hair has been removed. This method has more scarring, but because it is spread over a larger area, it is often less visible, and patients can cut short hairs in the donor area after the FUE procedure.
The type of hairstyle the client prefers can determine the most suitable procedure for them. For example, a client who prefers very short hairstyles may choose FUE because the small round scars are scattered and less visible, which means they are less likely to be noticed. FUE also enables fast recovery and hair growth after transplant.
At Hairsure clinic, when performing the FUT procedure, we ensure that the donor area is slightly damaged and has minimal scars. We also use trichophytic sutures to close the wound. This technique is designed to limit the scarring as hair grows through the scar and affects visibility. After each procedure, the patient receives an additional care package, including a special shampoo, to aid in healing and recovery.
How to treat scars and how vital is surgeon skills
The surgeon makes an incision, but the patient’s body heals and forms a scar. This is how the skin heals after an injury. The degree of scarring depends on the unique individual healing characteristics of the patient. In general, young men with highly elastic skin have much wider scars than older men who have less elastic tissue and have smoother scars.
Some patients are prone to a type of scar known as a keloid scar. In these patients, the skin heals with a visible raised scar. Therefore, it is usually not recommended for patients with a history of hair transplantation with keloid scars.
The degree of scarring will also be influenced by the surgeon and his team’s skill and expertise in performing your procedure. Often, when someone with low qualifications performs a hair transplant, the patient can leave unacceptable scars on the donor and even on the recipient’s area.
If a qualified team performs the procedure and the patient is treated, only a slight pale scar should be left for FUT surgery or a small, pale round scar for FUE surgery. The patient’s hair must entirely cover them.
FUT or FUE: Which one leaves the worst scars?
Of the two procedures, most patients choose FUE to avoid scarring. The scars that remain after FUE are easier to hide in some cases. FUT can cause long, horizontal scars on the back of the head. You should consult your doctor about these scars before agreeing to a transplant.
However, it also depends on your scar history and whether you have keloid scars. One thing to keep in mind is that FUE also requires you to shave your head for most operations completely. This provides the bulk of the grafts for transplant and restores your mature hairline.
Choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon before performing any of these procedures is of the utmost importance. Scar removal is also possible. Cosmetic scars or permanent or temporary tattoos are also options.
If the scars make this procedure unstoppable for you, talk to a doctor at Hairsure Clinic to learn more about the procedure. Here at Hairsure Clinic, we pride ourselves in providing all the information clients need to get a complete picture of how the transplant will be performed. Call today us at 094940 20202 to find out more about possible treatment options for you.