Follicular Unit Transplant is a hair restoration technique that yields remarkable results. After a few sessions, thick, nutrient-rich strands of hair will begin to grow from what was once a desolate area. The main advantage of this treatment is its high predictability and its ability to reverse the effects of miniaturization and telogen effluvium.
New hair will grow naturally, mimicking the appearance and orientation of your existing hair. However, a big setback is that an FUT transplant leaves noticeable scars sustained during extraction of follicular units from the donor site. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the scars and make them completely unnoticeable.
What Do FUT Scars Look Like?
Weeks following an FUT hair transplant, multiple tiny round, white scars will emerge when the surgical wounds heal. Only the donor area, where the follicular units are extracted, will have scars. Generally, these scars are just a consequence of the surgery and do not pose any harm to the patient.
But it can be a cosmetic concern. If you think about it, the scars are minimal granting that the transplant addresses the bigger cosmetic concern, which is hair loss. In some cases, FUT can be an effective solution to hide extensive scarring due to the body’s rejection of artificial hair fibres.
There are several options to camouflage surgical scars caused by FUT. You can opt to perform an FUE or follicular unit extraction to the donor skin or where the scars are to heal the scalp without expanding the tissue. It would take at least two to three small sessions to fully remove the scars.
A scalp surgeon may also do a scar removal and revision. But this procedure should be done by a highly experienced scalp surgeon. Another option is tattooing. Following an FUT, the texture of the donor skin might change and appear lighter. The patient may opt to have this area tattooed with a specialised scalp micro-pigmentation procedure (SMP). Note that the tattoos are temporary and would require revisions every two years or so.
These techniques are safe and can help decrease the visibility of your surgical scars. Most of the time, the linear strip will become undetectable once your hair starts to grow back. But, if the linear strip is a problem for you, it’s best to discuss these scar removal techniques with your hair transplant surgeon before the treatment.