FUE Strip Scar Hair Restoration
A bad hair transplant experience that requires surgical restoration often involves corrective procedures that can include camouflage techniques, surgical scar revision, scalp reduction surgery, FUE, micropigmentation, and laser resurfacing. The method chosen to repair a hair transplant scar must be adapted to the specific needs of the patient and the scar.
Hair restoration to scars will work but results are often unpredictable. The results will depend on the type of scar. If the scar is not too thick and has a decent blood supply the repair can achieve good coverage. But it is important to know that it may be impossible to make the donor scar undetectable.
Generally, Follicle Unit Extraction(FUE) for repair of the scar from Follicle Unit Transplant or Strip hair transplants can provide a good result, with transplanted hair follicles growing 80% of the time. FUE is the ideal repair tool because it can minimize the appearance of the scar, without the need for additional surgical procedures.
The FUE procedure for scar camouflage
FUE can minimize the appearance of the scar if the scar is thin and soft. Steroid injections into the scar will help to soften and flatten thick scars and prepare the scar for FUE. Other techniques can be used to prepare the scar for FUE depending on the type of scar and the scalp.
When the scar is troublesome, like when the patient desires to shave his head, and scar has the right characteristics for FUE, excision of the scar is not recommended. Rather, the best approach is to extract the follicle units near the scar, and implant them directly into the scar.
Successful FUE camouflage may require several procedures because hair density may not be able to be achieved with only one session. After FUE micropigmentation can be used to provide some texture and darken the scar.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can help to maximize the results of FUE for donor scar camouflage applied at the time of the procedure. Because PRP contains proteins and growth factors it’s use will facilitate the healing process and provide better hair growth.
Prior to scar camouflage procedure with FUE, it is important of determine if the existing scar can be improved and whether the cause of an unacceptable scar can be related to poor healing, and a post-operative infection. Dr. Powell will carefully review your medical and surgical history, and conduct an examination and determine the best approaches for your scar.