From a Hair Transplant scar, Is Fraxel Repair (Ablative) or Restore (Non-ablative) Better for Flattening a Thin Raised Scar?

I have a thin scar on the back of my head from a hair transplant that is 5 inches long, and about 2 to 3 mm high. I would like to flatten this scar in preparation for a cosmetic tattoo procedure (that simulates hair) to be applied to it. Are either of these fraxel treatments better than the other, in regards to flattening the scar?

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Treating Scar with Fraxel Laser

Thank you for your question. I think the improvement in this particular area will be minimal.  The skin is so thick the improvement is just not as profound as it is on the face. I hope this helps!

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Treatment for Raised Scar

The Fraxel laser may help in flattening or blending the scar but by far the best treatment to flatten a raised scar is intralesional 5- fluorouracil, which needs to be injected twice a week for 6-10 treatments. It’s important that you see a board certified dermatologist who is highly specialized at performing these injections.

Richard Fitzpatrick, MD (in memoriam)
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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