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?

Doctor Answers (2)

Treating Scar with Fraxel Laser

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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!

Treatment for Raised Scar

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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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