Hair Transplant Question: Will FUE hair transplant on a black scalp create visible scars? (photo)
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FUE and scars
Changes in pigmentation can occur with FUE. The changes can be lighter or darker skin. This can occur regardless of where the hair is taken (back of scalp vs body hair).
Will FUE produce scars
FUE in Dark Skin
- Smaller punch sizes
- Better distribution of donor area
- Shallower depth of extraction
Of course the FUE transplant is done with a variety of different techniques. We do not even see hypo pigmentation (small lighter dots on donor area) any more due to the technique improvement in the last few years.
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Fue and Scars
FUE leaves behind small dot or circular scars. The size, shape and colour depends on many factors such as the punch size, angle of extraction and healing characteristics of the patient.
Dark skin (Black) is more susceptible to keloid formation which means thicker scars. Scars will be visible in most people but how visible will vary slightly between people.
Your surgeon should be able to assess this during your consultation. One should remember that the skills of the Surgeon is one of the most important factors to be taken into consideration.
If you do prefer to keep your hair short, FUE hair transplants are a great option for you.
It is possible to avoid scarring on the back of your head by using donor hairs from other parts of your body. You will need to seek a qualified FUE transplant doctor for a physical consultation to confirm that this will apply to your unique situation.
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FUE on black patients
FUE is still the best option for African American
FUE for darker skin
One of the many great things about the FUE procedure is the imperceptible harvest site. The size of the punch used for extraction of follicles in Neograft is just slightly larger than the diameter of the hair follicle itself (.9-1mm) and only a small percentage of the hair is extracted from an area so the removal of those follicles is actually not noticed by the human eye. Removing only a certain percentage is key, so it is important to have a consultation and determine in advance if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If there is insufficient donor hair to achieve the results you desire it is crucial that you know this before undergoing a procedure. Though harvesting from the body is possible, I wouldn't rely on body hair to make up the majority of transplanted hair.
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