Hair transplantation, whether
it’s the strip method or the follicular unit extraction method, will both
result in scars. As a hair transplant surgeon as well as a full body cosmetic
surgeon, discussions about scars is something I do all day long whether it’s
for tummy tuck, facelift or breast surgery.
Wound healing is a process that
happens in the course of six months to a year. Even with the best closure and with
the most advanced technology in terms of biomaterials, you could still get a
scar that’s undesirable. A scar that’s undesirable can be a widened scar,
thickened scar or an irregular scar. If you were not to have the best healing,
we can potentially revise the scar but it’s about how the body heals and that’s
something we can’t always predict.
For hair transplant scars, I
explain to our patients that we use not only cosmetic surgery techniques to
make the incisions as close as possible but we also use a material called
extracellular matrix and platelet-rich plasma. I use these biomaterials to
enhance healing and reduce scar formation, and also in treatment called Hair
Regeneration to thicken hair and stop further hair loss.
There are some options like
tattooing or a new technology that is being used for wound healing for burns. However,
I would caution you about medical tattooing. Although it can look good in
pictures, three dimensionally, it might not look right for you. The reality is
that the scar is at a deeper level and what’s responsible for the thickening is
more about the type of scars sometimes people refer to as a hypertrophic or
In our practice, if someone has
a thickened scar like yours, we employ injections of material such as
5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and Kenolog. We’ve also had very nice results with injections
of platelet-rich plasma. Platelet-rich plasma is from the patient’s own blood
wherein the healing factors are taken and injected to the area. It has been
very successful for areas of hypertrophic scars or thickened scars to soften
them and ideally allowing some hair growth to occur through those scars.
Since you had your transplant,
you are somehow committed to have your hair length a little bit longer to make
sure the scars are covered. If you are aware that your scars are obvious when
your hair is wet or if someone is noticing it, then you may want to consider a
surgical scar revision or the treatment with injections, but I don’t think any
topical treatment will do that much. I think that you need to do some
consultations with cosmetic surgeons who have a lot of experience with scars
and understand what your options are. You can’t erase a scar, but you can make
a bad scar look better. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck,
and thank you for your question.