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).
FUE in African American
Finding an experienced, qualified Hair Transplant Surgeon that specializes in FUE is key. You'll want to research and make sure the surgeon uses a smaller punch for incision as this will ultimately cause minimal scarring. I usually use a .9mm punch for African American patients as their hair is a little more coarse and textured. This is still significantly smaller than other devices such as the Artas robot which uses about a 1.3mm punch. Another factor for you specifically being an African American you'll want to make sure the Hair Transplant Surgeon you chose has experience in performing surgeries with African American patients as the hair follicles themselves are curly(c shaped) and more difficult to extract and transplant as well as run the higher risk of keloid scarring.
Hair Transplant Question: Will FUE hair transplant on a black scalp create visible scars? (photo
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Does FUE cause scar in donor area on darker scalps?
With FUE small punches are made into the scalp to extract hairs one at a time. Every time an incision is made there is possibility of scarring. These scars are usually small white dots formed for each punch made for harvesting. Since the contrast between the white dots and darker scalps is greater, these scars are more visible on darker skins. There are claims by some doctors that making the punches smaller eliminates the formation of small dot formation. Make sure you ask for pictures if this is claimed by your chosen doctor.
Does FUE result in visible scars in dark skin
Also take into account that, technically, FUE is much trickier with African American or Afro-caribbean type hair resulting in higher transection rates of the follicles.
You may want to instead of hair transplant consider scalp micro-pigmentation or SMP. In my opinion, it is probably a better solution in black skin with African type hair. the colour blend is usually very good, and no compication of scarring
Dont Go for FUE
Hope You doing fine. I will suggest you to not go for FUE. FUE dont provide results.
There 99.99% success in FUT. No back up plan will be needed. It takes time but yes results are wonderfull
If are a good candidate for FUE, you need to understand that you will get scarring in the form of pale 1mm dots (thousands of them). FUE is not a scar-less surgery. There is no such thing as a scar-less surgery. You generally will not see the FUE scar with short hair. You WILL see it with the head shaved or hair really short 1mm to 2mm short.
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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