FUE after a prior FUT procedure?
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FUE into prior FUT scars?
Thank you for writing in with your question. The FUE procedure was initially conceived for this very reason: to put hairs into previous FUT scars. In 2004 I performed the first “megasession FUE procedure” and published it in the medical literature. See the link provided. Prior to this publication the FUE procedure was mainly confined to putting hairs into FUT scars. Because scar tissue is made of dense collagen, and has much less vascularity when compared to virgin scalp, not all of the grafts placed into scar tissue are expected to live. With adjuncts like PRP with ACell and microneedling this problem can be minimized. In addition to transplantation of hair into your scar, you may consider scalp micropigmentation, or SMP. This is a method of injecting cosmetic tattoo ink into the scar in a stippled pattern so as to mimic hair; this colors the scar in a shade similar to your hair color, and in this fashion camouflages the scar further. I hope this information is helpful to you.
FUE harvesting after FUT
If you have a strip FUT scar already and you want FUE you would need to shave to have surgery.
Having FUE after FUT (strip) surgery is sometimes not the best idea since one of the main reason for FUE is to have no FUT (strip) scar in the first place.
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FUE after Strip
People get an FUE procedure safely after a previous Strip procedure for a variety of reasons:
- No pain - FUE does not usually have pain after the procedure or it is very mild some patients with bad experience of previous strip procedure proceed with an FUE to avoid paint.
- Smoother recovery - Recovery after FUE procedures are much smoother in donor area. There is not tightness of the scalp and very minimal donor complications.
- Inability of harvest with strip - Might be a problem with the patients with very tight scalp that does not allow another strip or the ones who have a high risk to stretch their scars.
- Less aggressive - Many people just want to have a less aggressive procedure that does not have anything to do with cutting and suturing of the scalp.
Wants to conceal a scar
FUE after FUT
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