Does a Person's Skin Color Affect the Noticeability of hair transplant Scars?

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Transplant scars

There are two types of transplant scars from hair transplants. THE FUE punctate scars and the strip scars (see below in video). The FUE scars are made worse in a very light skinned person if the scars are 1mm or greater

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Does a Person's Skin Color Affect the Noticeability of hair transplant Scars?

Yes, generally speaking the best results are when there is the least amount of colour contrast between the hair and the skin
In other words, the most demanding hair transplant is likely to be in pale white skin and very dark coarse hair

Bessam Farjo, MBChB
Manchester Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Skin color affects hair transplants.

Skin color affects hair transplants.  Dark skin and dark hair is great because even the scabbing looks like hair.  Basically you want the least amount of contrast.  

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Ethnic Background and Hair Transplant

Skin color does not so much affect transplant scars as does ethnic background. Certain ethnicities, such as people of African or Asian descent, have a higher tendency to keloid than Caucasians. However, with a refined surgical technique, such as advanced follicular unit extraction using uGraft (which is scalpel-free), scarring should not be a problem. Especially in the care of an experienced surgeon.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Skin color and impact of hair transplant

Excellent question if skin and hair color have significant impact on the results of hair tranplant.  If there is low color contrast, such as blonde hair with light skin or dark hair with dark skin, that is low color contrast and enhances the result and makes it more natural.  If the opposite...high color hair on light skin or light hair on dark skin, the surgeon must be very careful with technique to keep grafts natural. 

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Affect of Skin Color on Hair Transplant Scars

With good surgical techniques scars, are rarely a problem with hair transplant surgery. Skin color has never influenced healing in my experience. Keloids are possible, but I never seen this following hair transplants.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Transplants and People of Color

I have performed hair transplants on people of color with success.  The scar quality depends on many factors.  Keloids are concern but if there is not a history then scars should not be obvious.

Dr ES 

Skin color and scalp scarring

Assuming maintenance of long-standing surgical principles to optimize wound healing, we have found that those with a high density of hair at the donor site have the finest scars.  It also seems as though those with the light hair/light skin color combination have excellent scars.  Nevertheless, it is possible to have nearly imperceptible scarring across ethnicities.  Be sure to address your concerns with your hair transplant surgeon.

Allan J. Parungao, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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