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Best Options for Hair Transplant Scar Repair - FUE or Strip?

7/16/2009 12:56:01 PM

Question:

I am considering a scar revision or FUE with Coalition member Dr. True due to an old scar created by a 900 graft procedure. Do you have any advice on which route might be better? The width of my scar is 3-6 mm and about 13 cm long. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

You certainly selected an excellent hair transplant surgeon to perform the procedure. Honestly, it's better to let Dr. True examine your scalp and give you his suggestions as to what he thinks is your best option based on your characteristics.

Follicular Unit Excision (formerly known as Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE) may be a viable option and extracted follicles applied to the scar however, hair growth in scar tissue can be less than optimal. Additionally, FUE as a hair transplant procedure can less than optimal depending on whether or not you're a good candidate for the procedure. Dr. True should be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for FUE scar repair.

Alternatively, if you have good scalp elasticity, you may be a candidate to have your old scar removed and re-closed with another Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) strip procedure. With this method however, even if you have good scalp laxity, there is no guarantee that the scar won't stretch again. Most likely its size will be reduced.

Be sure to discuss both options with your hair replacement surgeon and make a decision that's best for you.

Bill - Associate Publisher


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