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Eliminating a Previous Hair Transplant Strip Scar?

8/10/2009 12:11:55 PM

Question:

I'm at the 2 month mark after my hair transplant and transplanted hair graft are still in my scalp. They feel hard and prickly. Shouldn't they have fallen out by now? I'm anxious for the new hairs to grow and I think these stuck grafts are hindering new hair growth.

Answer:

The good news is, there are usually options available to help reduce the appearance of a previous hair transplant strip scar. However, a strip scar can never be truly eliminated.

Typically hair transplant scar repair surgery consists of excising the old scar and re-sealing the wound with the latest techniques in hair restoration in hopes that it will heal better and smaller. Risks of scar stretching do exist and are sometimes outside of a physician's control. An alternative surgical method to reduce the appearance of an existing strip scar is by placing follicular units into the existing scar via the follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) method. This approach doesn't reduce the width of the actual scar, but helps to camouflage it.

You can also do a search for "scar repair" on our hair loss discussion forum. There you'll find an abundance of information on reducing the appearance of an existing strip scar.

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