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How to Deal with a Donor Scar after a Hair Transplant

7/27/2010 5:16:51 AM

Question:

No one told me that the donor area would have a hairless line that can be noticed if you cut your hair too short. Now I'm wondering if I have to keep my hair long in the back forever so I won't have this noticeable line where they extracted the donor hairs. Is there anyway around this?

Answer:

What you are referring to is known as the donor scar and it is one of the issues that patients who choose follicular unit transplantation (FUT) have to contend with.  

Depending on several factors including your hair and scalp characteristics and the technique your hair transplant surgeon used to close the donor site, it may be possible to cut your hair as short as ¼ inch once your scar matures. This may take up to 10 months.

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees. Some scars may stretch requiring longer hair or, in rare cases, scar revision surgery. Another option may be to have follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) into the scar to help disguise it.

Give your donor scar time to heal. If you do not get the results you are looking for, I recommend you discuss your options with your hair restoration physician.

David (TakingThePlunge) - Assistant Publisher and Forum Co-Moderator

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