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How to Fix an Old, Stretched Hair Transplant Scar

3/16/2009 11:10:33 AM

Question:

I have a scar at the back of my scalp. It developed when I had a hair transplant about two years ago. The incision opened and tore due to stretching. The doctor at the time had trouble closing the donor area. The scar is about 3/4" x 1 1/2" in size. To repair this, can hair be transplanted in this area?

Answer:

There are a few approaches to hair transplant scar repair. The first is to harvest a new strip and re-close the donor wound under minimum tension. This approach is especially good if you desire more hair to cover additional balding areas. However, there is no guarantee that a new closure, even if state of the art will prevent scar stretching. Thus, if your wound was closed under high tension the first time, a minimal tension closure may significantly reduce your risk. The second approach is to use the follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) technique to extract follicles from other areas of the scalp and transplant hair into the scar. Hair growth in scar tissue may not be optimal however; this approach typically works pretty well in the right candidates. This second approach should only be used if the patient isn't planning on having additional follicular unit hair transplant (strip) procedures.

Speak to a qualified hair transplant surgeon about your options and select one suitable for you.

Bill
Associate Publisher/Editor


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