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Repairing a Stretched Hair Transplant Strip Scar

1/3/2014 12:40:22 AM

Question:

I have had three strip surgeries, one for 500, 800, 1800 grafts. The last surgery did not go well. I have wide linear scarring from one ear to the next and have also dealt with 10 years of pain caused from nerve damage (what neurologists say) immediately after the third surgery. I also have more hair loss at the front of the scalp and it doesn't look natural. What options are there for minimizing scarring from the donor area?

Answer:

I’m very sorry to hear about the results of your latest hair transplant. Unfortunately, scar stretching happens from time to time. You’ll need an examination by a skilled and experienced hair restoration physician in order to determine the best option for your scar revision. However, wide scars can often be addressed through scar repair surgery where the stretched scar is excised and a new one is created in its place or through follicular follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE).

Here is an example of scar repair through excision performed by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. William Lindsey:

Dr. Lindsey 4 years out from scar repair McLean VA


Here is an example of scar revision via FUE performed by recommended hair transplant surgeon Dr. Kyriakos Maras:

HDC Hair Transplant Clinic - Dr. Maras - Scar revision with 800 scalp FUE + 175 Chest:


Another method of addressing wide scars that is gaining popularity is scalp micropigmentation (SMP). Here is an article from our Hair Loss Q&A Blog about concealing a strip scar with SMP:

Camouflaging a Hair Transplant Surgery Scar with Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?


Again, you’ll need to seek the advice of a professional in order to determine the best treatment plan for you.

David (TakingThePlunge)

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