Can I improve the appearance of my hair transplant donor scar?
- Dr Shelly Friedman, DO
- March 28, 2016
- Hair Transplant Questions
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The scar at the donor area from my hair transplant two years ago is very noticeable. Is there anything that I can do at this point to improve it? I have dark skin and it appears as a very dark, nearly black line that is thicker than I would have expected. It’s also very long and is noticeable if I wear my hair short at all.
Patients who have a wider, more noticeable donor scar from an old transplant surgery can undergo a scar revision (removing the old scar). If a patient is considering another hair transplant surgery, they can have the old scar removed at the same time the new donor strip is harvested if there is enough elasticity.
In a patient who has a tight scalp and cannot undergo a scar revision, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) can be utilized to camouflage the scar by placing follicular unit grafts (1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs) within the scar tissue. This will hide the scar and make it less detectable.
— Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon