Hair Transplant Scar Types and How To Hide Them

There are four different kinds of scars that patients carry, depending on the nature of the surgical method used:

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE or ‘dot’) scars
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT or ‘strip’) scars
  • Plug scars (typically from pre-1990’s surgery)
  • Scalp reduction scars

Each of these scar types presents different challenges from a camouflage point of view, and the nature of how they are concealed is quite different.

To what degree the scars can be hidden depends on a number of factors. The color of the tissue in comparison to the surrounding skin, the scar texture, the extent to which it has healed, its size, width, position, whether it is flat, indented or raised, the shape of the head, the amount of hair surrounding the area and not least the skill of any practitioner chosen to remedy the situation, all play a part.

As you probably realize, research is important to ensure you choose the right option for you, and if necessary, the right practitioner to help you.


Temporary concealers

The easiest and cheapest method, however also the least effective, many people use concealers such as Toppik, DermMatch or Nanogen to make their hair appear thicker, subsequently hiding scars under the hair.

Scalp micropigmentation

A pointillism method of tattooing, scalp micropigmentation is the most common option for concealing scars of all types.

FUE into the scar tissue

Typically used to hide FUT scars, this surgical process requires the grafting of hair units into the scar using the FUE method.

Scar revision surgery

A method for historic or bad FUT scars, the scar tissue is surgically removed and the wound is sealed using modern suture techniques.

Laser revision

As laser techniques improve, some clients are turning to Fraxel or Vbeam laser techniques to make their scars less visible.

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