Hair transplant scar is one of the main concerns for most patients.

Luckily, hair transplant techniques have come a long way since Dr. Norman Orentreich performed the first procedure in the 1950s.

However, some scarring is still an unavoidable outcome despite radical improvements in surgical technologies and wound-closing practices.

Read on for all the information you need on post-transplant scarring, whether scars can be removed, and how to ensure permanent hair growth that lasts for decades.

  1. Techniques & scarring
  2. Celebrity hair transplant scar
  3. Can they be removed?
  4. How to conceal them
  5. How to find the right clinic

Hair transplant techniques and scarring

Like most patients, you’ll choose your transplantation method based on:

  • The extent of your hair loss
  • The amount of healthy donor hair remaining on your scalp
  • The size of the balding/thinning area(s)
  • Cost of hair transplantation

But scarring should be another key factor when you make your decision. If you’re concerned about how visible scars may reduce your satisfaction with the results, discuss your options with a consultant. They’ll help you find the right technique for you.

The two most common transplant methods used today are FUT and FUE hair transplant. Each creates a specific type of scarring.

Let’s take a closer look at both techniques.

FUT

During FUT the surgeon removes a strip of skin from the back of the head, usually a few inches wide, and harvests its follicles.

The surgeon will suture the donor area together, and those stitches should stay in place for around 10 days. However, they will leave a large visible scar after they’re removed.

This hair transplant donor area scar varies based on the amount of skin extracted — it may even run from ear to ear.

FUT scarring

FUE hair transplant scars

The surgeon uses a precise micro-punch instrument to remove individual follicle grafts carefully, but each “punch” leaves a barely noticeable scar with a diameter of around 1 millimetre.

This technique can create a large amount of tiny scars on the scalp — hundreds, possibly thousands. But no stitches are involved, and the recovery period is usually shorter than with FUT.

Unlike FUT, these FUE scars are nearly undetectable after they heal.

The FUE hair restoration method

Can your hair transplant scars be removed?

Surgeons may try to keep post-FUT scars minimal by performing the procedure with great care, but scarring will still be visible on the back of the scalp permanently.

They’ll always be on your skin, even though scars fade over time. And scarring may be more noticeable as you get older as the scalp gradually sags with age.

Alternatively, surgeons can use the FUE technique to implant follicles into the donor area after an FUT treatment. This stimulates hair growth to help conceal the scar.

But success depends on the thickness of both the scar and hair. Certain medications can make scar tissue thinner, which may improve the outcome.

However, healthy skin responds better to grafts than scarred skin, so this method still won’t guarantee satisfactory results. Your surgeon will help you determine if this is a viable option for you.

Celebrity hair transplant scar

Hair transplants are very popular among celebrities trying to look their best. While FUE is the most popular method, some stars turn to the more outdated FUT method.

Below you can see the MGK hair transplant scar which is the result of his successful FUT hair transplant.

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4 expert tips for concealing post-transplant scars

Hair transplant scar healing time varies, but you can try multiple techniques to conceal your scars after your procedure:

  1. Grow your hair: You may want to grow your hair to cover scars on the donor area(s). But thicker, more visible scars (such as keloid scars) can be harder to mask than others.
  2. Scalp micropigmentation: SMP is also known as scalp hair tattooing or medical hairline tattooing. It’s a permanent cosmetic treatment designed to create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.
  3. Tricopigmentation: Tricopigmentation (TMP) is similar to SMP, but offers temporary tattooing instead. The pigment doesn’t penetrate the scalp as deeply as it does during SMP procedures.
  4. Laser therapy: This technique eliminates damaged tissue on scars’ surface, and stimulates collagen production to improve elasticity. Your skin will look healthier overall, though results can vary.

How to find the right hair transplant clinic for the best results

Hair restoration surgery can promote healthy hair growth across the scalp and achieve amazing transformations.

Surgeons can add density to maturing hairlines, thicken hair on balding crowns, and rejuvenate hair affected by pattern baldness.

But permanent scars are unavoidable with any technique, and they’ll stay visible for the rest of your life.

FUE creates less noticeable scarring than FUT, which is ideal if you want to keep your surgery as discreet as possible.

You may also be able to try scar removal processes to minimise their visibility, cover them with hair, or use SMP or TMP.

However, you must choose a trained, seasoned surgeon with a history of successful transplants.

HairPalace’s surgeons are highly experienced and utilise the cutting-edge FUE2 technique to achieve natural hair growth. This also causes less visible scarring than older methods.

Hair Transplant Scar FAQ

Does hair transplant leave scars?

The technologies and techniques available today are significantly more advanced than those from the early days of hair replacement surgery. However, scars are still unavoidable with hair transplants.

Do hair transplant scars go away? 

Success isn’t always certain with hair transplants, and some scarring is inevitable. Your scalp will naturally begin to sag with age, which can make scars look more pronounced.

How long do hair transplant scars last? 

FUE scars are usually undetectable after a few weeks. However, FUT leaves a large linear scar that will be visible for the rest of your life.

Can hair grow back after scarring?

Hair follicles form under the skin, where they grow hair in a continuous cycle. They need blood to develop, function properly, and regenerate. However, follicles naturally won’t grow back in scarred skin, which means that hair will never grow on scar tissue.

Can hair be transplanted into scar tissue?

It’s possible to transplant hair into scar tissue, but there is a much lower chance of the hair follicle anchoring in and producing growth after the recovery period.

How to fix a hair transplant scar?

To fix scarring, options include scar revision surgery, micropigmentation, and laser therapy. The best approach depends on the scar’s size, location, and characteristics.