Does Hair Transplant Surgery cause Scarring?
If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, you’re bound to have questions.
One of the most common is: will I have scars?
As hair transplants involve incisions, some scarring is inevitable. However, the technique used will dictate the level of scarring you develop following your procedure.
In this post, we explore the differences between Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), two of the most common transplant methods utilised today.
FUT versus FUE
When a surgeon performs hair restoration using the FUT technique, they cut a fairly large piece of flesh from the back and sides of the scalp (usually a strip measuring around 30 cm x 1 cm).
This provides the surgeon with the right number of grafts to apply to the patient’s balding areas.
Each graft is a follicle unit containing between 1 and 4 hairs, all of which share the same follicle and skin structure. This cut is made almost from ear to ear, and ends up so big it needs to be stitched.
It’s impossible to remove all traces of this extensive wound entirely, and at least 1 cm of hair is required to cover the resulting scar after the healing process is complete.
The process is completely different with the FUE technique.
The donor grafts are removed from the scalp one-by-one, using a very fine, precise surgical tool. The wounds are kept much smaller than in the FUT procedure, and are distributed across the occipital part of the scalp.
The scars that form are so discrete, they’re virtually unnoticeable. Even a short hair style is usually enough to keep all traces of treatment hidden from view.
As a result, the FUE hair transplant procedure is the leading choice.
Exploring the implantation procedure
There is no difference between the FUT and FUE implantation methods. In both techniques, small incisions are cut into the bald parts of the scalp in preparation for the incoming grafts.
The number of grafts to be placed into the skin determines the quantity of incisions, but it can be between 1000 and 3000. All of these are kept as fine as possible, but are still wounds in the flesh.
In rare cases, infections may occur, disrupting the healing process. This is a situation everyone wants to avoid.
However, as the patient’s own follicles are transplanted, any infections can be cured with relative ease, eliminating the risk of rejections. Scabs form over the wounds once the healing process is underway, but these may be washed away fairly easily.
Eventually, the only remnants of the surgery will be small scars on the scalp, which are almost invisible.
The transplanted hairs will fall out a few days after the hair transplant surgery, but this is entirely normal. This shedding is caused by the shock of the operation, and the transplanted follicles need time to adjust to their new placement.
However, once this transitional period is over, the new hairs will grow and cover these discrete scars completely.
As you can see, FUE is the most appealing of these two techniques, and is available from HairPalace’s expert team. We have helped many men restore their youthful hairlines and enjoy permanent, discrete results with FUE surgery.
Our specialists use cutting-edge technology to achieve the most comfortable, effective, and natural outcome. If you want to learn more and discuss your options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!