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“Hair transplant surgical procedures that use follicular units exclusively leave no visible scarring. In Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT), there is a single thin line in the donor area where the strip was removed. In Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) there are multiple tiny round white scars in the donor area, one for each extracted follicular unit. Generally, these scars are undetectable and pose no issues to the patient.
When older techniques of hair transplant surgery are used or when up to date methods are performed incorrectly, scarring can be excessive and may present a cosmetic problem. The scarring may be due to the plug itself which invariably leaves a round white scar, it may be caused by the elevation or depression of grafts seen with some slit and mini-grafting techniques, or it may be due to a stretched or thickened donor scar.
When significant scarring does result, a number of techniques are available to reduce it. The two most effective methods are scar revision, where the direction of a hair transplant scar is changed, and camouflage, where hair is transplanted directly into the scar. Thickened scars can also be flattened with cortisone injections, depressed scars may be raised with dermal fillers and an irregular surface may be made smoother with derm-abrasion or laser treatments.
There is also a technique available called MHT® that may provide the ideal solution. MHT®, or Micro Hair Tattooing, is an innovative, non-surgical treatment that uses a specially developed technique to cover up or colourise the scarred area, giving the appearance of thicker hair in the affected area.
The right solution to fix a scar caused by a hair transplant procedure must be tailored to the specific situation, since each scar is as unique as the individual bearing it.”