Often, scars that occur in areas where hair grows can stand out a lot. Some scars are small and easy to hide, while others need scar repair. Scars can be found on the scalp for many different reasons such as an injury; however, we also specialise in FUT scar hair transplant repair. We use our revolutionary FUE hair transplant surgery to help disguise the appearance of FUT scars.
What is hair scar repair?
The procedure involves removing hair from the donor area found on the body or head with the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique and placing them into the scar tissue.
However, it is important to note the growth rate and survival of grafts in scar tissue is less than in healthy skin and can vary widely in different types of scars.
Can I have a hair transplant on scar tissue?
It is possible to implant hair into scar tissue, and the grafted follicles from the donor site will grow over time. However, it is quite common for scar tissue to have reduced levels of blood supply compared to normal areas of the scalp. This is a problem because hair follicles need a blood supply to survive and function. If the blood supply is inadequate, the transplanted hair follicles will die or be unable to function properly.
Scars on the scalp can occur for a multitude of reasons, such as automobile accidents, sports injuries, birthmarks, or burn injuries. The injured areas are often bald after healing. However, hair restoration techniques like an FUE procedure and advanced tricho pigmentation can be used individually or in combination to make scars non-visible.
IIf I have an inflammatory disease, can I have FUE scar repair?
You can also be left with scars on the scalp as a result of several inflammatory diseases. For example, discoid lupus erythematosus, lichen planopilaris, and severe forms of psoriasis can all cause scarring.
We do not recommend hair transplantation procedures if the disease is active. A minimum of two years of disease inactivity is advised before hair transplantation is undertaken.
What will affect my chances of getting a hair transplant on scar tissue?
Although the procedure to transplant hair follicles into scar tissue works well in the majority of cases, many individual factors can affect the final cosmetic result. For example, if the scar is hypertrophic, i.e., too thick, then it can limit the amount of blood that gets to the newly grafted hair follicles, preventing them from growing and functioning properly. This then affects the overall result of the hair scar repair procedure.
Conversely, if the scar tissue is atrophic, i.e., too thin, then the scar tissue may be too delicate to hold transplanted follicles. This means the graft acceptance would be lower than expected, and we recommend a test session to start with including detailed consultation.
To get a more accurate idea of whether we can successfully cover up your scar, book a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists.
Can hair transplant scars be removed?
Linear scars as a result of follicular unit transplantation (FUT) cannot be removed. However, they can be fixed with a transplant repair. This involves grafting individual hair follicles using donor hair from other areas of the scalp into the scar tissue to hide the scar with the FUE method. Other less effective methods can be used to reduce the size or noticeability of the scar.
FUE hair transplant scar revision is very different from the FUT procedure you may have already had. Although the treatments work in similar ways, our revolutionary FUE repair method leaves the donor area with minimal scarring. This means you will not have to worry about any further scarring issues.
Advanced Tricho Pigmentation (ATP) treatment for scars
If an FUE hair transplant scar repair procedure is not suitable for you, ATP or Advanced Tricho Pigmentation treatments may be a suitable alternative. Similar to other pigmentation treatments such as scalp micropigmentation (SMP), this innovative option mimics the look of shaved hair follicles to give natural-looking results.
Scarring can reduce the blood flow to the skin, so a hair transplant for scarring may not be viable for you. However, ATP works similarly to a tattoo and recreates the natural pigments and strokes of your hair. To the naked eye, it looks like you have a shaved head, and it is an ideal treatment to conceal scars when a hair transplant for your scar removal is not possible.
Advanced Tricho Pigmentation (ATP) treatments can also be used for eyebrows, sideburns and receding hairlines to improve the look and fullness of your natural hair. This treatment is specialised and precise and is a top choice for anyone looking to achieve excellent scar tissue repair results in a natural and undetectable way.
If you would like more information on hair scar repair, please contact The Harley Street Hair Clinic today.