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.

What is hair scar repair?

The procedure involves removing hair from the body or head with the FUE technique and placing them into the scar tissue. We wish to state that the growth rate and survival of grafts in scar tissue are less than in healthy skin and can vary widely in different types of scars.

Can hair be implanted into scar tissue?

It is possible to implant hair into scar tissue, and the grafted follicles 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 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.

If I have an inflammatory disease, can I get hair 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 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 into scar tissue?

Although the procedure to transplant hair follicles into scar tissue works, various factors will affect the 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 thin to hold transplanted follicles. This means that the grafts might not work, and may not be able to cover the scar tissue enough to produce the required cosmetic effect.

To get a more accurate idea of whether we can successfully cover up your scar, book a no-obligation, one-on-one consultation with one of our specialists. Book here →

Can hair transplant scars be removed?

Hair transplant scars as a result of FUT cannot be removed, but they can be covered up with FUE hair transplantation. This involves grafting individual hair follicles into the scar tissue to hide the scar. Other less effective methods can be used to reduce the size or noticeability of the scar.