Can a Hair Transplant Be Done on a Scar?
Progressive hair thinning and hair loss are worrying sights but waking up from surgery to discover that a section of your hair is missing is all the more distressing. Scars that are on the head, whether they are on your scalp or on your face, are very visible. Generally, these types of scars are caused by burns, surgery, skin grafts, radiation therapy, or an injury.
A hair transplant on a scar is a permanent solution to hide the visibility of this damaged area. By restoring the natural hair growth, you will no longer be able to see the scarring. Subsequently, you can move on more easily from the cause of it because you’ll no longer have a visible reminder.
- How do you tell if your scalp is scarred?
- How do you hide a scar on your head?
- Can you get a hair transplant on scar tissue?
How do you tell if your scalp is scarred?
The reason why scars form is very logical. In order to protect an open wound from infection, our body first bleeds, then the blood clots to form a scab. The scab acts as a shield at this point from bacteria and further external damage. Without delay, fibroblasts (a connective tissue cell that secretes collagen) build restorative tissue beneath the scab formation.
Humans are born with all the hair follicles we will ever have – that’s a total of 5 million hair follicles. Hair doesn’t grow on a scar because the scarred area is new skin that doesn’t contain any hair follicles.
When your skin becomes injured or burnt, the hair follicles in that location are destroyed and they don’t regenerate afterwards. Thus, the damaged area appears bald and with a slightly different skin texture and appearance.
Unfortunately, these scars are very visible on your head, especially if they are where hair was before. After all, the contrast between the bald patch and the surrounding thick hair makes the scar undeniably obvious. Therefore, a hair transplant on the scar is effective because it removes this stark difference.
Do scalp scars go away?
To explain, scar tissue is the product of the body’s “rapid response system”. Instead of slowly building up skin the normal way, fibrous tissue is formed quickly to heal a wound.
Our normal skin is made from a cross-weave of collagen whereas a scar is made from skin that aligns parallel to the existing skin. Hence why scars stand out from the surrounding skin.
There are natural methods to reduce the visibility of scars. However, there isn’t a natural way to regrow hair here (only surgically through a hair transplant on scar tissue).
Eventually, the colour of your scarring can blend in with the surrounding skin, which means they become less noticeable. This process can be sped up using:
- Aloe vera
- Vitamin E
- Coconut oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lavender and olive oil
- Baking soda
- Rosehip and frankincense
How do you hide a scar on your head?
If your scar is on your face, makeup is sometimes an effective cover-up solution (e.g. eyebrow makeup). Whereas if the scar is on this area of the scalp, wearing a hat or a headscarf is the easiest way to hide it. Though this isn’t always ideal.
The problem with doing this is that wearing a hat isn’t always possible, for example in an office environment. The most effective way to hide it on your head is with a hair transplant over the scar.
Can you get a hair transplant on scar tissue?
When you contact us about your hair transplant, we will assess your scar and discuss the next steps with you. Since scars aren’t uniform, they are assessed on an individual basis. Therefore, the number of hair grafts needed is calculated depending on the size of the area.
Hair transplants can effectively cover areas of a scar by inserting individual hair follicles into the scarred skin. The blood supply to this skin is different compared to normal skin.
For that reason, more than one hair transplant on the scar may be required for a thick coverage of hair. As with a standard hair transplant, the hair grows 3-4 months after the procedure. Full hair growth is achieved after approximately 1 year.
During the hair restoration procedure:
- Firstly, hairs are taken from a donor area (usually at the back or side of the head, but this will depend on where the scar is) using FUE hair transplant surgery.
- Secondly, the hairs are placed into a nutrient-rich solution.
- Thirdly, the transplanted hair follicles are inserted into the recipient area. The hair transplant procedures used depends on where the scar is, and what will achieve the best results.
Does a hair transplant on a scar hurt?
For all our hair transplant procedures we use a local anaesthetic that’s administered using the Comfort-In technique. This ensures that you are comfortable during the process.
We use this anaesthetic for normal hair transplants and for a hair transplant on scar tissue. Furthermore, it’s also used for transplants on the eyebrow (e.g. for alopecia eyebrows) and beard areas.
How can I hide scars from the FUT hair transplant procedure?
In fact, your scar may not be caused by an injury but actually the result of an FUT hair transplant. FUT strip hair transplants are an outdated technique that saw a strip of skin (full of hairs) removed from the back of the head. Afterwards, this was then dissected and the hair follicles inserted into the recipient area.
This technique left a strip scar at the back of the head. Although it can be covered with long hair, it can also be visible. You can hide the transplant scars from a follicular unit transplant (FUT) with hair transplantation using the FUE method (follicular unit extraction).
This effectively inserts hairs into the scar, and when the hairs have grown the scar is no longer visible. Occasionally dot scars remain after the FUE procedure, but these are more naturally hidden by your hair than the strip scar.
A hair transplant on scar areas helps people who have suffered from burns or injuries to move on with their life. Having a visible reminder of what you went through in the past isn’t pleasant.
Therefore hiding your scar with transplanted hair is the perfect solution. This scar repair enables you to live a normal life without people commenting on it. Contact us to talk about how we can help you.
Do you have more questions or are you suffering from hair loss issues ? Then feel free to to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries.
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