So, you’re considering a hair transplantation, and you’re wondering whether you’re going to get scarring. Now remember, there are a couple different types of hair transplant procedures that will give you different types of scarring. The first type of hair transplant procedure was called FUT, Follicular Unit Transplantation. In this procedure, we took a strip of skin from the back of your head for our donor hairs. We had to close the area on the back of your head using stitches, and we called a linear scar. That type of procedure left a scar that was visible when your head was shaven. However, if you wear your hair to any length you are able to cover that scar.
In the last 20 years, a second technique called FUE, Follicular Unit Extraction or Excision, came out, and in this procedure, we collected hairs individually in their little groups, meaning we used a cylindrical blade to pop out those individual units instead of using a strip method.
Now, as those little areas healed, there was still scar in those little areas where the hair was taken out. However, that scar was very small and not likely to be perceptible. If you had a shaven head, however, you might still notice them, not only because of the scar, but also because that hair follicular unit was missing.
Most of the time, my people tell people that even though you had an FUE transplantation, you probably want to wear your hair down to a number one or number two guard to make sure you don’t see any of that scarring. I think a common misconception is there is no scarring whatsoever in hair transplantation. That’s not true. It’s just moved away from the line, and been diffusely placed across your back of your head as little dots. However, there’s still scarring.
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