Sometimes the way hair transplants are advertised would lead you to believe that there’s no blood and definitely no scars left behind. The reality is that if you have surgery of any kind you’ll be left with a scar – even if it’s tiny. As we get older our body can’t heal itself as quickly and those little scars can stick around for life.
Hair transplant scars can be in two different areas. Usually just the donor area (where the hair is taken from) is affected but this is at the side and/or back of the head so unless your head is shaved bald most people wouldn’t see these scars anyway.
The other place where you can wind up with scars is the recipient area (where they put the transplanted hair). Having scars in your donor area is kinda accepted and expected. You’d also normally have microscopic scars in the recipient area – these are pretty much invisible. The problems start when the hair grafts in the recipient area don’t “take” and you’re left with scarring at the front and top of your head and no hair to cover it up with.
Ask anyone with scars from failed hair transplants and they’ll tell you that they’d rather be totally bald than trying to cover up the scars that everyone can see. I’ve had experience of this in my own family – my older brother had a hair transplant when he was 18 performed by a hair transplant surgeon who can only be described as some kind of escaped lunatic.
Now the good news is that there are plenty of excellent hair restoration surgery experts out there. These guys can perform transplants that will make your jaw drop – the results are that good. That being said you still need to be aware of the scarring issue so make sure you discuss this with your clinic before surgery.
If you want the smallest possible amount of scarring (more of them but tiny) then you’ll be looking at an FUE hair transplant. Most transplant surgeons offers these by default now. Some surgeons insist that a strip incision hair transplant (cutting a piece of skin from the back of the head) is still the best method but you will have quite a long scar at the back of your head mega hair.
There is a new type of closure being used for strip incision transplants called the trichophytic closure which means the scar left behind should be almost invisible – but it’s still a scar. There’s no magic involved – just a better type of scar.
For anyone reading this who has existing hair transplant scars either in the donor or recipient there’s hope for you. Hair cloning is still a good bit away from being widely practiced. In the meantime though there are ways to transplant body hair onto your scalp to cover up the donor and recipient scars. If you want more information on this then check out the resource box at the end of this article.
Having a scar from a hair transplant is going to be a fact of life until hair cloning becomes commonplace. Even then microscopic scars will still be a part of the process – you can’t pierce or cut human skin without leaving a scar.