What will my hair transplantation incisions and scars be like?
After assessing your hair, your aesthetic plastic surgeon will determine where to remove the hair follicles for your transplantation. He or she will choose a location that is discreet and surrounded by other hair so that the scar will be less noticeable.
Your hair transplant incisions and resulting scars will depend on the hair transplantation method used.
- Strip harvesting (also known as follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit strip surgery) will leave a long linear scar in the back of your head.
- With follicular unit extraction (FUE), there are multiple graft sites and many more pencil-point scars that can be easily hidden by hair.
- Flap surgery and scalp reduction will produce larger scars that may become more prominent if you experience further hair loss. Your surgeon can give you a better indication of the likelihood of that occurring.
Board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons can skillfully hide incisions whenever possible. Although incision lines are permanent, in most cases they will fade and significantly improve over time. Your incision healing and resulting scars will depend on the surgical technique, the steps you take to prevent infection (nutrition, not smoking, hydrating), and any underlying medical conditions or genetic tendencies.