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A guide to reducing the appearance of hair transplant scarring

POSTED: 21 December 2016

Modern hair transplants have improved exponentially since the 1970’s. The bald patch used to be removed, tightening the scalp and leaving a large, ugly, scar. Today, after either of the modes of hair transplant, you may still experience some minor scarring.

The scarring associated with modern hair transplants rarely pose a cosmetic threat as they are largely hidden under the hair. FUT hair transplants will leave a small scar where the strip of follicles were harvested and FUE transplants can leave small scars where each follicle was removed.

These scars are not imposing, the increased hair growth combined with self-care habits will reduce or even eliminate visibility over time. While scars cannot disappear completely, they can be improved and hidden with ease. There is a degree of patience required as with all good things; the marks from surgery will not disappear overnight.


Products to avoid after your hair transplant

Acids and other harsh ingredients can worsen the appearance of scars. Avoid complicated bath products with perfumes and chemicals, which can aggravate the damaged skin. Instead use a gentle formula designed for damaged or sensitive skin.

Any pharmacist will be well versed in the different products available. Often these products will use natural ingredients like oats or aloe-vera, this will keep the scalp moisturised and allow the skin to repair itself in an optimum environment. There are also products like Bio-Oil, that are designed to help damaged skin. Results vary from person to person but these products can help the appearance of scars massively.


Protect the scalp from harsh sunlight

There is a certain amount of preparation needed. Sunlight, for example, can worsen the appearance of scars, so it’s important to protect your skin. SPF 30 or higher, combined with regular application after swimming or exercise, will help protect the vulnerable skin from damaging UV rays.

FUT patients will have a slightly larger scar, however the smaller scars from the FUE procedure will not need as much attention. A heightened awareness of general skin care principles is key to ensuring the best healing process for scarring.


Choosing the right hair transplant surgeon

It’s important to choose the right surgeon. There are a myriad of companies and clinics offering hair transplant services. Choosing a reputable surgeon that is a personal fit for you is essential for getting the best out of your surgery. Most serious scarring is through bad surgery and avoidable through adequate research. This is not something to be taken lightly and preventive measures are the best measures.

If you are worried about scarring, an FUE hair transplant is the most covert method of hair transplantation, leaving minimally visible scars. Further cosmetic surgery can be prohibitively expensive and feel extreme, most patients never need to alter the appearance of scars surgically. Through good skin care and attention, your scars will pose no problem.

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