Does FUE hair transplant surgery leave scars? This is a common question asked by many patients who visit us. In this blog we explain the answer to this common concern.
Can having a FUE Hair Transplant leave scars?
FUE hair transplant surgery does leave scars at the back and sides of your head. These scars occur in the donor area of your scalp- the area where hair follicles have been taken out.
It is important to realise that a well performed FUE hair transplant DOES NOT leave noticeable scars. This is dependant on the skill and experience of your hair transplant surgeon. At The Treatment Rooms we take pride in making sure our patients DO NOT have noticeable scars following their surgery.
Why does an FUE hair transplant leave scars?
FUE (follicular unit excision) hair transplant surgery involves taking each individual hair follicle and re-implanting it into areas of balding. In order to take out a hair follicle our surgeons need to cut around each hair using a small punch (0.8mm-1mm). This area of the scalp then heals in 2-3 weeks, creating small 0.8mm-1mm sized scars in the places where hair follicles have been taken out.
Is it possible to have no scars?
It is NOT possible to have no scar formation during an FUE hair transplant. The process must involve cutting around each hair follicle individually. Because of this, having scars is unavoidable. However a core principle of FUE hair transplant surgery is the ability of the surgeon to conceal these scars. This means you won’t see the scars that form unless you cut your hair very short.
Hiding scars in FUE hair transplant surgery
One of the main benefits of FUE hair transplant surgery over FUT (strip) hair transplant surgery is that it is easier to conceal your scars. As the scars formed in FUE hair transplants are very small (0.8mm-1mm) it means they can be hidden by surrounding hair. One of the main factors your surgeon will need to keep in mind is not to take out too many hairs from the back of your head. Leaving plenty of hair at the back of your head will allow for any remaining hairs to grow and cover any scars.
If you wanted to cut your hair down to a grade 0 or 1, these scars may become visible as the surrounding hairs aren’t long enough to cover them. It is important to discuss this with your surgeon before your surgery. You must be aware that you will have to keep you hair longer than a grade 1 at the back of your head after FUE hair transplant surgery.
Can I treat these scars?
If you want to cut your hair to a grade 0 or 1 and have a hair transplant you can conceal small dot scars. You can undergo scalp micropigmentation (a form of medical tattooing) to the small scars. The aim of the treatment would be to colour the scars a similar tone to your hair colour. This would help conceal any scars by blending the contrasting scar and hair colours together.
What can go wrong?
At The Treatment Rooms London we often see patients who want a poor hair transplant result fixed by us. They often complain of large visible areas of scars at the back of the head. The main reasons why their scars are more visible than patients who have undergone a hair transplant at our clinic are:
- Too many hairs have been extracted from the back of the head- this means scars cannot be concealed by remaining hair
- The surgeon did not spread out the extraction of hair follicles. This means too many hair follicles in a small area have been taken out- leaving patchy areas of no hairs
Examples of the above are shown in the picture below: