Unaesthetic and unpleasant scars in the donor area are often the result of the use of outdated techniques or even the wrong ones. A further problem involves the wound not closing properly, meaning that the scar gets overstretched. One of the main reasons for this is that no account is taken of the different levels of scalp elasticity in the different areas.
Unaesthetic and/or unduly wide scars can be corrected, though there are certain factors needing to be taken into consideration:
- the width of the scar
- the position of the scar in relation to the donor area
- scalp elasticity in the area surrounding the affected patch
- FU density in the area immediately surrounding the scar
FUE is an option used successfully to make scars practically invisible. The method involves extracting individual hair roots, the so-called FUs, and implanting them in the scarred area. By doing so, the affected area - including the scar - will later be covered by own hair.
Where there is sufficient elasticity in the area of the scar, the existing scar can be removed. A combination of scar removal and the concurrent use of trichophytic closure with FUT is often appropriate here.
In cases where the scalp lacks elasticity, we recommend massaging the scalp daily for several months prior to the corrective hair transplant. Such stretching exercises are a proven help, directly increasing scalp elasticity and having a positive influence on the treatment.
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