Scar correction

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.

    Trichophytic Closure

    Unaesthetic and unpleasant scars in the donor area are often the result of the use of outdated techniques or even the wrong ones.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. 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 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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    FUE: transplanting individual FUs

    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.

    Combinations of different techniques

    Not all scars are fully suitable for an FUE. In certain cases a renewed scar correction with a subsequent FUE, generally within 6 - 8 months, is the method of choice. Whether FUE alone is appropriate for a hair transplant is to a certain extent dependent on the size of the scar, the consistency of the scalp and the hair, and also on how long the patient wants his or her hair to be. Hair normally grows very well on scarred tissue.

    Medical tattoos

    In cases where scars in the donor area are too pronounced, scar correction can be very difficult or even impossible. A medical tattoo matching the patient's hair colour is in certain cases an appropriate long-term solution for reducing scar visibility. Make-up can also help, though needing to be regularly renewed.
    Summing up, there are 5 different corrective methods:
    - The FUE/FUT method  
    - Scar correction  
    - Scar reduction  
    - Lasering  
    - Medical tattoos
    All 5 methods are complementary and can be combined. It should however be borne in mind that in certain cases several different forms of treatment will need to be performed concurrently. Any decision on which method(s) to use needs to be taken on a patient-by-patient basis. An in-depth personal consultation is an absolute “must” and always the first and most important step in correcting previous hair restoration surgery.
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