Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) vs Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) for Hair Transplant Strip Scar Repair?

Thu 5 Jan 2017

This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Glenn Charles:

Around six years ago I had a strip hair transplant surgery that left me with very wide scar. I have had two strip procedures: the first as mentioned 6 years ago, the second in December 2015 which has turned out great and has left a thin scar. I would like scalp or body hair placed into both scars and would also like to have some hair into my temple triangles too if possible. My main aim after the procedure would be to be able to wear my hair short with a nice frame to my face, so if future loss occurs I can still crop my hair fairly short, without using concealer on my scar.

I would love people’s advise, or anyone who has had a similar experience who has had follicular unit extraction (FUE) or body hair transplantation (BHT) into a scar and can now wear their hair short.

Did you ever consider scalp micropigmentation (SMP) into the scars? I’m always concerned about using donor follicles to go back into the donor area in younger patients who may need more transplants for thinning or balding areas in the future. Plus if you were not pleased with the results you could always have grafts placed into the scars.
FUE into the temporal areas does work well. Good luck!
Dr. Glenn Charles
Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.

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