Wed 16 Jun 2010
If follicular unit grafts from FUE are transplanted into the scar from a strip procedure, how short can the hair be cut without exposing the strip scar?
It all depends on the FUT scar. An excellent follicular unit transplantation scar may be undetectable, but they are rare. A very good strip scar can be camouflaged with just a small buzz of overlying hair and, if needed, a follicular unit extraction procedure may help but probably not.
While a good scar may need FUE for a buzz cut to conceal it, a poor scar may require a lot more work. How much work depends on both the doctor and the patient as both have a role in the healing process.
Lastly, one patient’s idea of a bad scar may not be the same for all others. Recently I had a patient see me about a scar that really concerned him. While I think that I can improve it, I did tell him that I’d personally grade his scar as a “B” or “B+”. Improving a B scar to an A scar may not be worth as much to him as perhaps improving a D to an A, which would result in a dramatic change.
Dr. Lindsey McLean VA
David – aka TakingThePlunge
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