Is it possible to harvest donor hair between scars and then suture the two scars together to make one scar with another hair replacement procedure?
This question was posed by a hair loss sufferer on our hair restoration forum and answered by Dr. Michael Beehner of Saratoga Springs, NY who is one of our recommended hair restoration physicians. His professional answer is below.
It’s all well and good to talk about taking out both scars and the hair in between and ending up with one scar, but in reality it’s almost never possible. When hair transplant patients have had old “stacked scars,” they are spaced apart just enough and with enough hair in the space between the two scars that that overall vertical width cannot be bridged by simply cutting everything out. It will look like one very wide four-lane highway along the side of your head.
A far better way to approach this situation is to leave every one of those hairs between the scars, because you will need them desperately to shingle down over the scar. Instead, use follicular unit extraction (FUE) in whatever areas you want, including the hair between the scars, and plant FUE grafts into the scar. Another approach is to add tattoo dots along with the FUE follicular units to further help camouflage these scars.
Mike Beehner, M.D.