This question, from a member of the Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums, was answered by recommended hair restoration physician Dr. William Lindsey:
I previously underwent an unsuccessful follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedure and now have a large strip scar on the back of my scalp. I’m investigating scar revision surgery, but I’m wondering if the follicular unit grafts that surround the scar (and will be removed in the repair) can be salvaged and implanted into balding scalp?
It really depends on how big and thick the hair transplant scar is. If the scar is like beef jerky, then its pretty tough to get any hair out without transecting it or having essentially an antiquated 1 haired minigraft. If the scar is soft, sure. We are doing a scar repair from elsewhere next week and after the pre-operative exam, we noticed that part of his scar is soft, and part is “jerky”; so I am not sure how many we can save, but we’ll try to get all we can.
Dr. William Lindsey
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