If you get a second follicular unit hair transplant (FUT), should you ask the doctor to cut out the entire first scar? I understand this means fewer grafts, but can’t you always just have a third strip procedure to get more grafts?
If the scar is in the “usual and correct location”, meaning not crisscrossing the entire back of the head (which I do see from time to time) then it’s all a mathematical equation of how much hair you need/want, how lax is your scalp, and can you get enough hair from the strip and excise your old scar at the same time. That is what an in-person preoperative consultation is all about.
Bring it up with your hair restoration physician before the morning of surgery so you can think about it. I always discuss it, tell the patient what I’d suggest, and then have them tell me before taking the Valium on the morning of surgery.
Dr. William Lindsey – McLean, VA
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