How Soon after Surgery Can I Revise a Hair Transplant Strip Scar with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
How soon after a hair transplant strip removal can the scar have FUE grafts put into it? My last strip operation was in October and it’s already stretched significantly.
Also how long do you need to wait after a hair restoration surgery before doing follicular unit extraction into the previously transplanted area? I’m guessing at least 8 or 9 months to avoid planting grafts on top of previously planted ones that are still emerging.
It takes a follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) scar 18 months to become supple. This would be the best time to fill it with FUE grafts and disguise its straight line. If done earlier, graft take is certain to be less than optimal.
In response to your second question, 6 months is a long enough wait before we can go in again for a second harvest from the same donor area. For filling up a previously planted area, 9 months is a reasonable wait period.
Dr. Tejinder Bhatti
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