Due to issues associated with the traditional follicular unit transplantation/FUT “strip scar,” many hair restoration patients seek advice on how to prevent hair transplant scars from stretching and treating the issue if stretching does occur. Recently, Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. William Lindsey shared helpful information regarding scar stretching with our Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums and helped address some of these concerns:
The golden window for pre-treating scar issues is from post-operative week 1 to 6. I ask all my hair transplant patients to come back for a free scar check at the one month mark and unfortunately less than 20% of patients follow through.
I do this because if the follicular unit transplantation scar looks good at a month post-operative, it is really rare, but not impossible, for the scar to act up later. And if it looks good, I tell folks to stop vitamin E or mederma – both of which, in my opinion, are useful modalities for pre-treating and possibly preventing scar stretching if it occurs.
Bottom line, if you are prone to scar issues, make sure your hair restoration physician is involved with the post-operative care.
Dr. William Lindsey
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