Hair transplant surgery is a well-known treatment for those suffering from male or female pattern baldness but it also has another important purpose. Those who have suffered permanent injury or disfigurement, because of an accident, surgery, congenital birth defect or fire for example, can also benefit from advances in hair transplant technology.
Special attention and multiple procedures
Hair grafts will grow in scar tissue, so it is perfectly possible to have a hair transplant performed over a scar.
If the tissue is thickened or raised local steroid injections may help to flatten it, but once the scar is smooth the transplant can be performed as normal.
However, areas of scar tissue can have a reduced level of blood supply compared to normal areas of the scalp. This means that the grafts should not be placed too close together, otherwise growth can be poor.
Instead, the doctor will need to leave larger gaps than normal between grafts, and as these grow, new blood vessels will form in the area. The patient can then undergo further transplant procedures, adding extra grafts to achieve more density in these areas and a natural looking final result.
At My Imperial Care we have a successful record of performing hair transplants on patients with scar tissue, often resulting from previous procedures performed with older techniques.
When you receive a hair transplant to cover scars, our doctors usually work with quite small areas. They shave a small square in the donor area in the back of the head and extract grafts. These grafts then move to the area of scar tissue to be hidden. The hair transplant is then supplemented with a PRP treatment for best results. Sometimes the scar tissue may be so thick that PRP treatment is needed before the procedure to encourage blood supply to the area.
Different types of scar transplants:
- Hair transplants to hide the scars on the head.
- Hair transplants to conceal scars on the face.
- Hair transplants to hide scars over the eyebrows.
We are also visited by patients who want to correct scars from previous hair transplants using older and inferior techniques, which have created scars in the donor area. It is never possible to completely hide the scars by moving hair follicles to the scar tissue, but in almost all cases it is possible to significantly reduce the characteristically white scar.