“Are hair transplant scars visible?”
It’s a good question to ask, but the answer is both yes and no. It may sounds confusing, but the reason is that there are two different methods of carrying out a hair transplant procedure, and each one carries with it a different type of scarring – one method leaves a visible scar, and the other does not.
The most well known and popular procedure is known as the ‘strip method’ (also known as follicular unit transplant or FUT). As the name suggests, your surgeon will remove – under local anaesthetic – a strip of your scalp and literally transplant it elsewhere on your head, so that the healthy hair continues to grow in a new location. The area from which the strip is removed is then sutured, which, when it heals, leaves a scar. The size, thickness, and colour of the scar depends on a number of factors including how proficient your surgeon is, and what condition your scalp is in. A skilled practitioner working on a healthy scalp should leave only a small scar, for example, although it will still be able to be seen. The ideal way to cover such a scar is to wear your hair over it – this is why, when the surgeon chooses a place to take the strip from, he or she will ensure that the resulting scar can be covered as best it can. Only if you decide to wear your hair shorter, or shave your head, will it be noticeable.
The second, newer, hair transplant method is follicular unit extraction (FUE). Rather than removing and replacing an entire strip of scalp, the hair follicles are removed individually, and placed in the area of scalp that is thinning. The procedure takes more time and skill, and is therefore more expensive, but because of the tools and precision used, there is hardly a mark left afterwards, which means that you can wear your new hair in whichever style works best for you.