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FUE Hair Transplant Scarring Explained

FUE Hair Transplant Scarring Explained

You can minimize their visibility, you can hide them, you can speed their healing, but you can’t avoid them entirely. As with any surgery, some scarring is an inevitable consequence of hair transplant surgery. While the Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) hair transplant technique is not nearly as invasive as other surgical procedures and is light years better in terms of scarring than older hair transplant methods, it does involve incisions in the scalp for the extraction of donor’s hair. Whenever the skin experiences such as trauma, scarring of some form will almost always be present.

In this post, we explain what you need to know about FUE hair transplant scarring; why it happens, the factors that determine the extent of post-procedure scars, and the steps you can take after your surgery to minimize scarring and move the healing process along. 

Why Is There Scarring? 

During an FUE transplant, we remove follicular units from the scalp one at a time using a one-millimeter punch device. This stands in contrast to the strip harvesting of groups of follicles which leave behind a more linear – and more apparent – scar. With FUE, small scars occur in a dot-like and scattered pattern that makes them virtually undetectable after healing and regrowth. The minimal scarring means that patients can wear their hair quite short (but not completely shaven) without any visible evidence that they have had hair transplant surgery.

How Much Scarring Will There Be?

If you go out for a gourmet meal, whether the food exceeds expectations or is tasteless and underwhelming is largely in the hands of the chef, who will use their training, education, artistry, and talent to craft a delicious feast for you. Even the finest ingredients won’t mean much if the chef is subpar. Same with hair transplant surgery. 

The most crucial factor in minimizing or avoiding visible scarring is the identity of the surgeon performing the procedure. You need to do your homework and make sure that the doctor you choose for this important crossroads in your life has the skill, technique, and experience to perform an FUE transplant with the care and attention to detail needed to prevent scarring. Precision is the key to a successful FUE procedure, and the key to precision is experience and the skillful use of the most advanced technology available. 

The Miami Hair & Skin Institute’s Dr. Paul Rose was one of the pioneers of the FUE technique and has restored the hair, appearance, and confidence of thousands of patients over the past 15 years. Our approach uses the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation and further minimizes post-surgery scarring.  

Healing Scars After Hair Transplant Surgery

Though scarring should be minimal and heal quickly, you’ll want to be gentle with your scalp and hair after surgery to keep it that way. You’ll be able to return to work and engage in your regular activities in a matter of days, but for the first few nights, try to sleep with your head elevated. Wait a few days before shampooing as you usually would, but don’t be too vigorous when doing so.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Restoration Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, worries about scarring shouldn’t stand in your way. We invite you to schedule a personalized hair loss and restoration evaluation at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute. Our Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally renowned hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Strip Harvestiing

Strip vs. FUE Donor Hair Harvesting

Donor Hair HarvestiingUnderstandably, most hair transplant surgery patients will evaluate the success of their procedure based on the appearance of the once-thinning or balding area of their scalp. After all, bringing back healthy, growing hair is what the process is all about. But what goes into the transplant area must come out from another part of your scalp. Harvesting donor hair is as critical a part of hair restoration surgery as the actual transplanting of the follicles. How those follicles are harvested – and how the donor area looks after harvesting – will have a big impact on how a patient will feel about their appearance after the transplant is completed.

Transplant surgeons typically harvest donor hair from the back and sides of the head where male pattern baldness does not impact hair growth. Since this hair is healthy permanently growing, it makes it perfect for transplantation as it will continue to grow in its new location.

The biggest concern with donor hair harvesting is whether there will be a visible, linear scar left behind after the hair is removed. This is of particular importance for those who wear short hairstyles. 

There are two primary methods which hair transplant surgeons can use to harvest donor hair: strip harvesting and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we favor the latter technique, primarily because of its precision and ability to remove donor hair with significantly less visible scarring than with strip harvesting.

Strip Harvesting

Until the more recent development of the FUE technique, strip harvesting was the most widely used way to extract donor hair. This process involves taking thousands of follicles all at once from the donor area on a “strip” of the scalp. That strip is removed and the doctor then stitches the incision closed, leaving behind a scar that will vary in length depending on how many follicles are needed for the transplant. In addition to scarring, strip harvesting also may involve a longer recovery time than FUE harvesting.

That said, the process does have some positive aspects, particularly the ability to harvest large numbers of follicles in a short period of time.  

Follicular Unit Excision

The advantages of FUE over strip harvesting arise from the precision with which surgeons can remove follicles from the scalp. By removing follicles individually, scarring is minimized as is any damage to remaining hair in the donor area.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we perform follicular unit extractions using a technique called the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure which provides unmatched results in transplantation while also dramatically minimizing any visible or structural damage to the donor area.

Using the ARTAS system, our doctors digitally scan areas of the scalp, identifying hair in its natural groupings. Selected follicular units are then precisely removed from the donor area with an image-guided 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern, leaving most donor area hair in place so that it retains its original natural appearance.

Because scars are tiny and dot-like in appearance, the donor area on patients who undergo a hair transplant using the ARTAS system should look unscathed and give patients the option to wear shorter hairstyles post-operation.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience

To receive a personalized consultation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

5 Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure Gets an Update Name

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have been at the leading edge of hair restoration for decades. Our award-winning surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, have been repeatedly recognized by their peers as leaders and innovators in the field. In fact, Dr. Rose was one of the originators of the hair transplant technique which has become perhaps the most widely used in the world: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Since 2004, he has performed this safe and effective procedure on thousands of patients, restoring their hair to a full, natural-looking appearance.

The Follicular Unit Extraction procedure continues to evolve, with even better techniques and the use of advanced technology such as the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. Now, that evolution also includes a change to the name of this procedure. FUE now refers to Follicular Unit Excision to more accurately reflect the full nature of the treatment.

Follicular Unit Excision is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” The “extraction” part of FUE involves removing follicular units from the donor area with a 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting.

But in order to extract the follicles, an incision needs to be made in the scalp. We utilize the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system to make those incisions at precise locations and depths designed to minimize scarring and maximize the yield of grafts.

Given the precision necessary for this procedure to achieve maximum results, giving it a more precise name makes sense. The word “excision” means “the act or procedure of removing” something. Since the act or procedure involved in harvesting hair using FUE involves more than just extraction, this broader moniker is more accurate.

Unmatched Experience and Unparalleled Results in Hair Restoration

No matter what you call this hair transplant procedure, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are called experts in the art and science of hair restoration, internationally acclaimed and bringing more than 40 years combined experience to their patients. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.