Hair Transplant Scars

Hair Transplant Scars

Hair transplant surgical techniques have come a long way since the early days of hair plugs. Even so, the scars remain an inevitable by-product of the procedure.

There are two types of surgical techniques widely used today. Each produces a different type of scar. Your surgeon's skill and experience can largely determine how much scar you have left.

Whatever your choice, know that wound closure techniques have improved, as have the procedures themselves.

The chosen technique will be determined by several factors, including:

· The kind of scars you can expect

· Your hair loss pattern

· The quantity and quality of your donor's hair

· The size of the area where your hair has thinned

Cost can also be a factor. You and your doctor can best determine which procedure will work best for you.

Graft Removal Procedure

The two most commonly used surgical procedures for hair transplantation are follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT).

Both surgeries begin to produce visible hair growth within three to six months.


This procedure uses hair follicles collected from the back and sides of the scalp (the donor areas). Your surgeon will extract each hair follicle graft individually with a micro-drill tool. Each extraction leaves a small round scar, up to 1 millimeter in diameter.

Depending on the number of hair follicles removed, this can add up to several hundred or even thousands of puncture scars. These scars may look like small white spots after healing. Each follicle contains one to four hairs.

The hair is then grafted into the recipient areas of the scalp, where small incisions have been made for each hair. Given the laborious nature of this process, it can take several hours or even days for surgery.

The procedure can also be repeated several times over the course of two to three months to get the best result.

FUE is performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. Stitches are not required and the cooldown is generally short.


This procedure requires the surgical removal of a strip of scalp containing hair from the donor area. This is usually found in the back of the scalp.

Once the strip of hair is removed, the area is sutured.

This leaves a linear scar of varying length, depending on the size of the strip removed. In some cases, this scar can extend from ear to ear.

Hair follicle grafts are removed from the scalp strip and prepared for grafting into the recipient areas of the scalp, where small incisions have been made for each individual hair.

This procedure also uses local anesthesia and is performed on an outpatient basis. The stitches are removed about 10 days later.

The FUT procedure can produce more pain and swelling than the FUE procedure. The results vary from person to person.