A hair transplant is a process by which you can revive your dwindling hair stock. The hair transplant surgery is a procedure in which your hair at the abundant site is extracted and grafted onto the site with scarce hair. Many people opt for it every year. However, undergoing it poses a lot of questions such as how much the procedure will scar you and when will they exactly fade away. Well, it is not easy to answer this question but one can find out the answer depending on the type of transplant, the skill and the precision of the surgeon. In this article, we aim to find out the answer to the queries people put regarding the scarring after hair transplant.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
It is one of the methods of transplant surgeries that have been around since a long time. The method is popular by another name: the strip method. It is called so because it involves the extraction of the scalp strips from the donor area of the patient. It usually includes the back and the side area of the scalp. After the extraction, the strips are separated into various follicular units. They are kept in sterile petri dishes by the nurses. All this while the surgeon makes holes in the recipient area which is the area where you would like the hair to be transplanted. This process is known as grafting of the hair follicles.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
It is one of the latest methods for performing hair transplants. The process involves the extraction of the follicular units from the donor area using specialized tools. This method does not use the strip method for extraction purposes. The follicular units are transplanted to the recipient area through microneedles. These needles are capable of punching holes in the recipient area. These holes are just the right size to adjust the removed follicular units.
Both procedures are capable of transplanting the hair and delivering natural-looking results. However, FUT tends to leave more scars than FUE. The reason is simple: removal of an entire strip will cause more scars than the extraction of individual tiny follicles.
Why do people avoid scars?
Of course, nobody would like to sport a scar. Sometimes, a scar is inevitable if it happens due to an injury or operation. However, how we look after the hair transplant surgery is something we can control by opting for the right kind of treatment. No one wants to show scars to the world. They look ugly and give away the fact that you had a hair transplant.
The above discussion doesn’t mean that FUT is not an effective method. That’s the reason many clinics will offer you a choice between the two. Should you choose it, your scarring will majorly depend on three factors-your body’s healing capacity, the surgeon’s skill and the number of strips used for the surgery. A long thin scar that runs in a straight line will be visible after the FUT. An inexperienced surgeon might give you a scar that looks longer and worse. If the scar becomes infected while it is healing, it could lead to a lot of discomfort. So make sure that the clinic is up to the mark and follows the required hygiene standards. You must also avoid strenuous activity and keep the operated area clean.