Scars are an unfortunate yet inevitable by-product of hair transplant surgery. Some are worse than others, and whilst it would be fair to say that the size and prominence of these scars has decreased significantly in recent years thanks to modern hair restoration methods, scars are usually still visible and many people bear more prominent scars from less advanced procedures.
It gets worse. In years to come I anticipate an explosion in the demand for camouflage solutions, as todays generation of HT recipients continue to lose hair and can no longer use their remaining hair to hide the hallmarks of their procedures. It’s great that hair restoration is becoming less of a taboo subject, due largely to the number of celebrities now admitting publicly that they’ve had work done, but this is creating a boom in demand and many people cannot afford the high prices charged by the best surgeons. Many men are being sold the dream by chop-shop surgeons and will live to experience the consequences.
Different scar patterns
It is important to recognise that not all HT scars are the same.
Strip scars are the most common, and are the result of simpler FUT (follicular unit transplantation) techniques that are still widely used today. Skilled surgeons tend to achieve thinner, cleaner, flatter scars, however most strip scars remain highly visible.
FUE (follicular unit extraction) scars are much more discreet and consist of multiple round scars in the donor area (usually the back of the head) and smaller scars in the recipient site (usually the frontal hairline or crown area).
Plug or cobblestone scars are the unfortunate consequence of outdated surgical methods that were widely used in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. They are the most challenging scars to conceal, but are by no means a lost cause.
Why HIS Hair Clinic?
It would be impossible to say which provider is able to best use scalp micropigmentation techniques to conceal these scars, as each scar is as unique as its bearer. For this reason it is sensible to look for a broad portfolio of scar treatments (as opposed to just one or two examples) and to find case studies that reflect your own circumstances as closely as possible.
HIS Hair Clinic is a great place to start. It is fair to say that the company has treated more scars than anyone else, but what is really impressive is the number of practitioners they have that have demonstrated an exceptional talent for scar camouflage. Scar tissue reacts entirely differently to pigmentation in comparison to unwounded skin, and it takes an experienced technician to make the most accurate judgments. This is experience that HIS offers in spades.
This company is by no means the only one capable of camouflaging scars effectively. I’ve seen some great work from a number of other providers, but the combination of experience, demonstrated results and large network of locations makes HIS a great choice.
Scar camouflage results
The following photographs all represent the work of HIS Hair Clinic.
What advice can I offer?
During your consultation, HIS Hair Clinic usually express their anticipated camouflage target as a percentage, so they’ll look at your scar and provide an estimate of how visible the scar will be after your procedure. In my opinion, any camouflage estimate of 70% or more is worth considering as this would represent a significant improvement in the appearance of your scar tissue.
If you are dissatisfied with the estimation you are given, ask if you could achieve a better result by lining up some of the chips in your favour. What I mean by this is to find out how the result could be improved. Does the scar need to be flatter? Less textured? A different colour? Once you have this information, you could consider pre-treatments such as Fraxel to improve the chances of achieving the best possible result after SMP. It may also be the case that a full head SMP treatment would help camouflage your scars more effectively. This is a common scenario and should be considered. Finally, your scars may simply need more time to heal prior to treatment.
My final piece of advice is to manage your expectations. It is unrealistic to expect 100% concealment of a large, indented, aggressive looking scar in a prominent position like the back of your head. Even the easiest of scars rarely achieve 100% camouflage. Remember, the aim is to make your scar much less obvious, not to turn back time. Have realistic expectations, and you are much more likely to be satisfied with the end result.
For more information please see this page on the HIS Hair Clinic website.