Hair Transplant for Scar Repair

Average Cost: £5,000
Typical Method Used: FUE


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Can hair follicles be used to cover over scar tissue? They absolutely can! Hair transplant surgery is one of the safest ways you can conceal scar tissue, surgical scars, and even skin grafts. Keep reading to find out more.

Hair Transplants on Scar Tissue: an Overview

Hair transplants are becoming increasingly popular for those seeking to repair scars caused by different types of injuries. These medical procedures have been used for decades and provide a far-reaching solution that goes beyond skin-deep healing.

Hair transplants can work to conceal damaged scarred skin from injuries, using donor hair grafts (transplantable hair follicles) to cover up any sign of skin trauma. Healthy hair follicles contain stem cells that create new tissue and, in some cases, help to repair damaged skin.

Hair transplants on scar tissue can be done using two methods: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). However, in almost all cases, an FUE hair transplant is used for scar repair.

What is Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue, is a type of fibrous connective tissue that forms when the body repairs the damage from an injury or surgery. It is made up of collagen fibres, which are produced in response to inflammation and replace any damage or lost tissue.

Scar tissue is usually less flexible and resilient than the original tissue, with a distinct appearance. It can vary in colour, size, shape, and texture depending on the cause and location of the injury.

Why Can’t Hair Grow Through Scar Tissue?

Hair generally has difficulty growing through scar tissue because it has poor circulation. Scar tissue has a much lover level of blood flow compared to other areas, so the hair follicles struggle to receive enough oxygen and nutrients needed for growth.

Additionally, scar tissue may not be as flexible as other areas of the skin, making it difficult for new hair follicles to penetrate through the hard tissue.

Of course, if hair follicles are implanted during surgery, then there is no reason why these hairs cannot grow.

Why Cover up Scar Tissue?

There are several reasons why people choose to cover up scars. One of the most common is for cosmetic reasons, as scars can be unsightly and lead to low self-esteem or a lack of confidence in physical appearance.

Other people may choose to cover scars to protect them from further damage due to everyday activities such as shaving or applying makeup.

Additionally, some people may choose to cover up scars for medical reasons, as certain scarring can be indicative of underlying health conditions.

Hair Transplant for scar repair: which method is best?

A hair transplant designed to cover scar tissue still raises the same questions as a typical hair transplant surgery: which method is going to provide the best result and least amount of scarring?

Hair Transplant, Treatment, Surgery

The two most popular methods of hair transplant are FUE and FUT. In today’s world, almost all hair transplants that are perfumed use FUE, or Direct Hair Implantation (DHI), a very similar type of hair transplant.

Historically, FUT, sometimes called “strip surgery” had been used. But this leaves a lifelong scar on the pack of patients’ head. For patients seeking scar repair, follicular unit transplantation causes the very issue that the patients are trying to cover!

So, what is the best hair scar repair procedure?

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure

Undoubtedly, FUE hair transplant for scar repairs is the way to go! FUE leaves no nasty lifelong scar. Instead, it provides patients with a 10-14 day recovery period, for the initial scabs (caused during the procedure) to fully heal.

During a follicular unit extraction hair transplant, a small punch tool is used to remove healthy hair follicles from the donor area. Then, all of your hair grafts are analysed individually by a technician. From here, a series of tiny incisions are made into the scalp, allowing the donor follicles to be inserted directly into the recipient area of the scar.

Can I hair transplant over scar tissue?

Yes, it is possible to use a hair transplant procedure to repair and improve scarring. However, it should be noted that the success of the procedure will largely depend on the type of scarring, as well as the health of the skin beneath the scar.

In some cases, certain types of scarring may not be amenable to a successful hair transplant, so it’s important to speak with an experienced surgeon before undergoing any treatment.

Hair transplant procedures may also be used to camouflage existing scarring by creating a more blended look.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for a Scar Repair Hair Transplant surgery?

Although a hair transplant works is available to almost all of the UK population, there are many individual factors with scar patients that can affect their eligibility for a treatment.

For example, if a patient has a hypertrophic (too thick) scar then it can limit the amount of blood that gets to the newly grafted hair follicles. This may prevent the patient from growing their hair, post-surgery. Of course, this then affects the overall result if hair follicles are not able to grow properly

Comparatively, if the scar tissue is atrophic (too thin) then the scar tissue may be too delicate to hold transplanted follicles. This may result in a lower graft yield than anticipated.

If you’re worried about your eligibility or surgery-efficacy rate, then don’t hesitate to speak to one of our hair transplant consultants. Our consultants and surgeons have years of experience in performing scar repair hair transplants. There are no safer pairs of hands!

During your free video consultation, your surgeon will ask for your medical history. If you have a recent history of inflammatory diseases, then it is always recommended that you do not have a hair restoration surgery – until at least 2 years since your last flare up.

Inflammation in the scar could result in your surgery result being compromised. So, having your inflammatory disease under control is of paramount importance.

What Can I Do to Ensure Hair Transplant Efficacy for Scar Repair?

After a successful hair transplant for scar repair, there are some additional steps you can take to ensure good results. First, follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions and keep the site clean. Regularly apply an antibiotic ointment and dressings, as prescribed by your surgeon.

Additionally, avoid excessive heat, such as the sun or hot showers, at the site of the hair transplant surgery. Lastly, be sure to eat a healthy diet and take vitamin supplements that can improve blood supply and promote new hair growth.

Do I need a PRP Treatment After my Hair Transplant Scar Repair?

In most cases, yes. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can be used to help repair scar tissue following a hair transplant procedure. PRP helps to reduce inflammation, improve circulation and healing, and stimulate the growth rate of new hair follicles in scarred areas.

Additionally, PRP may also be used for other types of scarring as well as a treatment for alopecia areata. But how does PRP work?

PRP therapy is a promising treatment for hair loss, especially when used in conjunction with hair transplants. PRP is a concentrated mix of platelets derived form a patient’s own blood. It is injected into the scalp and stimulates the growth of new hair follicles by providing a rich source of nutrients, hormones, and proteins.

As PRP is very effective in ensuring new hair growth in scar tissue hair transplant patients, we always recommend a full three course treatment. For £995, this will help your transplanted hair follicles grow quicker and stronger.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Kieran Dancy
Kieran Dancy
"My experience with Harley Street Clinic was exceptional. I was very apprehensive about getting my FUE procedure done, as one would expect. However, Sara reassured me and was very supportive pre and post-procedure. I am so pleased with the result thus far. The new hairline suits my face, and I cannot wait to see the full results. I must thank everyone at the Harley Street Clinic for their support, guidance, and care."I had an outstanding experience with the Harley Street Clinic. Initially, I had some apprehensions about getting my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure done, as I was unsure about how it would turn out. However, Sara, who assisted me throughout the procedure, was very supportive and helped calm my nerves. She provided me with thorough pre and post-procedure guidance, which was extremely helpful. I am delighted with the results I have seen so far. The new hairline suits my face perfectly, and I cannot wait to see the full results in the coming months. The team at the Harley Street Clinic was very supportive, and I felt like I was in good hands throughout the entire process. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the clinic for their support, guidance, and care. The experience was very positive, and I would highly recommend the Harley Street Clinic to anyone looking to undergo a similar procedure.
David Price
David Price
Thank you to the doctor and team. I was well looked after on the day of surgery and I’m really looking forward to the results. Initial anaesthetic injection was the only bit that I didn’t like but other than that, all good. Would recommend. David
ashley sheppard
ashley sheppard
Lovely surgeon and assistants who made me feel at ease. No pain whatsoever. Would recommend.
Ross Thorndyke
Ross Thorndyke
Great surgeon, quick responses. Even drafted a Locum in to cover the original surgeon being on holiday. Very impressed with the set up and the results are very good so far.
To start, their care and procedures are absolutely incredible, if I was to base the review solely on the Dr and nurses I had for my procedure it would be an easy 5 stars. However I am rating only 4 stars, which I would consider slightly generous. I am trans, although very early transition when I had the procedure, and within the consultation I feel I was overlooked of what I wanted. After being asked what I was looking for from the procedure, I said I was trans, and wanted a natural looking feminine hairline (as well as obviously fixing my natural hairline), to which my consultant claimed that a masculine hairline would be easier to look natural. Going along with this, I thought any hairline transplant is better than nothing, and that he was the professional so I should take his advice and bite my tongue. In fairness, I was not wearing make up and was in jeans and a hoodie for the consultation, so maybe what I said just went over his head or maybe he didn’t take me seriously. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t closet myself at the first sign of push back from what I perceived as a medical professional, even talking to my doctor near the end of the procedure I felt comfortable enough to come out to him after what I had initially perceived to be a transphobic clinic (I promise you it’s not), and wish he was the one to do the consultation in the first place. He even said something along the lines of “I’ve done a masculine hairline on you, I wish you had have said something sooner”, and I didn’t want to cause any trouble for my consultant, so I didn’t say anything. All in all, the procedure went perfectly, and has healed really well. Cannot speak any higher of my doctors and nurses (although I have forgotten their names), and although not entirely happy with the hairline I received, it was done perfectly and is 100x better than my natural hairline. To all my trans girlies out there, please make it really clear what you want, look as fem as possible for the consultation, and if they push back at all - don’t let them walk all over you.
Ricardo David
Ricardo David
Loved the team!
Emma Walker
Emma Walker
I originally took a lot of time researching a hair transplant company within the UK and came across these guys. I have to say that the whole experience has been so smooth from start to finish. Kevin has been nothing but helpful and it was encouraging to know that he only wanted the best for the client. The reason for my hair transplant was traction alopecia and even though I am only 5 days post op I can already see the potential hairline I will have in a few months time. Everything including booking, payment, forms etc was all so easy and straightforward to do with the help of Kevin. The day of the surgery I had my mum come with me and she was able to come into the room to start with before the actual surgery to help choose my hairline and Dr Kalra explained everything not only to me but to my mum also. Then it was onto the actual surgery part of the day and I have to say that while the local anaesthetic injections were pretty painful, the rest of the day was completely relaxing. Dr Kalra and the other staff (sorry I can’t remember their names) totally put me at ease. Everything was explained and if I needed anything all I had to do was ask. Post op I had a lot of bleeding in the donor area which I was worried about but Dr Kalra put my mind at ease straight away. If I had any questions or worries then Dr Kalra and Kevin were always on hand to help. 5 days post op I still have a fair amount of swelling and bruising but it is improving every day and I can’t wait to see results. I’ve booked a PRP session with Dr Kalra for 5 weeks time so I will post another update once that has been done. Thank you to everyone but special thanks to Kevin and Dr Kalra!
Jack Booth
Jack Booth
The whole experience was very straight forward and professional and the staff were very friendly. I felt I was in safe hands with Dr Kalra and the others who did the surgery and the aftercare process was explained very clearly to me afterwards.


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