Hair transplants have become a widely-accepted option to address hair loss. While they provide the benefit of replenishing balding areas with natural, thick hair, they also come with a potential downside: hair transplant scars. Any surgery leaves scars, and hair transplants involve incisions on the scalp which causes scarring. Still, in the hands of a good surgeon and with adequate care these scars can be minimized sufficiently to pass unnoticed. In this complete guide, we will discuss all the information related to hair transplant scars including types of scars, treatment approaches and how it is possible to minimize their visibility.


Do Hair Transplants Leave Scars?

It is true that hair transplants do result in scarring but the amount of scarring respectively depends on factors such as age, scalp condition and also depending upon a surgeon’s skills. Various hair transplant techniques lead to various levels of scarring.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Scars

Follicular Unit Transplantation, which is also called ‘ the strip method’ or ‘strip surgery’, concerns a small piece of skin taken from the donor site on the back area of the scalp. The surgeon then does a suture to seal the incision. The harvested strip is microscopically dissected to release hairs which are then inserted onto the balding sites. This technique leaves a narrow, linear scar in the donor area that is proportional to strip size. But, in the majority of situations, the scar remains insufficiently large to be covered with an adjacent hair.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Scars

Unlike FUE, however, the treatment does not involve taking away a slab of skin. Therefore, micro-punch is used to remove individual hair follicles from the shaved donor site. Each extraction leaves a tiny circular scar around the hair follicle, usually not more than one millimeter in size. The number of scars also depends on the amount of hair follicles that were transported. With a qualified surgeon, the scars can be covered with new hair growth in the recipient area.


Why Do Some Hair Transplants Create Visible Scars?

The hair should not be trimmed very short in the initial phase of healing over six to twelve months because visible scars may result from it. But full coverage of the scar tissue is still hindered by short hair. Moreover, if the surgeon removes more hair follicles than necessary from the donor site or focuses extraction on a single area, leaving behind bald spots that expose the scars. But competent surgeons try to reduce the number of scars and keep them invisible by taking hair follicles from different parts of the head.

Are Hair Transplant Scars Permanent?

Hair transplant scars are permanent but they fade with time. Naturally, the incisions are a result of scars on the surface area of skin. But a competent and skilled surgeon can make sure that the scars are small, hidden or aesthetically pleasing. If carefully harvested follicles are repositioned to cover scars, then with help of competent surgeons the latter become almost imperceptible.

Treatment Options for Hair Transplant Scars

There are several treatment options that will help minimize their size and reduce visibility. If you are considering a hair transplant for scars, here are two of the most famous options: 

FUE Hair Transplant Surgery for FUT Scars

For those who have linear scars from FUT hair transplant treatment, an efficient choice will be the FUE hair surgery. This process entails harvesting hair follicles from a new donor site using micro punch and implantation on to, as well as around the scar tissue. As the hair transplant grows, it conceals the scar so that one cannot see. While FUE surgery leads to new scar formation in the donor region, these scars are nearly invisible as they blend with residual hair.

But FUE surgery may not be appropriate for all. People who have thick linear scars or low blood perfusion to the scar tissue will not get optimal results from this treatment. It is important to consult our specialists on whether FUE surgery can be used as a scar remediation procedure.

Advanced Tricho Pigmentation (ATP) Treatment for Scars

One of the efficient remedies for hair transplant scars is ATP. This method entails the use of natural pigments in staining the scar tissue so that it resembles hair on a scalp. As with a tattoo, ATP changes the color of the scalp and gives an impression that there is hair growth on those areas. It may be used to camouflage scars, darken balding areas and thickening of thinning hair. The ATP results should look completely natural only if a licensed and knowledgeable technician provides the treatment.


Hair transplant scars are an unavoidable consequence of the procedure, but they can be made less visible and hidden through a competent surgeon along with care. The size and visibility of scars are largely dependent on the type of hair transplant procedure performed by a skilled surgeon. 

If you are looking to cover your scars with a hair transplant in Turkey, contact Esthete Clinic. Our advanced surgeons are focused on minimizing scar formation and later keeping the wound imperceptible by specifically picking hair follicles. 

We provide a customized approach to all our clients, keeping in mind their exact needs. Our 12 years of experience and continuous positive feedback speaks for our expertise in hair transplants.

Book a consultation to talk to one of our experts today! 

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