FUE and FUT are two of the most popular hair transplant methods and both techniques leave scars. FUE employs individual follicular unit extraction, leaving tiny “pinpoint” scars scattered across the donor area. These scars are significantly less noticeable than FUT scars and can often be camouflaged effectively.
In contrast, FUT involves the removal of a strip of scalp resulting in a linear scar. Although this can be easily concealed by the surrounding hair, the scar can become obvious when you wear your hair short or fully shave your head.
Why Does FUE Leave Scars?
Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is a hair transplant method that involves the extraction of follicular units from a donor area and transplanting them to the recipient area. The donor hair are usually taken from the sides and back of the head, where growth is usually stable and permanent.
To do this, hair transplant surgeons use a small punch (0.7 mm-0.9 mm) to cut around each hair follicular unit for extraction. As a result, small scars measuring 0.7 mm-0.9 mm are left behind in the donor area, which typically heal within two to three weeks.
Hide FUE Scars with SMP
For individuals concerned about the visibility of FUE scars, there is a solution: Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). SMP is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves depositing tiny, specialized pigments into the scalp.
This technique creates the illusion of hair follicles and effectively camouflages any scars or areas of thinning hair. By blending the pigment with the natural hair color, SMP helps to conceal FUE scars. When done by an experienced technician or hair transplant surgeon like Dr. Keene, your SMP results can be remarkably natural.
SMP is safe and minimally invasive and can be tailored to your specific needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Keene will meticulously match the color and density of your existing hair to ensure a harmonious and undetectable outcome.
What makes SMP a go-to option to conceal hair transplant scars is that SMP provides a long-lasting solution with minimal downtime. Generally, you’ll only have to visit your SMP provider at least once every three years for a touch-up.
Best Hair Transplant Surgeon in Arizona
Dr. Keene is a board-certified surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in hair restoration surgery. As a multi-awarded hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Keene has helped countless patients regain their hair and confidence.
Your hair restoration journey begins with us. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Keene at the Physician’s Hair Institute. We serve patients in Scottsdale and Tucson, Arizona, and surrounding areas including Flowing Wells, Oro Valley, Florence, Coolidge, Safford, and Drexel Heights.