Can My Scalp Hair Transplant Harvest Scar Be Improved?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had a hair transplant over 20 yrs ago that I extremely regret. I have just had four sessions of micro scalp pigmentation that I am very happy with how it turned out. Except for covering the scar up. I want to make an appointment ASAP to see how I can diminish the appearance of the scar. Then hopefully with another session or two the scar will not be noticeable.

A: I would not be overly optimistic that your scalp scar can be improved. I have seen many back of the head hair harvest scars and yours is one of the better ones I have yet seen.  It is important to remember that scar revision essentially is about trading off one scar for another one…with the hope that the new scar is less noticeable than the one that was removed. The better the initial scar is the less likely the new scar will be better. Your scalp scar presents a dubious scar tradeoff.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon