Would Hair Transplant Scar Revision Be Worthwhile?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a form of scalp scar revision I had hair plugs done many years ago which has left me with a lot of ‘bumps’ on my head since I now shave my head. Can these be reduced in any way so that my scalp is more smooth and not so bumpy and irregular?

A:  Your scalp issue does represent an unusual form of hair transplant scar revision. Most commonly this issue relates to the donor site scar on the back of the head. But old style large follicular unit plugs can certainly be an issue if one is now shaving their head or wants to. Trying to get good improvement in your scalp situation is not an easy one even though the techniques to do it are not hard per se. Ideally what you should do is a ‘test patch’ of a scalp area with dermabrasion to see how improvement you can get before launching forward on your whole scalp. If a small area done under local anesthesia shows good improvement then you could do your whole scalp under anesthesia. On the one hand this is not the most efficient way to do it but there would be little sense in doing your whole scalp if the amount of improvement would not be worth it. This issue applies to both the donor and recipient areas. It is just hard to predict what the level of improvement would be had with dermabrasion for your hair transplant scar revision so you want gauge the depth of your efforts by testing first.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana