Will I have scar from a hair transplant procedure?

There are many causes of scarring, and scarring can be divided into two categories:  external surgical factors and inherent patient factors.  The most important concept to understand is that anytime an incision is made, whether it is a linear incision, or a small round circular incision, a scar will be formed.  Our hope at the Gabel Center is that every scar is minimal.  Some of the surgical factors that cause increase scarring is poor surgical technique, taking too wide of a strip, making too large of a circular punch, or operating in a prior area of scar.  On the other side of the coin, some patients are  more prone to forming a scar then others because of their genetic makeup and collagen strength.  When assessing patients at our Oregon hair transplant clinic, Dr. Gabel will obtain a detailed history on each patient to determine how they have healed in the past with surgical procedures.  There are also some physical characteristics that predispose patients to scarring.  When Dr. Gabel examines his patients, he will discuss the risk of scarring prior to any hair transplant procedure.

FUE, FUT, and the strip method?

FUE is an abbreviation for follicular unit extraction and FUT is an abbreviation for follicular unit transplantation. You may also see FUT called the strip method.

FUE is a method in which a small punch- like device is used to remove individual follicular units from the donor area. With FUT or the strip method a piece of hair bearing scalp is removed from the donor area. The wound is then stitched or stapled closed.

What is the donor area

The donor area is located at the back of the head and extends around and above the ears on the sides of the scalp. This is the area that the grafts are harvested or taken from. The hair is harvested from this area because the hairs that grow in this area are genetically programmed to resist hair loss, allowing for long lasting hair transplant results.