View Full Version : Looking to reduce the notice ability of scar in NH
11-24-2012, 08:17 PM
I am looking into options to reduce the appearance of the two scars from a previous hair transplant operation I had about 20 years ago. The doctor should never had tried to do it given the amount of hair loss I had then, but it was also my fault for not going in with full knowledge.
I live in New Hampshire now and I am starting from scratch about how to make the scars less noticeable.
I have decided to shave my head as I was sick of the way I looked before. I am pretty sure no matter what happens I won't go back, but I would also like the back of my head to look better.
If it helps I recently lost a good deal of weight so maybe there is a chance I might be a real candidate for scar reduction. I don't see that as my only thing to do. Regardless of if I have the scar reduction done I think I would want a FUE procedure as well.
I was also thinking of getting cosmetic tattooing to create the illusion of hairs being in the scar area, but I do not know if that is even possible.
To sum up I am looking for advice from you to find Doctors or others that are reputable to see in the NH area that would give me honest opinions of whether their procedure would actually do what I am looking for.
Any help would be truly appreciated.
11-24-2012, 09:01 PM
You will more than likely need to travel outside of NH.
You should also post large up close photos into your thread, it would help in giving opinions.
11-25-2012, 08:52 AM
Traditional scar reduction surgery can be risky and in some cases can leave a person with the same size or even more of a stretched scar. I think your options really depend on your particular situation. It would be a good idea to post clear pictures so people can get a better idea of what your dealing with.. FUE does seem to be the option of choice by many in your situation and temporary SMP might also help.
11-25-2012, 09:23 AM
These are the best I can get on short notice. Keep in mind that this is with 3 days growth since I last shaved my head. After seeing the pictures I think the scars may be thin enough that scar reduction would only hurt and not help.
I would be capable of limited travel, but cost is a real limiting factor. I no longer have the kind of funds I used to have.
If these pictures are not good enough I will try and figure out a way to get better ones. I don't have anyone to help me so that limits my options.
Options other than those I listed are welcome.
11-25-2012, 03:43 PM
Those scars are very good so you can forget about a revision.
Look up some of StevieR postings here. I would suggest trying a dermaroller first and maybe look into juvaderm, laser or something similar.
Travel to where you need to go.
11-25-2012, 04:43 PM
After seeing the pictures I have to agree that a revision could only make it worse.
I will look into the other options you listed.
If I do get the bumps out of the scar how would I get the area to look more uniform? How would I loose the lines caused be the lack of hair?
As far as the dermaroller would you suggest a home treatment or would I be much better off with a professional in office one?
It looks like I am getting some great information. I am soaking in everything.
One caution though most of these acronyms are new to me and I am clueless as to what they are. I am learning though.
11-25-2012, 04:49 PM
I would start with the dermaroller doing it yourself. Very little expense and see how it goes. Check out some youtube videos on the device and you can even purchase one on Ebay. Then come back in 6 months.
11-25-2012, 04:54 PM
I tried to search for posts made by StevieR and it says invalid user.
I am really interested to see what this person has to say. Could it be that it was misspelled?
Also it seems the dermarollers come in different lengths. Is there a suggested length?
11-25-2012, 07:55 PM
I don't think juvederm would help in anyway, it would only add bulk to your scars. Dermarolling can have some beneficial results, but in order to really tackle the slight raised appearance, I think you would have to be professionally treated with large needle rollers. In your case I don't think trying a small area of temporary micro pigmentation would be a bad idea. Your scars are minimal and this can be a fast, relatively inexpensive fix.
Check out this thread:
11-26-2012, 05:53 PM
Do you know anyone with a good reputation in the New England Area?
Spain is a bit far for me to travel. :)
Even if I had to go to New York, although I am sure anyone there would cost a fortune compared to people in New England.
How can I determine if I should have work done in a particular place?
A quick net search I found these people in NH http://www.permanentcosmeticsbyjamilla.com/
It's sounding like I might be able to get something that might work and not break the bank.
I just honestly don't know where to start and what Doctor's or treatments to trust. I am coming from no knowledge and don't want to be burned again.
Is there a list of reputable people in each of the disciplines around?
Thanks a lot,
11-26-2012, 06:10 PM
These pictures may make it look raised, but the way it feels is actually a valley or completely flush. I obviously can only go by the mirror and can't see it directly, but it sure doesn't seemed raised to me, but I could be wrong.
11-26-2012, 07:10 PM
Some of it looks raised and some of it indented so might be best to start with the dermaroller.
Stevie R is the poster who has done quite a bit of research on scar repair in a very short period of time so he has consolidated quite a bit of information along with links.
11-28-2012, 05:57 PM
How do I find a person that does professional dermarolling?
I just don't know who does that. A dermatologist?
Would I find them listed on the internet as dermarolling?
I had never heard of it before this forum so I don't know where to begin.
11-28-2012, 06:45 PM
Mark do yourself a favour and start researching on your own. You simply cannot rely on any one person for advice and that includes me. Start googling it, obviously you have access to the internet. Try to become an expert on the subject than come back here and start helping others.
You have been given a good start now itís time for some work.
11-29-2012, 03:42 PM
What makes you think I am not already looking on the internet?
I am not just asking you. I am asking the entire forum and isn't that what this place is about helping people with issues?
If you don't want to help then don't. Most of the information I am asking for is not reliable from the internet. Such as how to find a person who is reputable in this field. I am looking for personal experiences from people that were in my situation.
11-29-2012, 04:42 PM
Hey Mark sounds reasonable my mistake. Dermarolling is a fairly simple procedure as you are just rolling the skin with a needled roller. You just need to determine the length of the needles you are comfortable with using. The longer they are the higher threshold for pain needed. 1mm seems to be standard but maybe go for something shorter at first as see how it goes, you can purchase one on ebay at a very reasonable price. If you are not sure how to use it which is basically just rolling it over the scar to break up the fibrous tissue then pull up a few YouTube videos.
Sometimes I find the forums to be frustrating so please donít take it personal no ill intention on my part. Itís a good reason why I could never work in this business I just tell it like I see it and when you want to make money that doesnít work well. Best of luck to you..
11-29-2012, 06:24 PM
Thanks for dealing with my tirade. The searches I have done on scar reduction and what type of professional does dermarolling have been of little use and it's a bit frustrating.
I did listen to you earlier and bought a 1mm dermaroller for home. I used it today and while it hurt a little it wasn't terrible. I also just ordered a wall mirror from Amazon when I noticed that the hand mirror wasn't going to cut it. I do plan to try it myself first, but if it proves too hard or other issues come up I would like to look into a professional treatment as well. However my issue here is who does this? A dermatologist? An internet search on who dermarolls just keeps coming up for the devices and not the profession.
I have also been reading a bit about laser therapy and wonder if anyone has experience with that. From the searches I have done it seems really expensive.
Lastly I have been looking into micro pigmentation and I did find someone within 50 miles of me that does it, but it doesn't seem my wants fit into what they can do. I was just hoping someone could color the scar like the rest of the skin, but they want to create the appearance of hair when I want to shave my head. Is what I am looking for even possible? I swear some of my searches have come up with people that claim they can do it.
I will keep researching, but the more I learn the more questions I have I am soaking in what is being said.
11-29-2012, 06:36 PM
Maybe check out this thread but it is very long and there are a few other related threads in the same section that might be of benefit.
11-29-2012, 08:15 PM
The post that started the thread about zman is exactly what I want, except just in the scar and not the whole head. Now I just need to find someone trustworthy that does it in my area or not more than a days trip away. That seems to be the hardest part and the part I struggle with who does it and most importantly who is trustworthy. As you can probably tell I am rather eager to do something, but very leery of the hair loss industry as I was burned once for much money and it created this scarring in the first place. I want to be very careful.