View Full Version : Concern about scar later in life.

04-26-2010, 03:21 AM
Could a FUT practitioner explain their thoughts on the visibility of a typical scar on a typical male (say NW5) with typical donor supply, later in life. My lay observations suggest that eventually all males' hair thins to the degree where any work may be detectable.
This may be at the 70 year plus mark but do patients consider and dismiss this potential outcome or does the skin obviate the signs of surgery over the 30 year duration so as not to be a concern aside from the unavoidable but unpredictable certainty of average mortality where the problem becomes somewhat academic.

04-27-2010, 11:50 AM
If the FUT surgery is performed correctly, the scar will be located along the back of the scalp in the region where hair is permanent. Hair within the remaining 'horseshoe ring' should not thin and should therefore hide the scar, assuming that the surrounding hair is kept long enough for this purpose. However, if you were to lose all of your surrounding hair due to chemotherapy treatment, or for some other reason, the scar would be visible.

The appearance of a strip scar is difficult to predict. It may be 'paper-thin' or it may be considerably thicker. Like all scars, a strip scar will fade in time but it will likely always be visible. If you anticipate ever wanting to shave your head in the future, it's best to avoid a FUT procedure altogether.

05-03-2010, 07:22 PM
I think a fair amount of men will thin in their donor zone as the enter retirement age. Some more than others. It's just that at age, you may not care about it as much. You can also consider having a tryco closure to try and camoflauge the scar as much as possible.