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    Default Concerns About Camouflaging a Hair Transplant Scar

    What is the hair length needed to cover an average donor harvest scar on the back of the head? I currently keep my hair short on the sides (less than 1/2 inch) Also, where on the back of the head is hair strip collected from? Parallel to the ears? How long is the resulting scar [...]


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    I just want to comment that mega-session strip scars are actually longer than 20cm---more like 25-30cm--- The idea is to take a longer, thinner strip to reduce tension and produce a thinner scar.

    For example, a patient who has average donor density (85 fu cm2) and has a donor strip 28cm X 1.25cm wide will yield about 3000 grafts.

    That same patient would have to remove a 1.75cm wide strip taken if the strip is limited to 20cm of length.

    I know it does not sound like much, but the difference between 1.25cm and 1.75cm is pretty big---especially given how taking just a bit larger strip can cause a scar to stretch.

    I always tell patients to expect to have to wear your hair at least at a #3-#4 guard after strip surgery---if that is unacceptable then the patient needs to look at other options.

    For patients who have lower donor density (70-80 fu cm/2) we can buzz a little strip around their head and then draw a "fake scar" with a marker in order to allow the patient to experience what having a strip scar will feel like----Another benefit of this is to see just how long a patients hair needs to be to conceal the marker line.

    Take Care,
    Patient Advocate/FUE Coordinator for Shapiro Medical Group. My advice and opinions are my own and is not medical advice. I am a Cubs fan.

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    That sounds like smart advice. It's like getting a fake tattoo before taking the plunge and getting permanent ink.

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