Dr. Cole often sees several patients per week who come in for strip scar repair. Our patient today wants to be able to wear his hair relatively short. Before his donor/repair area was prepped for surgery, our patient's hair was approximately 10mm in length. Even at that length, his scar was very visible through his hair. When you examine the areas above and below his strip scar, notice the difference in hair caliber. There are also subtle differences in the direction of hair growth.
With FUE on the other hand, some patients are more susceptible to white dotting (hypopigmentation) than other patients. Treating the donor areas with ACell at the time of surgery helps to reduce the white dotting. Except in the most extreme cases, these small circular FUE scars are not visible when the hair is cut short. Tricopigmentation, a more temporary version of scalp micropigmentation helps restore color to the hypopigmented dots.
Tricopigmentation is very useful in treating strip scars as well. Our strip scar patient today will first receive beard hair into the scar. He will return at a later date for either more grafts and/or tricopigmentation. Both photos below represent our patients scar before any treatment.