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Hasson & Wong video documenting several FUT donor scars


Many prospective patients focus on the donor area scarring. Any type of surgery whether it be fut or fue will result in some degree of scarring in the donor area. While it is important to consider the impact the procedure will have on the donor region, often times too much emphasis is placed here and not enough on the final result and how the recipient area will look. Hasson and Wong perform countless repair surgeries every year so I’ve seen many bad strip scars as well as bad fue scarring from other clinics over the years. Just because it’s fue doesn’t mean there are no scars. In fact, the actual square centimeters of scar tissue is larger per graft in fue than in a typical strip scar from our clinic.

For the sake of this discussion, we’ll focus on donor area strip scarring and more specifically as it relates to our clinic. The two key components in achieving minimal scarring in the donor area are knowledge and skill of the surgeon and the individual patient’s healing characteristics. When the two components are favorable, the result is a fine liner scar. If a patient has very good healing characteristics but the surgeon had done a poor job of removal and closure, the resulting scar can be less than desirable. If the patient heals poorly and the surgeon is highly skilled, the resulting scar can be less than ideal but likley much better than in the first scenario.In most cases, the surgeons role can have the greatest impact. Below is a link to a video we’ve put together showing strip scars from Hasson and Wong patients. These are patients with good healing characteristics. One other thing to consider is that the size of the surgery and width of the strip has no bearing on the resulting scar if done properly. Many incorrectly assume the bigger the surgery size the bigger the scar, not so. You’ll see the 8400 graft 1 session result has virtually no visible scar. Keep in mind these are Hasson and Wong patients and not all surgeons are created equal.


What percentage of your patients would you say have thin strip scars like those in the video?


It’s difficult to put a percentage on this as the most of our patients are overseas and never send us photos of their scars. We only see the local patients, patients coming back for another session or occasionally patients that might be in the area on holiday or for business.

The vast majority of patients have scars 1-2mm wide regardless of how big the session is. Of course not every scar ends up as minimal in all areas of the scalp and if the scar stretches to outside what is an acceptable level we will take care of it for the patient.

When following up with our patients and talking to them about the final result the scar is very rarely mentioned as being a concern.