I would like to shave my head, but have a donor scar about 1/4 ” in width….. We communicated in the past about 2 choices:
1) Scar Revision, Not sure about this one, since, it seems my scar will just stretch again…the scar reaches the lateral side of my head, about the top of the auricle apex.
2) FUE into scar….This seems like the best shot…but will I really be able to shave my head…I would think you would still see a scar even if their is hair growing through it….and can hair grow into scar tissue?
Thanks for answering my concerns
Yes, hair can grow nicely in scars. The question then becomes, “Where will the donor hair come from?” If the scar is very wide, then the ability to produce donor hair (even with FUE) may be difficult. Some of the worst scars I have seen are very wide. In those patients with a collagen defect, the tendency for the scars to return is very high.
There are two causes of scars. The first is your body’s ability to heal. Some people with the same surgery that you had, developed no scars. The second cause may be technique-related and there are a number of techniques that work well in those patients with wide scars. These techniques include a) limited fascial repairs, b) balloon and expander use. Provided that there is no defect in the healing ability of the patient and the presence of non-stretchable collagen (no Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) then there is a probable solution to your problem. As you appear to be in the Los Angeles area, I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options.
With regard to shaving your head, even under the best of end results, some scar will remain, albiet small, so I would not recommend the shaving option.