Had a FUT procedure (not with you) and since i noticed the big deal about the donor scar i started worrying which made me try to avoid any strenuous activities. I bought some scar reduction product called DERMATIX which claimed to smooth raised surfaces and reduce redness associated with scarring. Ever heard about it? its also mentioned that it musn’t be used until the wound is completely healed,so how long does i take donor scar to be healed?
Dermatix is a transparent, self-drying silicone gel with claimed advantages over other silicone formulations that are used by some people to smooth or soften scars and as a result, reduce itching. It is reported to be FDA approved in the US and Europe (it has a CE mark). It appears to be recommended for the prevention of hypertrophic and keloid scars, possibly in their treatment as well. Hypertrophic and keloid scars are your body’s reaction to wound healing, so I would be doubtful that it would prevent these scars, but frankly I am a skeptic, so take what I say here with a perverbial ‘grain of salt’. Some people use sheets of silicone to try to soften such scars when they occur, and that might work.
For most hair transplant donor scars, it is usually not hypertrophic or keloid scars, but rather widened scars, and here I would really doubt that Dermatix would prevent the widening of the donor scars. It is the widened donor scars that cause much of the internet comments about scars, not the hypertrophic or keloid problem. From your question, it sounds like you are more concerned about prevention. In that case, the best solution for a future surgery is to have a good surgeon use a ‘fascial’ closure to minimize the donor scar for traditional strip harvesting (second surgeries do run a higher risk of scarring of 5-10%), or consider having a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure, where the surgery does not produce a linear scar (see our FUE page for details).