Hey Dr. Rassman,
I must tell you that your blog has become an important part of my daily routine and can not thank you enough for your continual work on it. I know you probably have your reserves about this head tattoo procedure, but how about getting it done just on the scars from a HT procedure, it seems like a great way to cover up scars for people who want to shave their heads, especially on the sides and back, where you do not have to worry about losing hair. I am thinning on the top and receding and I am hesitant to get the procedure done on the top of my head in case i ever want to grow my hair out again and continue receding, but at least on my HT scar it makes sense? What are your thoughts? Thanks.
Tattoos can work if they are stippled so that they look like hair, but changes in color of the tattoo can be a real problem (imagine a green tattoo over time). As I understand it, most inks won’t change color, but from the few patients I’ve seen with a tattooed scalp that hasn’t been the case. Be sure to research the tattoo issue, as I’m not that informed about the various inks and methods.
I am not sure if you had a hair transplant and have a scar or if you’re considering a hair transplant and are worried about the scar. In either case, scars can be largely prevented most of the time, but if you have one, a revision of the scar (at least one attempt) should be made. Each case is different, so a good doctor is what you want to have. Ask your doctor about the frequency of scars and the sizes that he/she sees. Consider sending me a photo of your scar if you have one.
The photo below is a 4 year old scar after a single procedure of 2090 grafts done here with a trichophytic closure. There is a scar, but it is barely noticeable, typical of trichophytic closures in my hands. Click to enlarge.