As with any surgical procedure scarring is inevitable, and hair transplant is no different. Scarring can become more obvious and unsightly due to a poorly performed operation or poor healing. Scarring can occur over the scalp, in both the recipient and donor areas, and can become obvious when the hair is worn shorter, and hinder styling options; it can also have deep psychological implications for the individual.
Helping to hide any scarring can not only give a cosmetic improvement but also help to improve the self-confidence of the individual. SMP is an effective treatment helping to conceal scarring, to the point it requires close inspection of the area treated. SMP into scar tissue holds some complications dependent on the size and type of scarring. Pigment can react differently to virgin skin and the application of the tone must be carried out by an experienced technician to ensure the best results are achieved; our highly trained specialists can give you their professional opinion of what you can expect from SMP.
The FUT/Strip hair transplant technique creates a linear scar around the sides and back of the scalp; with good healing it can leave a fine line hidden within the surrounding hair. Poor closure or healing can result in stretch back and the scar widening. SMP can greatly reduce the appearance of any scarring, and can be used even if the scar healed well to hide it further. It can give the illusion of shaved hair in the area, breaking down the look of the scar, making it cosmetically less obvious.
Harvesting of grafts with Follicular Unit Extraction, (FUE) requires each follicular unit to be removed one by one using a small cylindrical punch. The punch can leave small white dot scarring around the donor area, and in some cases leave a pebble dashed effect around the scalp, visibly obvious when the hair is kept short or near shaved.
Older punching techniques, punch grafting, used a much larger punch resulting in larger round white dot scarring, very obvious and hard to hide unless the hair is kept longer, and very unsightly.
SMP will add colour tone into the scarring, breaking down the visual look, and in some cases camouflaging the scarring to the point they are no longer visible. It can take a number of sessions to build the colour tone up to the level it effectively camouflages any scarring, and a final result can allow the person to keep their hair much shorter without the concern the scarring is cosmetically obvious.
Before deciding on SMP to treat scarring it is important to ensure you are a good candidate, contact a GMG Organization Hair Clinic near to you. You can speak to one of our advisors on the phone, or complete the contact form for a free no obligation consultation.