Scars are an unavoidable by-product of hair transplantation. When hair is taken from the donor area, a scar will remain in place and many recipients want to get rid of it.
They can certainly help to hide it using scalp micropigmentation techniques, and if the scar is raised, with the aid of Fraxel laser sessions beforehand.
What are scars?
Scars are the results of the skin being punctured or cut, as a result of various actions: some people acquire scars as a result of a surgical procedure, while others are more unlucky and they get one after they have an accident. The scar itself starts to form during the healing process and it might be an indentation or a depression of the skin. Hair transplants come together with scars and this remnant is an unpleasant reminder of the procedure. This also means that customers are less satisfied with the final result, due to the aesthetic mark at the back or at the sides of their head. People tend to forget about the balding issue and instead, they become overly focused on hiding the scars on their head – in the end, by wearing hats or something else, these people defeat the point of a hair transplant procedure.
More and more clients decide to have a Fraxel treatment session before they get a scalp micropigmentation procedure – this is to better camouflage the remaining scar. However, clients should bear in mind that Fraxel was not initially aimed to get rid of hair transplant scars, and results are not guaranteed.
How does Fraxel work?
Scar treatments of various kind require firstly removal of the damaged skin tissue and then its replacement with new tissue as a result of collagen production. The traditional approaches to scar cover-ups might not always end up in a good result, they might also destroy healthy tissue and make the affected surface larger. Moreover, a conventional treatment requires more recovery time.
Fraxel removes the surface layer of the damaged skin and then goes deeper to stimulate production of collagen. This way, Fraxel gives back elasticity to skin and it keeps health tissue intact, so that downtime and discomfort are kept at a minimum.
Is the treatment safe?
The United States Food and Drug Administration has given the approval on the Fraxel treatment that aims to improve the appearance of scars. According to Dr. Vic A. Narurkar, Fraxel is able to provide far better results than any other method designed to treat scars of any kind.
Is Fraxel recommended to accompany SMP?
At the moment, this is not a recommendation that we would do, because the existing benefits have not yet been fully discovered and researched. The idea of combining these two methods of work is something promising and research is always at a steady pace in this field. Such findings will be published as soon as they are available.
Fraxel or Vbeam are treatments you should consider if you have undergone a hair transplant in the past, and have a raised or indented scar as a result. Following Fraxel, the treated scar is likely to be much easier for your scalp micropigmentation technician to work with, and a better camouflage is therefore likely.