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Improving a Strip Graft Scar

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Having a vertical scar at the back of your head is less than ideal. Luckily at SpaMedica we have some options that are available to fix that strip graft scar that is bugging you.

Improving Strip Graft Scar In Toronto

For strip graft patients who are concerned with their appearance or the visibility of their strip graft scars, Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica may have a solution. Dr. Mulholland developed a high level of skill and expertise for operating on face and scalp tissue. Since 1997, Dr. Mulholland has focused his entire practice on Aesthetic Plastic Surgery including hair transplantation and hair restoration. Dr. Mulholland’s plastic surgery brow lifts, face lifts all require expert surgical management of scalp tissue.

Why did my strip graft scars heal like this?

Over the years, Dr. Mulholland has seen many strip graft scars and actually, most strip graft scars heal as fine white lines at the back of the scalp and are only a concern if the patient wears their hair short. However, in a unfortunate number of cases the strip graft scar can get VERY wide and noticeable even through long hair, especially when the strip graft patient is coming out of the water, the rain, or on a windy day.

The risk of a “Spread Scar” of this strip graft increases if there is a second or third strip graft procedure as the scalp is now tighter and the tensile load across the closure is higher. Rarely is the quality of the strip graft scar due to the closure technique, but rather was a function of your tissue, tensile loading and wound healing capacity.

How can my strip graft scar be fixed or improved?

In general, if the scar healed too wide the first time, assuming a reasonable job was done suturing and there was not a complication, such as opening of the wound or infection, then primary excision and re-closure is usually doomed to failure and will often lead to an even wider scar and more unhappiness.

A previous patient with a wide Strip Graft scar TorontoDr. Mulholland has developed a procedure he calls the “Strip Graft Scar Punch Out” treatment, which uses the NeoGraft and Artas automated and robotic FUE machines to “core out” the scar itself. This Intra-Scar excision, uses the robotic and rotatory automated punches to punch out and remove scar tissue as well as harvest FUE hair grafts.

Figure 1.  A previous patient with a wide strip graft scar came in for an Automated Robotic Artas Hair Transplantation procedure and, at the same time a procedure to improve and correct his Strip Graft scar, the Intra-Scar “punch out”.   The rotatory punch removes areas of scar within the scar itself.  These small holes are left to heal on their  own and the body, with its unique capacity to heal itself and pull wound edges together, will use myfibro-contractile elements to pull the edges of the strip graft closer together and narrowing the scar.

How many strip graft “punch out sessions” will I need to help remove my strip graft scar?

In general a strip graft scar “punch out” is performed once every 4-6 months and 4 or more sessions will often be needed to pull the edges together and reduce the scar by 50% or more. At the end of the 4-6 treatments, the width and appearance of the scar is re-evaluated.

If there is still a strong desire to improve the scar further, Dr Mulholland will then actually transplant FUE grafts right into the scar itself to put the “finishing touches” on hiding the strip graft donor site scar as best as possible.

What kind of improvement in my strip graft scar appearance might I expect?

After two years 4-6 punch outs and FUE hair transplantation to the scar itself, strip graft scar patients can anticipate a range of improvement of 50-100% depending upon the characteristic s of the scar itself, the local tissue, color of the hair and commitment of the patient.

For more on the SpaMedica hair transplantation program, click on FUE Hair Transplantation.

How can I show Dr. Mulholland my concerns and see if I am a candidate?

Toronto hair restoration patients should simply fill out the appointment request form or “ask a question” form and upload up to 3 photos for Dr. Mulholland to review.

How do I schedule a hair restoration consultation with Dr. Mulholland?

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mulholland and his hair restoration team, simply call 877-695-2835 or fill out our online consultation request form and a SpaMedica representative will promptly respond to your request.  Call now to schedule a consultation and create the natural, thick, dense hairline and hair pattern that you desire.

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