Improving a Strip Graft Scar
How we can help you get rid of the scar the strip graft hair transplant leaves behind
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

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.

A previous patient with a wide Strip Graft scar Toronto

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.


Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Skin Care Spa:
66 Avenue Road Suite 4
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8
Tel: 1-877-695-2835