While every hair transplant method has its pros and cons, the long linear scar is perhaps the biggest drawback when it comes to hair transplants with the Strip procedure. A hair transplant with the Strip method is still attractive to many, because it is an affordable solution that can transplant a large amount of hair in a reasonable amount of time. Despite its advantages, the scar remains a big concern with the Strip procedure, mostly because it is not always possible to predict what the scar will end up looking like.
A hair transplant with the Strip method involves removal of a strip of hair bearing skin. This strip of skin is from where hairs will be extracted and thereafter inserted into the scalp. A skilled hair transplant doctor will use a very fine wound closure technique in order to close the wound in the best way. Some doctors use the trichophytic closure technique as it provides coverage by allowing hair to grow through the scar. The skill and experience of the doctor is absolutely crucial when it comes to the final look of the scar. A skilled doctor will be able to produce a much better looking scar than an inexperienced doctor, or one who uses a poor technique.
In addition to the scar on the back of the client’s scalp, a hair transplant with the Strip method can also lead to very small pimple looking marks in the recipient area. This goes for any type of hair transplant surgery. And while it is fully possible to have minimal scarring with the Strip method, it also important to keep in mind that no one can predict exactly what the linear scar will look like once it has healed. The scar can be paper thin, but it can also be as wide as half an inch. Regardless of exactly what the scar looks like it can probably be covered by surrounding hair. Someone who is planning to wear their hair in a short style may want to consider another hair transplant method, because with short hair it is possible for the scar to be visible.
In addition to being directly related to the skill of the doctor, the look of the scar will also have to do with the scalp laxity and healing ability of the individual client. If the client has a somewhat flexible scalp, it is more likely to lead to a scar that does not stretch, and that is a positive thing. If the client has good healing abilities, this will also contribute to a wound that heals up nicely.
While the scar from a hair transplant with the strip method is of concern to many of those who consider this procedure, it is important to keep in mind that it is possible to have a very thin scar that is almost non-visible. Selecting a highly rated doctor who specializes in the Strip procedure will likely lead to a better outcome.