A patient after 1 & 1/2 years of transplant complained of raised skin marks seen at the base of the transplanted hair. This can happen to any transplant patient and is a part of the healing process when new grafts are accepted and during the growth of the transplanted hair as it grows through by making its way out of the thick scalp skin. To avoid the skin marks we follow some precautions:
Just before the transplant I told doctor to place some grafts in the front as well. He has distributed the grafts equally between front and back and now I am looking thinned out on the back. Back was my first priority. When it comes to back and front, doctor tends to give more importance to the front as this presents on first look. But thinning on the back makes you look older. I should have been told that using some grafts in the front will compromise the filling on the back and front area transplant could be refused.
I had a stitchless closure. Healed with no trouble no pain, scar was 1 – 2mm for initial 4 months now it has stretched to 4 – 5mm wide. Doctor says this can happen rarely for one in thousand patients. The scar can be revised or removed in the next sitting. It is hidden inside the hair but I cannot keep my hair very short, it has to be 1 – 2 inches always.
I had one sitting FUE, the scars are multiple small distributed all over the back area, not easily seen. But the cost was 3 -4 times higher and density is less, plus most of the grafts are thin, single hair. I need 2 more sessions to have good density. It is going way out of my budget.
I had some body hair added on the back. These are growing but are very slow. In 1 &1 / 2 year they have grown only an inch or so. Really no point is using body hair.