Anyone who has suffered a burn to the scalp or face knows how shocking it can be when they realize their hair will not regrow in the burn area. Burn scars on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or beard area can not only serve as a relentless reminder of the pain someone endured from the burns, but can also leave them hopeless when they come to the understanding that their hair won’t grow back.
A follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair restoration procedure can change all of this. There have been several men and women who have found success covering burn scars on the scalp or face with hair transplant surgery.
A hair transplant can be performed to treat parts of the scalp or face that have been burned due to various types of trauma. Whether burns were caused by a fire, an explosion, or an accident, a hair transplant can be performed to cover the scarred area. Patients suffering from scars on the scalp due to medical procedures (such as radiation during chemotherapy) can also find success with hair transplant surgery.
While a hair transplant procedure has shown to be extremely effective to cover burn scars, there are special considerations when transferring hair into areas of the scalp where there is scarring.
The biggest question that comes up for many is the viability of the scarred area. Many wonder if there is adequate blood supply to the areas of the scalp where burn scars have occurred. If the area does not get sufficient blood supply, survival of the grafts is questionable.
Restricted blood supply to the burn scar can also leave the patient more susceptible to infection. It is understandable that men and women interested in hair transplant surgery to cover scarring on the scalp become concerned if the treatment will work at all. Typically, however, experience in this area has shown that most scar tissue has sufficient blood supply to successfully accept a hair transplant.
Covering scars with a hair transplant is different than a standard hair plant procedure. Because there can be a question of adequate blood supply, patients should expect to undergo more than one transplant procedure. In the first procedure, a smaller amount of grafts will be placed upon scar tissue, so blood supply is not compromised. Men and women planning on a hair transplant for burn scar coverage on the scalp should expect to do several smaller treatments, rather than get the entire scar covered at once. This ensures that an ample amount of oxygen can make its way to the grafts placed in the scalp, allowing for a better chance of acceptance.
Each scar is different. While some scar tissue is thin and very delicate, other scars may be thick and rough. The type of scarring a person has will make a difference in the success of their hair transplant surgery.Thick Scarring on the Scalp
Those with thick, hypertrophic scars may find concern that the hair implants will not receive ample blood supply. In cases such as this, the operating physician will typically insert implants deeper into the skin to ensure adequate blood supply reaches them, rendering the transplant successful.Thin Scarring on the Scalp
Those with thin, atrophic scarring will find a hair transplant procedure to be a bit more difficult. When scar tissue is thin and friable (typically from radiation surgery), getting adequate blood supply to the recipient area becomes a bit more problematic. Skin that is thinly scarred can also be a bit trickier to get deep enough into to place the hair grafts.
In such cases, grafts can be placed at a finely tuned angle that will allow the grafts to go deeper into the scalp. Some cases may require a tumescent solution that temporarily swells the skin can make it easier to get grafts in at the acute angle necessary for the transplant.
Countless men and women have found that a hair transplant can dramatically improve their appearance by covering up a burn scar on the scalp. A FUE transplant harvests hair from the back or sides of the scalp in small grafts of 1-4 hair follicles.
Once hair is extracted from the donor area, it is then transplanted into the scalp where scarring is present. When covering burn scars, smaller areas are typically transplanted to ensure there is enough blood flow for the survival of the grafts. Men and women receiving a hair transplant to cover a burn scar should expect to receive several smaller treatments that are approximately eight months apart.
As with any hair transplant procedure, individual results may vary, and it is important to have realistic expectations. Covering a burn scar is more complicated than a traditional hair transplant to thinning hair or balding areas. Most often, burn scar transplants will require several procedures that can last over the course of several years. Burn scar tissue is much different than normal skin on the scalp, and typically needs to be repeated several times to achieve desired coverage.
Feeling apprehensive about a hair transplant to a burn scar on the scalp is normal for a procedure of such nature. In our experience however, we’ve found the majority of men and women we’ve treated to take successfully to this transforming procedure. It is possible to restore your hair, even if you have suffered severe burns. When you’re ready to take the next step to see if you are a candidate for a hair transplant to cover a burn scar on the scalp or face, please call us for a consultation toll free at (833) 666-HAIR.
It is our goal to help restore hair in any area possible that burns have occurred. We understand that hair loss on the scalp, beard area, and eyebrows from a burn can have an extremely adverse impact on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. It’s our mission to help restore your hair to burn areas and give you back the self-assurance you deserve.