FUE and SMP for Hair Transplant Scar Revision

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) could be both used to minimize the visibility of the scalp scars after a strip hair transplant procedure.  At Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration, we offer both these techniques.  However, there are pros and cons to each that the patients need to know before proceeding with the procedure.

FUE for Scar Revision

FUE to repair donor scar

FUE transplantation into the donor scar: Left side – Intact scar, Right side – FUE grafts transplanted into the scalp scar

Since the extraction of individual follicular units (FUs) is done individually it is perfect for the small procedure of revisioning a hair transplant scar from a previous hair transplant. The surgeon can extract a small number of grafts from the permanent zone and artistically and strategically place them in the scar. This process of using FUE uses hair to obscure and blend the margins of the scar to the surrounding scalp.

SMP for Scar Revision

SMP to repair donor scar in scalp

SMP to minimize donor scar visibility after hair transplantation – Picture is taken immediately after the SMP procedure

Scalp Micro-Pigmentation is the process of using special pigments and fine needles to create the shade of stubble or shaved hairs on the scalp. SMP utilizes dermal pigments that match the patient’s hair color. Used in scars like FUE it can artistically applied revises the margins of the scars. This revision results in the obscuring or blending of the scars margins to the surrounding scalp.

SMP vs. FUE for Scalp Scar Revision

choosing FUE rather SMP for revising the scalp scar has to do with the type, location and size of the scar.  It also has to do with the patient preferences.  If patients are willing to keep it very short or they want to completely shave it.  It is good for the patients to educate themselves with pros and cons of each technique in order to make a more informed decision.

SMP and FUE are used in Scar Revision

FUE and SMP

FUE and SMP are two methods that can also be used in conjunction with one another to revise a hair transplant scar. Recommendations and the preference of the surgeon most often provide the best results. These modern advances in scalp scar revision are performed in Los Angeles leading hair transplant centers like Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration.