Scar Visibility

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Dr. Anil Shah and Dr. Benjamin Paul discuss common questions that are asked regarding hair restoration treatments and procedures. They dive deep into the topic of scar visibility after getting an FUE hair transplant. Click on the video below to hear the discussion.

MASTERS OF BEAUTY - ALL THINGS HAIR w/ World Leading Hair Transplant Expert, Dr. Benjamin Paul

Dr. Shah

What about the visibility? Cause I think people sometimes assume that FUE is invisible. I love FUE, by the way. I'm not trying to bash FUE, but it's good to know the pros and cons. It's pretty hard for someone with a higher than a 2 Guard [on an electric razor] to see where their scars are at with a FUT, in my opinion, even if they've had two or three. FUE sometimes you can get some pretty barren scalp in the back if they've been overmined. So I think it's one of those things that it's not such a home run of FUE versus FUT for scar. My deciding factor, tell me if you agree, is what hairstyle do they wear? If they're less than a two guard or one guard I'm probably gonna go with FUE and if you're able to wear their hair longer and you'll know by the age of 50, like you're not going to shave your head. If you haven't saved your head, your whole life by 50-40, you're probably not going to go with the Bruce Willis look. And then you're probably a good candidate for FUT or FUE or both.


Dr. Ben Paul:

And to me, I think that certain hair types, very curly hair, I get a much better result with FUT and I'll tell the patients that upfront. And I think for most women, I get a much better result with FUT because the hair is so delicate. Also the safe donor's zone in a woman is much smaller. So I can get all those hairs out in a way that's very meaningful.


Dr. Shah:

I think the other interesting thing with FUT is I think your downtime is completely potentially left less because, and that in FUT you'd only have to shave that little area. And do you leave the hair long, shaved their head or depending?


Dr. Ben Paul:

I always leave the recipient hair long. I never cut it.


Dr. Shah:

Yeah, me too, because I like to see where the hair's going. I like to see all my hair through there. It's nice to see the pattern of the hair. I had my hair transplanted. If someone was to say, “shave your head and do this,” I would flip out. And I think most of my patients would too.


Dr. Ben Paul:

Yeah, my goal is not just to do a beautiful operation, but to have a rapid recovery. And if you can keep the hair in the recipient zone long, that hair can be used to hide the early work. And that's a much faster re-entry back to work and back into life.


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