Figure 7

(a) Immediately after strip wound closure. The sutures will be easily camouflaged completely, immediately after the surgery, by combing the hair above the suture line down over it. (b) The same site 8 days after surgery when the sutures were removed. (c) The same site 6 months after surgery. Approximately 80% of our patients heal with a scar similar to this one.

Figure 8

(a) A donor area strip scar similar to those produced in 10% to 15% of patients. It was approximately 0.1mm to 0.2mm wide. The hair has been lifted to expose it. (b) A photo taken at the same time as that shown in Fig.8a with the hair combed as normally worn. There is no noticeable scarring despite a very short hairstyle.

Figure 9

Some hair restoration surgeons believe that while strip harvests can produce a very fine scar line following the first donor area excision, each subsequent excision that includes the preceding scar will lead to an increasing scar width. As the above photos before a 5th small session demonstrate, this is not necessarily the case. As long as each subsequent strip width does not create a tighter closing tension in the wound (which usually requires a narrower strip and therefore fewer grafts), subsequent scars typically remain quite narrow.