I am 24 years old and have experienced acute balding since age 16. I’m about a Norwood 5, and am serious about the transplant solution. However, I’ve always been turned off by the resulting “smily face” scar left on the back of the head which eliminates any possibility of a short haircut. You see, I’ve shaved my head with a zero guard since age 19 and enjoy the look. I would love to have a more masculine hairline, especially at the “point” near the temples which has disappeared, but am afraid of the scarring. Is the new FUE technique my dream come true and viable solution for those of us who prefer a shaved head? How much scarring is left?
FUE is the best hair transplant harvesting technique to address your concerns. If you elect to do an FUE, the costs will be slightly higher, but the ‘line’ scar you were worried about with the strip surgery will not be present. Scarring is ‘punctate’ (dot-like rather than ‘line-like’). You can see many of our FUE patients at our monthly open house. The picture on the left is the actual FUE wounds while the picture on the right is just 5 days later. As you can see, with a shaved head, there is no evidence of any scarring on this patient after 1000 grafts were done.