Hello, thank you Dr. Rassman and Dr. Pak, for maintaining this fantastic site.
You’ve explained that once transplant surgery has been performed, a patient cannot shave his head without scarring (either a FUT line or FUE dots) being visible.
My question is: If someone had a thin scar from FUT, would it really look so terrible if they shaved their head in the future (if Finasteride’s effectiveness waned and hair cloning treatments fail to emerge, and they become an advanced Norwood 6/7)?
Obviously, there are pictures of strip scars online, but it’s difficult to imagine what they would look like on a shaved head. Do you know of any patients who have done this?
You can look at how bad strip scars may look on our scalpmicropigmentation.com website (see some of the before photos of scalp scars). Unless you shave your head, even the wider scar is not visible with long hair. My scar, after three strip surgeries, can barely be seen; however, if I decided to shave my head, everyone would see the 1-2mm scar I have. Now unless you are wanting to completely shave your head, you should not have to worry about the strip scar.
In general, you can keep your hair cut as short with a number 2 to 3 guard on hair clippers without the scar being noticeable in most cases.