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Old 01-17-2010, 01:55 PM
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I have a scar that is just over a year old and there are hairs that look to be struggling to still grow right next to the scar line. Some of these hairs are grown in but look very immature (very fine comparatively speaking). Is there anything that will help speed up their maturity and/or help them break thru the skin and grow normal. I'm on propecia but was wondering if rogaine applied to the area may speed up the process or any other topical treatment/supplement.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:25 PM
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bostankles,

Can you give us a bit of background? I assume you're talking about a strip scar here? Did you have FUE placed in the scar or are these natural hairs growing through?

You could always try using Rogaine foam on the scar which may help expedite hair growth.

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:31 PM
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Interesting question...I'm also curious to know if there is a treatment for such hair loss.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:40 PM
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Sorry I'll be more specific. The scar is actually a non-transplant scar from an injury where I needed some stitches. I'm exploring the opportunity to put some FUE in the scar. The hairs that are struggling to grow are natural hairs that seemed to have been disrupted by the wound healing. Some hairs appear to just be immature and thin, while others look like they're struggling to break thru the skin. I tried to attach a photo but they're too big, any help there?
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:39 PM
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You can resize in Photoshop or maybe something free like FastStone Photo Resizer.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:08 AM
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My 2 cents is that your laceration was closed in one layer and the hair roots at the deep edges of your old injury are not ever going to grow out through the scar. If its a small area covered by your surrounding hair, I'd suggest not worrying about it. If bigger, then FUE is a nice option. If really big and wide, then consider a scar revision.

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:09 PM
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:50 AM
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I think my guess was correct about the suture technique. It looks pretty small, and just wearing your hair over it may make it not visible except to you who knows its there. I would expect a very small FUE case into that would significantly reduce its noticability and could be done in an hour or so with minimal discomfort. As you have probably learned from this forum, even if you have a procedure today, there will be shedding of the grafts in a few weeks and it'll be 6 months or so until hair starts to grow out of the scar.

An example of a little bigger case that we did recently like this is: http://hair-restoration-info.c...21087683/m/926101845 or a little different but similar sized case is: http://hair-restoration-info.c...21087683/m/342100105

If you find it really troublesome, consider a case along these lines.

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:27 AM
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Yea that is what I've come up with too over the year or so of reading this and other forums daily. I consulted with Feller, who suggested a small amount of FUE would be my best bet (something like 50 grafts). At this point I'd be ready to pull the trigger as the risk of further scarring is very minimal. My only concern is payment, I'm only 21, and my parents would likely have to at least help with the procedure. With that being said I realize that $8-10/graft is the industry standard, but some clinics require minimum fees, understandably. However the dynamic of my situation changes considerably b/c if I had to pay a minimum fee of $1500 for a measly 50 grafts(equates to $30/graft), I find that much harder to justify (all things considered I have no REAL problem here). I've wondered if some clinics would waive the minimum payment, as my surgery could likely be done on the same day as a larger session. I believe B-spot from Shapiro said they would only charge on a per graft basis, and even with as good of work they're doing, it'd be tough to get my parents on board to fly me out to the middle of the country (I live in NJ, go to school in Baltimore, MD) for what they think is unnecessary procedure anyways. So at this point I'm just further assessing my situation, seeing if Rogaine will help zap the last few hairs into maturity, and go from there. Thanks for the reply, I appreciate your insight Dr. Lindsey.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:11 PM
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Would it be advisable to just pursue a revision using a trich closure, seems a lot cheaper than FUE and could attain a much better scar, perhaps not quite as good as a few rounds of FUE into it, but better than it is now...

Any thoughts?
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