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Old 07-06-2012, 10:58 AM
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I am considering having SMP to my donor scar.. Has anyone had this procedure done and are you happy with the results? My question is when they tattoo the scar with these dots is it going to blend in with my hair when it is cut down to a 1 grade clipper or shaving head.. Has anyone tried Good Look ink in Minnesota? I was on there website and the before and after pics looked great but how long is the ink going to last before it discolors to a blue or different color? I basically want to cut my hair shorter on the sides without having a scar revision... I had 3 surgeries and don't want tampered with again unless I loose more natural (native) hair.. My scar is about 12 inches long and I called Good Look ink yesterday and asked for a ball bark price to do smp tattooing of the scar.. They said it would run about $250 an inch! Wow.. That is pretty expensive. I need to know how many people on this network had there scar tattooed and how short could they cut there hair with looking normal.. I know Jotronic said he know s a woman in Italy that does the tattooing and it fades over a period of time.. What is the period of time?? Especially when your spending this amount of money and airfare.. Anyone have before and after photos of there scar tattooed? I know that there is also Dr. Rassman that does it in his clinic at Nu Hair. There is also HIS Clinic in the United Kingdom. There are 2 pics of the donor scar.. Do you think scar tattooing would work for me?? Answers please!
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:06 AM
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Man, that sucks big time.

I have never had smp but I do not feel like it would allow you to cut your hir much shorter.

I do think ther is a possibility that it would improve your scar at your current length.

Do you know the reason your scar is that wide?
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:17 AM
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Spanker,

I also think that there is a possibillity that SMP would improve the scar.. I am afraid if I go with a scar revision that it may stretch.. So that being said I would go with the SMP.. There are too many risks cutting more skin from the back of the head.. The scar is this wide due too the fact that I had 2500 grafts taken from the donor area. Everyone heals differently.. My scar is wider than I'd like.. I really am limited to hair styles. It just is a bummer.. When you have to be careful every time you cut your hair and tell your stylist or barber it kinda gets old.. Sometimes I just wish I shaved down and never had a transplant..
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:20 AM
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I have to do something about this.. It is really bothering me.. I'm sick of putting concealer on the donor area.. It is a quick fix that usually lasts 5 hours...
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:30 AM
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Has smg offered a scar revision? Are you completely done with HTs?
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:37 AM
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I did discuss a scar revision with them-but I am thinking that the tattooing at this point would probbally be the best option.. I just don't want the back of my head cut open again unless down the road I need more donor hair due to more native hair loss. Everytime you take more skin or scar tissue your head just gets tighter and tighter.. Plus the healing time sucks.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:43 PM
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I know Jotronic said he knows a woman in Italy that does the tattooing and it fades over a period of time.. What is the period of time?? Especially when your spending this amount of money and airfare.
The company is called BeautyMedical s.r.l. You can google it. I recommend using google translate unless you can read Italian. On their site it says that the optical effect could begin to decline from the sixth to eighth months post treatment thus requiring a touch-up. After two years without a touch-up, not a trace will remain.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:59 PM
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formertrackstar,

I'd have to say that your scar is not great but it not hopelessly bad either. Of course, it's very revealing with your short hair style and with 3 surgeries it's going to be wider than most. I actually think my scar is a little wider than yours and I am planning on getting a revision in the coming year or so.

Here are your options:
1) Longer hair styles. Don't go use clippers to cut your hair - go to a stylist. Preferably the same one regularly so you don't have to keep explaining yourself.
2) Start doing scalp exercises religiously to loosen up a donor area in preparation for a scar revision. I would consider this option if I were you.
3) FUE to camouflage the scar. Yield might be a little lower due to the scar tissue.
4) Tattoo the scar. Still too many unknowns for me personally (color, fading, smudging, touch-ups, etc.).

I would talk with Janna, Zup, and Dr. Ron about these options. SMG has had a few patients get the inking done so it's not completely out of the picture for you. Just be careful. You don't want to bring about a whole new set of issues while trying to resolve another one.
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I just don't want the back of my head cut open again unless down the road I need more donor hair due to more native hair loss. Everytime you take more skin or scar tissue your head just gets tighter and tighter.. Plus the healing time sucks.
True, healing time sucks and I sympathize with the lack of enthusiasm for getting cut open again. However, if you want to possibly obtain more grafts with future transplants via strip then you may need to get this scar revised first. Definitely get in touch with SMG - they'll help you out.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:47 PM
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The company is called BeautyMedical s.r.l. You can google it. I recommend using google translate unless you can read Italian. On their site it says that the optical effect could begin to decline from the sixth to eighth months post treatment thus requiring a touch-up. After two years without a touch-up, not a trace will remain.
I am kinda of confused about the fact of not a trace will remain?! Do you know how much she charges? How many touch ups would be required within a 10 year period? So your telling me this is not permanent..
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