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Use of beard hair as a donor source to camouflage the linear scars of follicular unit hair transplant

  • S. Umar
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    Department of Medicine, Dermatology Division, University of California at Los Angeles, Fine Touch Dermatology, Inc., 819 North Harbor Dr., Suite 400, Redondo Beach and Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
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      A linear scar (also termed a strip scar) is an inevitable outcome of follicular unit hair transplant (FUHT).
      • Bernstein R.M.
      • Rassman W.R.
      • Rashid N.
      • Shiell R.C.
      The art of repair in surgical hair restoration part I: basic repair strategies.
      The scar remains a challenge for both the surgeon and patient because it presents a continuous line of bald skin that is easily traced by the eye and requires hair styles long enough to cover. The scenario is worse when the scar widens, which can occur at any time from weeks to months after surgery. There are several methods, all with limitations, for both minimizing and repairing the strip scar: trichophytic closure, controlled tension at closure, scar revision, and tattooing.
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