This patient came to Forhair and Dr. Cole to have a scar grafting procedure performed on his strip scar, measuring 3-4 cm wide. The patient had attempted to camouflage the scar through tattooing the area; however, over time, the tattoo had faded into a bluish color, resulting in some difficulty concealing the strip scar. Due to the patient’s limited donor area, Dr. Cole utilized multiple body hair sites including the thigh, shoulder, leg, and chest for scar grafting.
While all types of body hair grew well, coverage was best with leg and chest hair. Also, we noted areas of higher density produced the best results and coverage. Other findings included the fading of the tattoo as hairs were grafted into the scar and the changing of the skin tone to a more natural pinkish color.
We propose that up to 3 – 4 times as many body hair grafts are needed to obtain the same level of coverage that would be obtained with scalp hair. This is because body hair is finer, which provides less coverage. It is important to understand that while body hair grew successfully for this patient, we can never guarantee body hair growth or yield as it is unpredictable.