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Hey, looking to get advise. I'm at about 4 weeks of my 3rd treatment and half of my scar is very dark compared to the surrounding area (oddly the other half faded down to just about right if not too light). Is there still time to fade considerably? I was told it could take 6 weeks to settle, but it appears to be quite a bit darker than just settling.

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Hi mattador. I had some more pigmentation into my scar after some fading. It was very dark and I was convinced it was going to stay like that. It took 14 weeks to get to a normal shade. I know this a long time and I had weddings etc. To go to. So I used my wifes make up concealer while I was waiting. No one ever mentioned it so you could try that while you wait. Its not ideal but be patient and it will fade.

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thanks for the reply flash

 

14 weeks is a long time. Did HIS advise you to keep waiting that long, and did you see some degree of fading happening through out the 14 weeks? I'm not sure I am right now and I would be very disappointed waiting three months and it not getting any lighter. 

 

I'm not comfortable leaving the house with out a hat right now so not sure If I should start growing my hair back out or what.

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Hi mattador. They advised me 12 weeks but it took more like 14. It did lighten throughout that time But it was very subtle. I know exactly how you feel. I couldn't really go anywhere without a hat unless I used a make up to lighten the scar. When I first had the scar done it only took a week or so to look great but it faded badly in the following weeks thats why they went in deeper to try make it stick. The downside is it takes a lot more time to get to the correct shade. Hang in there mate.

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hello,

 

i am in the same boat....i had several treatments that the ink did not hold. We decided to go darker and it is very dark and hasnt come down yet (it has only been 5 days) so I am hopeful that the ink fades more. I too am very concerned about how dark it is.....fingers crossed that it lightens up for both of us!!

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ha, I wish I could have gone to a 14. Mine was one of the very lightest shades. In fact my first 2 sessions were the lightest shade. I have blonde hair that when grown out looks dirty blondish but is apparently very light when shaved.

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I am now 8 days in and seeing some fading....now I am concerned that the dots may be too big. Very much considering laser to lighten or remove it and start over. Have you considered laser to lighned it up?

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I actually started growing my hair back in dissapointment. Had some meetings I needed to attend and was too freaked out about my scar. 

 

Sadly now I'm depressed about my hair.

 

I did pay pretty good money for my procedures so I would like to get back to talk to someone at his for evaluating why it's too dark.

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Hey Beach, sorry for the late reply.

I've grown my hair back.. Still debating what I want to do, because it was expensive.

 

With my head shaved and not what I was hoping for it was all I could think about. I was basically going obsessed. I'm working in all my possibilities right now. I'm considering FUE into the scar now. I don't care if I have a fully shaved head, and if I can get it buzzed close that would be awesome. It's a lot more money though. 

 

Who was your practitioner? How did your laser removal go?

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Hey Beach, sorry for the late reply.

I've grown my hair back.. Still debating what I want to do, because it was expensive.

 

With my head shaved and not what I was hoping for it was all I could think about. I was basically going obsessed. I'm working in all my possibilities right now. I'm considering FUE into the scar now. I don't care if I have a fully shaved head, and if I can get it buzzed close that would be awesome. It's a lot more money though. 

 

Who was your practitioner? How did your laser removal go?

 

I totally understand what you are going though.....I am in the same boat and have kept my head shaved while I am waiting for my next SMP proceedure to attempt to cover the scar again. I had a consultation with a HT doctor about FUE into the scar and there is no guarentee that the grafts will hold in a scar and to be honest, I dont want to go through another HT proceedure, which is why I am where I am now. I decided to get the SMP lasered two weeks ago (and it was not a pleasant experience as I hurt pretty bad, but was only a short term pain). I am waiting for the laser healing to stop (4 weeks) and then will start again with SMP over the scar. This time I am going to manage my expectations and HOPE for 75% concealment....which is much better than what I am dealing with now.

Personally, if I was you, I would go for the laser and then make a deciion on what you want to do. One treatment with the laser will remove all of the SMP and it only last 2-3 minutes.

Feel free to PM my if you want speicifics on the practioner and/or laser removal.

I am happy to help....hang in there!!

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I greatly empathise with both you guys (Mattador & Beach) and fully understand what you're going through. I'm yet another going through exactly the same woes with a hair transplant (HT) strip scar recently treated by HIS. I'm now 6 weeks out of my third treatment (in their most Northern UK clinic), and that's when things went horribly wrong for me. First couple of treatments were in mid to late January.

 

My practitioner had done a great job on the front/top of the head in the first couple of sessions, but my strip scar was stubbornly not holding the ink. So on the third session we dropped the ink colour a couple of notches. I don't wish to be critical of my practitioner because he's a top guy, and was trying his utmost to give me the desired good result. He has the front and top of my head looking very fine. Unfortunately the unpredictability of scar tissue, seems to have completely thrown a spanner in the works, on what was previously looking like a promising final outcome.

 

Unlike the first two treatments where the scar looked great for the first four days post treatments before then fading rapidly, whilst following the early February treatment (3rd one) unfortunately no fading has happened at all. At 4 days it was way too dark, and six weeks later is still exactly the same. If there were some fading at all, I would feel much easier about the issue; but so far no sign of any fading full-stop.

 

I now have an unhide-able black band from temple to temple around my head. Too faint (as happened post first two treatments) was definitely the better way to go, at least I could then use some concealer as much of a faff as it was to try and improve things. Presently there's just nothing I feel able to do, I feel a wreck to be honest. I'd felt so good post second session at the thought I might nearly be home and dry, and suddenly the whole SMP thing has become a nightmare. Camouflaging the scar was always the most important thing for me, before agreeing to treatment. Work on the top of the head of the head was a nice bonus. Whilst the top looks good the scar is far from what I hoped. So sadly for me the overall treatment is a big failure just now.

 

Like Mattador I felt the only thing I could realistically do (given the warning it may take 4 months for the ink to fade enough for blending of the scar) is slowly grow my hair back. I just feel too bad wandering around with a shaved head the way it currently looks. That was a couple of weeks ago, I reckon another 6 slow painful weeks hiding under a hat, and I should be able to hide the scar sins and be back to my regular thinning grey look. At least the HT hair on top, whilst thin, means I think (please let me be right!) I'll get away with hiding the dots with hair grown out, which is at least some comfort in the interim. But it's so disappointing, the treatment was also a lot of money for me, and I now just feel worse about my hair than ever before. HIS have agreed to try and to complete the treatment to my satisfaction when I'm ready, they have been good in coming to quick agreement on what is needed with a final session. But for now it's just a waiting game in the hope the scar inking fades enough to finally subtly blend the scar with the rest of my head. I so hope laser work on the currently too dark ink won't be necessary, and that a 4-6 month wait as hard as it maybe, might let things naturally settle down. Fingers very much crossed!

 

Like Mattador I have the feeling long-term (as much as hate the idea of being in the surgeon's chair once again) is that some body hair FUE into the scar in the strategically worst places would give the best overall result, combined with the best SMP result that can be eventually obtained. But I'm also out of pennies, such work is simply too expensive as a realistic prospect. For now I guess it's just a waiting game and hope that in the coming months the SMP in the scar magically fades to a better colour. Wishing sincere best luck to the three of us, and anyone else in a similar predicament. All the best.

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Jacko, sorry you're in the same Situation. Wish I had Advise for you but unfortunately I'm not sure what to do either. One thing I can say is, now that my hair has Grown back and I've been keeping my self busy I've been able not to dwell on it. The dwelling is the worst part. Not to say I'm moving on. I'm just planning my next move rationally, because whatever it is it's going to cost a lot so I need to gather the info and funds appropriately. Good luck in what you decide to do and don't let it consume your day to day like I was starting to do.

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