Scars are acquired by various means, from surgical procedures and scalp conditions to accidents involving head trauma. Whatever the cause, many recipients seek to find ways of concealing these scars, and there are many methods available to do just that.
For patients wishing to cover scars from a hair transplant, two of the most popular options right now are Fraxel laser and VBeam laser. These technologies were not originally created for this purpose, but have over time adapted and become extremely useful treatments for people with scarring and other scalp issues.
Why a laser?
For starters, a laser is not mandatory in all cases. Each client has a consultation to understand the scalp treatments and to learn about the various effective methods involved in the scar hiding process. A customer is given an estimation of the percentage rate that the scar that will be coverable (this number usually lands somewhere between 70% and 90%). The number itself is deduced by a calculation combining many factors from the texture and color of the scar to the depth of protrusions.
VBeam and Fraxel lasers will effectively camouflage the scar to the natural scalp surrounding it, preparing it for the micropigmentation treatment to follow. In the end, a seamless, blended, authentic look can be achieved, and a 90% concealment rate isn’t something out of the ordinary.
Do you need a laser session?
Whether you need a laser session preliminarily or can just skip right to the SMP treatment depends on the scar. If your scar has a differing color to the surrounding skin, a laser treatment will enhance the concealment. If your scar has a different texture than the surrounding skin, or is raised or indented, you may also benefit from the laser session. During consultation, an expert will be able to explain your options thoroughly and give advice as to what is needed.
VBeam vs Fraxel
Technical differences in the two lasers are many, and beyond the scope of this article to discuss. Both lasers target the skin’s dermal layer and enhance collagen amounts in an effort to heal and return the skin to its natural look and feel. If your main issue is color variation, then VBeam is more appropriate. However, if you are aiming to improve the texture of the skin or flatten or smooth it out, then Fraxel will be the better option. Again, all things can be discussed with your scalp care professional to create the best treatment plan for your individual needs.