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How to Repair Scars on the Scalp

author image Nicole Carlin
Nicole Carlin is a registered yoga teacher. Her writing has been published in yoga and dance teacher training manuals for POP Fizz Academy. Carlin received a Masters of Arts in gender studies from Birkbeck University in London and a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia.
How to Repair Scars on the Scalp
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Scars on the scalp may be due to an injury sustained, acne, psoriasis, surgery or another skin condition. Often scalp scars reduce or inhibit the growth of hair. The scars can be a cause for embarrassment and you may notice a bald spot where the scar is. Depending on the severity of the scar, your options range from at-home natural remedies to surgical corrective procedures. Consult with your doctor to explore which option is appropriate for your scar.

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Step 1

Massage the scalp. Massage increases the blood flow to an area of the body and may help to stimulate cell regeneration on the scalp.

Step 2

Brew a chamomile tea and let it cool down to room temperature. Rinse the scalp with the tea and do not rinse out. Chamomile tea helps cure psoriasis, which may be a cause of scalp scarring.

Step 3

Avoid scratching your scalp with the fingernails. Scratching could cause scalp scarring.

Step 4

Apply cocoa butter to the scar twice per day. Cocoa butter is naturally rich in emollients and allows the skin to heal as it protects it from harsh elements.

Step 5

Consider tissue expansion surgery. During tissue expansion surgery, a small balloon is placed under the skin of the scar, and over a period of 10 to 12 weeks the skin is expanded gently.

Step 6

Receive a hair transplant. During a hair transplant, hair on the back or sides of your head is grafted surgically in place of the scar tissue. This is especially useful for individuals who have a bald spot because of scarring.

Step 7

Consider scalp flap surgery. In scalp flap surgery, a section of skin either grafted from the individual or harvested from a donor surgically replaces the damaged scar skin. The arteries and veins are reattached using microvascular surgery.

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