The roots of hairs are located just below the skin so only very deep burns destroy them. This is why burns in hairy areas often heal well because new skin can actually grow from the hair follicles. Hair forms an important part of an individual’s identity and loss impacts on self-confidence. For women, visible hair loss affects the scalp and eyebrows. For men, the beard and moustache are also affected.
Wigs, hair pieces, hair styles and camouflage products can cover areas of partial or total scalp hair loss. Eyebrow, beard and moustache scarring alopecia is less easy to hide. For both genders, hair loss affecting areas that can be hidden from view (limbs, torso, pubic) still can have psychological impact.
Non surgical treatment options include micropigmentation tattooing, hair systems, prosthetics and camouflage products.
Micropigmentation tattooing is best done by practitioners with experience in scar tissue.
Surgical options include flaps, with or without tissue expansion and hair transplantation, however, there is very limited access to hair transplant surgery in the NHS.
We have listed here suppliers of both non-surgical and surgical solutions to hair restoration, however, the list is not complete and we cannot guarantee the quality of the product or service provided. It is your responsibility to ensure the product meets your requirements.
The British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery
31st July 2017
The British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery provides information on surgical and medical hair loss treatment. On their website, you are able to search the Association’s members by geographical location to find a Hair Transplant Surgeon, however, their experience in restoring hair loss from burn scarring will vary. It is your responsibility to ensure the service meets your requirement. Information on Hair Restoration Surgery
This charity works in partnership with a hair transplant clinic to provide access to hair transplant surgery for people with permanent hair loss as a result of burn scarring and who have been refused funding from the NHS for this treatment. Follow the link for more information. Katie Piper Foundation Services