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.
Specialist hair loss consultancy providing hair loss management and hair replacement solutions for women. Locations in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol and the Midlands (Solihull). Website & Contact information
Hairpieces, wigs & hair extensions in salons and concessions across England and Wales who deal with NHS patients as well as private. It is advisable to check that the one located in your area provides the service/product you need. Store Locator Website
Wigs and Hairpieces for men and women. Deal with both NHS and Private patients. Locations across England and Scotland. It is advisable to check that your local Trendco salon offers the service / product you require. Contact: 01273 777 503 / 01273 774 977 Find a Salon Website
The Scar Team based in Bristol is made up burn professionals who have worked within the NHS and privately for years. Treatments offered include camouflage makeup, microneedling, scar revision, camouflage with hair transplantation, laser resurfacing and medical tattooing among other services. Treatments offered Contact Scar Team Scar Team website
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