Hair Transplant Methods
Hair restoration technology is continuously providing patients with better options for hair loss treatments. Transplants have come a long way since the 70’s and 80’s, when hair plugs were used to treat hair loss. These hair plugs consisted of grafts with about 15 to 25 hairs in each. These plugs gave the hair transplant a very unnatural and obvious look.
Goals of a Hair Transplant
There are many goals that a Hair transplant procedure can achieve, the most important goals are:
A natural looking hair transplant that is undetectable as possible.
That the highest percent of the transplanted hair survive and grow.
That today’s hair transplant will appear as acceptable over time.
That the transplant will be conservative while being performed.
Strip Incisions were traditionally used to transplant hair before more modern methods existed. The strip incision involves surgically removing strips of skin from the donor area, extracting the hair follicles, and then implanting them on the recipient area. While some surgeons are practicing more modern techniques in hair transplantation, this method of surgery is still effective and quite common.
The strip incision method has now been improved upon by micro grafting. Surgeons are switching to this method because it doesn’t involve making any type of incision (scalpel-free). Hair follicles are extracted from the donor area using themicro grafting procedure and transplanted into the recipient area with ease.
The Strip Excision Procedure
1. The surgeon and the patient collaborate on a hairline design.
2. The donor area is prepared for the incision by trimming a narrow piece of hair.
3. The top and the back of the scalp are given a local anesthetic.
4. The surgeon uses a sharp blade to remove strips of hair-bearing skin from the donor area.
5. The hair transplant surgeon stitches the donor area back together.
6. The excised skin is dissected into individual hair follicles.
7. The surgeon inserts the hair follicles into the scalp using one of the following techniques: the punch method, the slit method, and the laser method.