Strip Harvesting – In strip harvesting, the surgeon dissects a little strip of hair follicles from a donor site. This procedure produces a single scar that may be hidden under the hairline. The transplant process requires two operations. One obtains the follicular units, while other implants the grafts.
FUT hair transplant – The Follicular Unit Transplantation technique involves removing a strip of hair from the back of the scalp or from the region of the head where there is good hair growth. FUT is also referred to as strip harvesting hair transplantation. Healthy hair follicles are extracted from this site and transplanted in the region of the baldness. This hair transplantation procedure is quite traditional and involves more scarring and suturing. It is quite an invasive procedure when compared to other forms of hair transplantation. The chances of infection, bleeding and scarring is quite high in an FUT hair transplantation. More advanced hair transplantation technique such as the FUE solves the major concerns related to FUT.
FUE hair transplant – Follicular Hair Extraction is an advanced procedure that is less invasive and offers better results. In this procedure hair from the donor site is extracted individually and transplanted into the recipient site. Since individual hair follicles are removed, there is lesser scarring and provides a more natural look to the procedure. There is a higher success rate of 85% and above in the growth of the transplanted hair follicles. A micro punch tool is used to extract the hair follicles.
DHI hair transplant – DHI Hair transplant is the technique of extracting hair follicles and transplanting them in the recipient site using a DHI Choi Pen. The procedure allows the surgeon to make an incision and implant the hair at the same time. DHI has a higher success rate and the recovery is faster
Robotic Hair Restoration – Robotic Hair Restoration is a new technique. It employs the use of cameras and a robotic arm to assist a hair transplant surgeon during the procedure.
A surgeon can perform harvesting and implanting in a single session. But this is based on feasibility.
Patients are given a local anesthetic. This typically consists of lidocaine with epinephrine. It aids in numbing the treatment area of the scalp and helps control the bleeding. The surgeon will then make an incision to cut vertically into the scalp, will then harvest donor hair without hurting the follicular units. Incisions are usually only so deep that harvesting entire follicular unit is possible.
In strip harvesting, the surgeon harvests a small strip of donor tissues. These are then divided into individual follicular unit grafts. The surgeon then closes the donor site using stitches or small staples.
Using a small needle or blade, the surgeon makes an incision into the recipient area. They then place the transplants in a random pattern. You doctor may try to recreate natural hair angles and directions. This ensures that the hair looks as close to original as possible.
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