Strip Method Hair Transplant
The Strip Harvesting technique involves removing the follicular units to be transplanted as one group, from the donor area. By this way the follicular units are kept intact in their genetic form and prevent the individual hair follicles from being damaged. Each follicular unit contains one to four hairs, the average being 2.2 hairs per follicular unit.
These follicular units are then dissected with great care under microscopes equipped with fiber optics so as to avoid the application of heat to the follicles. These follicular units are preserved in a special solution at the right temperature until the doctor prepares the recipient sites on the patient. They are then placed with great care in to the bald or thinning areas of the scalp, called the recipient area.
There are many factors that contribute towards a complete and natural result. The most important one is the experience and the know-how of the surgical team involved in the surgery. An expert surgical team will deliver a state of the art hair restoration by observing strict quality control procedures during every phase of the procedure.
There are several key elements necessary to achieve a satisfactory result. The most important of these key elements are the following:
Proper donor extraction and closing
- Proper follicular unit dissection
- Proper graft hydration and storage
- Recipient site creation using proper angulation, direction and arrangement
- Natural hairline design
- Careful placement of grafts with the proper technique so as to avoid their damage
- Proper post-surgery care
The dissection of the grafts is vital to the final result. The strip is first dissected in slivers as shown below, and then the slivers are dissected into follicular units or grafts. This way of dissection under the hands of a well-trained team, ensures no wastage of grafts and makes placing easier without the fear of graft damage. This is one factor that ensures higher percentage growth.