The Hair Transplantation Process
Hair transplantation is a general term for any surgical procedure that involves moving individual hairs from one area (donor site) to another area of the body (recipient site). Hair naturally grows in follicular units that consist of one to four hairs. For best results that mimic natural hair growth, a follicular unit transplantation is preformed to relocate these natural hair groupings.
There are two types of follicular unit transplantation – strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction. Dr. Brett Hirsch is an expert at both the FUE and Strip method of hair transplantation. Both are offered at the Tampa, Florida Hair Transplant Clinic.
During a strip harvesting procedure, a strip of scalp is removed from the back or sides of the head. After the wound is sutured back together, individual follicular units are removed from the dissected piece. These units are then transplanted to the recipient site. While this type of procedure can be very effective and yield natural looking result, it also has a few drawbacks. First, a linear scar across the donor area is common. This scar is covered by hair and it virtually always undetectable. Second, the sutures will need to be removed by a medical professional and the recovery period will last about two weeks. The advantage of this method is that it is a more economical surgical option.
A follicular unit extraction is similar to the strip harvest procedure. Instead of removing an entire strip of the patient’s scalp, a tiny punch is used to extract individual follicular units. This minimally invasive procedure leaves only microscopic puncture scars. Additionally, the absence of sutures makes the recovery process infinitely easier, quicker (about seven days), and is often said to be less painful. The additional time it takes to conduct this surgery, however, make it a higher priced option.