For people who are experiencing a moderate or large amount of hair loss, a strip harvest is the best and most affordable technique to restore as much density as possible. A strip harvest is a horizontal linear incision along the back of the scalp, used to extract donor hair for transplant.
Although the scar left from a strip harvest can be quite easily concealed if hair is not worn too short, it still poses a concern for some surgical transplant candidates.
A new technique, called Trichophytic Closure may help ease this concern.
Trichophytic closure is a secondary revision, made by surgically altering a 45 degree angle, along one side (top or bottom) of the linear harvest strip. The 45 degree angle of the incision takes off the top part of the skin, allowing the linear incision to heal skin-to-skin.
The part of the scalp that remains below the 45 degree angle contains hair follicles that are still alive. These follicles will take up the blood supply from the scalp once the incision has healed and then grow up through the scar. This certainly can reduce the visibility of the linear donor scar, making the strip harvest technique more cosmetically acceptable.
The trichophytic closure technique will not completely conceal the linear scar, but it will reduce the visibility of the scar by approximately 50% compared to the standard closure technique. This is a great advancement in surgical technology, which is wonderful news for hair restoration patients who are not good candidates for the FUE technique.
For more information on the FUE technique, see our previous post titled “The Evolution of Hair Transplant Techniques”.
If you are experiencing hair loss and would like to know more about hair restoration techniques, schedule your FREE consultation with Larry today. You’ll be glad you did!