Strip grafting or strip harvesting is a technique for transplanting hair that is most commonly used to treat male pattern baldness. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that has been used for decades and can produce amazing results.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
In strip grafting, the doctor removes hair follicles from the donor site on the patient’s body and then transplants them to the site of the hair loss. The doctor will usually collect the follicles from the side or back of the head because of the greater resistance to balding in these areas. The back of the head also has the most and thickest hair.
Strip grafting is an outpatient procedure that is usually done using a local anesthetic and mild oral sedation. The doctor uses a special tool to retrieve a strip of skin in the direction of hair growth to increase the number of usable follicles.
During the implantation stage of the strip grafting procedure, the doctor will skillfully place the graft in the area that needs to be treated. This is done in a way that produces very natural-looking results.
A strip grafting hair transplant can take hours to complete, as it involves meticulous concentration on the part of the doctor performing the procedure. The amount of time the procedure takes is dependent upon the size of the treatment area.
The recovery can take weeks; however, this is also dependent upon the size of the area that was treated. The patient may have to take antibiotics during the healing process. With that being said, the results of a hair transplant can last for the rest of the patient’s life.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Candidates for strip grafting have to be healthy enough to undergo a medical procedure. Patients with compromised immune systems or serious chronic disorders are generally not considered to be good candidates.
Ideal candidates for hair transplants also need to have enough donor hair available to make the transplant feasible. People with severe hair loss will need to discuss other options with our team.
Learn More About Strip Grafting
During a consultation at Hair Restoration of the Palm Beaches, you can get more facts about strip grafting, including how it can benefit you specifically. This procedure could leave you with a full head of hair. The best part is, your own hair is being used, so others won’t be able to tell that you had any professional help. Our offices are located in Boynton Beach and Wellington. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.