Strip Transplant – What Are the Possible Challenges?
Strip transplant is a form of surgical hair transplantation which is also known as FUT surgery. This is a harvesting technique in which a surgeon removes a group of follicular from a donor area. This hair transplant surgery is not as popular as the FUE hair transplant surgery.
Let’s see strip transplant challenges
There are some issues associated with this hair transplant surgery which can be avoided by paying attention while removing a donor strip in this hair transplantation procedure. Here are the two challenges:
- There is more than one layer of tissues in the donor area. These tissues are subjected to tension along the length of the incision. An experienced doctor is always extra careful while making an incision using a scalpel. It is important to stop every few centimeters while making an incision. This is done to note any increase or decrease in the tension. Being extra careful will allow the surgeon to remove the donor strip of the right width. When the tension is increased, incision becomes narrow.It is important to manage the tension. There should not be any quantifiable degree of additional tension while closing the final wound. The surgeon should pay attention to two areas in the donor zone. These two areas have a higher level of tensions as compared to other areas in the donor zone. The surgeon should make sure that too much of tissue should not be removed. This is another reason why the surgeon should be extra careful. Even when the surgeon is taking care and the donor scar is narrow, shock loss is pretty common. This happens because blood flow is interrupted. This will result in small patches in which there will be no hair growth for more three or four months in some cases.
- It is important to avoid transecting follicular bundles while performing strip surgery in the peripheral of incision and in the donor strip. This is why the doctor should be careful and avoid this. In case there are too many follicular bundles transacted, this might permanently reduce density and cause permanent shock loss. However, a surgeon can avoid this transaction. This can be done by using tumescence. In addition to this, instead of pulling, the surgeon should push a single blade scalpel along the incision line. Tumescence of the donor zone can create large paths between the follicular units. This makes it easy to avoid transaction. When the surgeon pushes the scalpel along these paths, this provides a clear field of view. This can dramatically reduce the chances of transaction.
Although strip transplant is a little less popular than FUE due to these two challenges, this does not mean that you should go for FUE surgery only. The choice of procedure greatly depends on the health of the scalp. Your doctor may suggest strip transplant instead of FUE hair transplant surgery.