Strip Harvesting Technique
The Strip Harvesting method involves removing the follicular units to be transplanted as one group. These follicular units are dissected under stereo microscopes and then placed in to the bald or thinning areas of the scalp, called the recipient area.
With this technique a long band of skin (typically 28cm x 3cm) is removed from the back of the head using surgical scalpels. Each follicular unit contains one to five hairs, the average being 2.2 hairs per follicular unit.
These follicular units are then dissected with great care under microscopes and preserved in a special solution at the right temperature (4 to 8 degree centigrade).They are then placed with great care in to the bald or thinning areas of the scalp, called the recipient area.
A lengthy healing time is required and scarring is obvious. Strip surgery can result in long 6-8 inch scars, and can also cause nerve damage and numbness of the scalp.