For anyone who has experienced hair loss, FUT hair transplantation, alternatively known as strip grafting, is the most common way to replace lost hair. This rather simple technique removes hair from one place on the scalp and moves it to another, keeping the follicles in one piece during the transfer. It is a rather effective technique for anyone who maintains long hair, but is experiencing hair loss on portions of their head, usually the forehead or dome.
For patients living in Toronto, hair transplantation FUT (strip grafting) is available from Dr. Chivers at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre. Dr. Chivers has over a decade of experience performing this surgical technique and can help patients partially restore the way they looked at a younger age before hair loss affected them.
During a hair transplantation procedure using strip grafting, Dr. Chivers will remove a single strip of hair from your scalp using a scalpel. The strip is cut below the follicle line, leaving all follicles intact. After the strip is removed, individual hairs are separated from the strip in order to be later planted on portions of your scalp where you wish to restore hair. The procedure leaves a noticeable scar on the back of the scalp where the strip of hair was removed, but the scar is easily hidden by anyone with long enough hair.
Candidates for strip grafting are patients that are experiencing hair loss on one part of their head and also have enough hair on another portion of their head to provide donor follicles for the transfer. Since the donor strip is almost always taken from the back of the head, this means that most candidates still have reasonably thick hair on the back of their head. In some cases, it may be possible to remove hair from other portions of the head, but most strip grafting requires a single strip from the rear of the head. If you have hair loss and believe that your remaining hair will provide suitable donor follicles for the procedure, you need only schedule a consultation with Dr. Chivers. He will efficiently determine whether you qualify as a candidate and fully advise you about what results you can expect from the procedure.
Recovery after strip grafting has multiple components. First, there is the recovery time for the donor area of your head. Normally, this area of your head takes about a week total to recover. During this time, you will experience decreasing amounts of pain and will want to carefully clear away any crusting in the area while showering.
As for the transplant area, this recovery usually takes longer. This area usually experiences about a week of swelling. Furthermore, you should wear a hat to avoid direct sunlight to this area for about two weeks total. You will want to avoid haircuts for at least three weeks. By the end of a month, you should be fully recovered, though you will still experience more changes in the look of your hair for most of the rest of a year.
If you are considering strip grafting in the Toronto area, you need only schedule a consultation with Dr. Chivers. He will answer all your questions and get you started on the process of having a fuller and thicker head of hair.