Lateral Slit Technique for Better Graft Placement: Another relatively new, innovative technique involves the direction the graft is placed in the scalp. The older technique of making the recipient sites parallel to the direction of hair growth causes the grafts to line up to give an unnatural and thinner appearance. The Lateral Slit Technique performed by our professional doctors changed our thinking dramatically with their revolutionary procedure of making recipient sites perpendicular or lateral to the direction of hair growth.
According to the top hair transplant surgeons of the world;
The lateral slit technique is the only surgical method that is able to duplicate the alignment and distribution of hair as it occurs in nature, maximizing coverage, and eliminating the pluggy results of older hair transplantation methods.
The angle and direction of hair growth can be precisely controlled, allowing transplantation of areas previously regarded as too difficult or unsuitable for hair transplant surgery. In the donor area, follicular units appear to be lined up alongside one another in a plane perpendicular to the direction of hair growth. Lateral slit technique mimics nature’s arrangement of hair follicles providing the patient with the most natural possible results.
Typically, once all the recipient sites have been made, you will have time to stretch and go to the bathroom. A lunch is then served while the hair technicians continue cutting the donor strip in follicular units. After finishing lunch we re-anesthetize the recipient region before the skin nerves have a chance to return to normal. If at any time during the surgery you begin to feel anything other than pressure, you must alert the surgeon. If we re-numb before the anesthetic effects are gone, you will not experience any discomfort.
We then begin the last phase of the surgery which is the most time consuming and labor intensive, namely placing the grafts in their new recipient sites.