Lateral Slit Technique

Lateral Slit Technique

Hair restoration surgeons of Theni Skin Clinic have pioneered the lateral slit technique, recognized as the single most important surgical breakthrough in hair transplant surgery since the follicular unit. Lateral slit technique provides natural results, mimicking nature, and minimizing scarring. This revolutionary surgical method for recipient site creation is now used by leading hair transplant clinics around the world.

Results of Natural Hair Transplant

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, i.e. the temple and sideburn zones. 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. In other methods of creating the recipient site, incisions are made sagitally, parallel to the direction of hair growth. In such methods, maximum possible density in a given area cannot be achieved, hairs grow randomly and often atop one another, producing redundant coverage and unnatural results..

Lateral Slits Minimize Shock Loss

Hair shock usually results from trauma of incisions made in the skin close to preexisting hair. Lateral Slit Technique minimizes trauma to the recipient area, thus dramatically reducing incidents of hair shock. In addition to trauma caused by recipient site creation another cause of shock loss is the repeated manipulation and tugging on preexisting hair in order to expose surrounding bald scalp and to assess the angle of the hair shaft with regard to the scalp. This angle must be exactly copied when making the recipient site incision. This cause of hair shock can be virtually eliminated by having the hair on the scalp approximately 1/2 cm long so that the surrounding scalp can be visualized without moving the adjacent hair, and the hair angle can be copied with precision. At our clinic we encourage our patients to allow us to trim their hair. This will make the first 2-3 weeks post transplant difficult to conceal but will otherwise be of significant benefit to the patient (and surgical team).

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