Graft handling and placement

Graft handling and placement are critical steps in hair transplant surgery that significantly impact the success and natural appearance of the final results. Grafts refer to the individual follicular units (FUs) containing 1-4 hairs that are harvested from the donor area (typically the back of the scalp) and transplanted into the balding recipient area.

Graft Handling:
* After harvesting FUs using FUT or FUE techniques, careful handling is essential to ensure their viability.
* The FUs are meticulously separated under microscopes to minimize damage.
* They are stored in a cool solution to maintain proper hydration and temperature until implantation.
* Gentle handling throughout this process helps maximize the survival rate of the transplanted hair follicles.

Graft Placement:
* Tiny recipient sites are created in the balding area according to a planned design. (See definition of “Recipient Sites” for details).
* Each FU is then carefully inserted into a recipient site with proper angulation and depth.
* The surgeon aims to mimic the natural hair growth direction and density for a realistic outcome.
* Precise placement minimizes trauma to the surrounding scalp tissue and promotes blood flow to the transplanted follicles.

Importance of Precise Graft Handling and Placement:
* Graft Survival: Proper handling and placement significantly increase the chance of transplanted FUs surviving and thriving in the recipient area, leading to successful hair growth.
* Natural Appearance: The angulation and density of placed grafts determine the final hairline design and overall hair growth pattern. Meticulous placement is crucial for achieving a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.
* Minimizing Scarring: Careful handling of grafts and proper spacing during placement help minimize the risk of visible scarring in both the donor and recipient areas.

There are no direct alternatives to proper graft handling and placement during hair transplant surgery. However, the choice of hair transplant technique (FUT vs. FUE) might influence the harvesting method used but not the overall importance of meticulous graft handling and placement.

This information is for general knowledge only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult with a qualified hair transplant surgeon to understand the details of graft handling and placement specific to your chosen procedure and desired outcome.