Can someone explain difference between the "Stick and Place" technique and the Lateral Slit technique in hair transplantation? Does one method give better hair growth yield than other? Which is more common?
The "stick and place" technique describes the process in which the hair transplant physician or a technician makes a recipient site incision and then immediately places the graft into it. By placing grafts immediately into fresh incisions that have not had time to contract or coagulate, incisions can potentially be smaller relative to the size of the typical graft. Pre-made incisions whether perpendicular (lateral/coronal) or parallel (sagittal) are made by the hair restoration physician first in a strategic and artistic pattern designed mimic nature. In both the Stick and Place and Lateral Slit techniques when done correctly, the depth and angle of the incisions are controlled so the hairs will grow correctly in a pattern that mimics natural hair growth. While the "stick and place" technique is less common, both Coalition members Dr. Limmer and Dr. Simmons are good examples of those who employ the technique regularly with excellent results. Likewise, dozens of leading physicians pre-make the incisions before transplanting the grafts with excellent results. When selecting a hair transplant physician, it's important to get to know each physician and their varying techniques. As a patient, you will ultimately have to decide what techniques and who you are most comfortable with and ultimately select a physician you connect with that consistently delivers excellent results.
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