Differences Between the Stick and Place and the Lateral Slit Hair Transplant Technique

3/11/2010 10:02:08 PM


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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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.