Hair transplant
by Jumroon Tungkeeratichai Yadav

Jaypee’s Video Atlas of Operative Otorhinolaryngology AND Head & Neck Surgery

by Vicky S Khattar, Bachi T Hathiram
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This video demonstrates the technique of follicular unit hair transplantation, wherein the donor hair is harvested from the occipital scalp in one large ellipse, and subsequently fashioned into micrografts and minigrafts for transplantation. It is one of the most widely used techniques for hair grafting today. Significant areas of balding scalp are covered with minigrafts (3 to 4 hairs/graft) and micrografts (1 to 2 hairs/graft). The size of the harvested donor hair is determined by the hair density, scalp elasticity, and the eventual area of alopecia to be covered. The graft dissection then proceeds on a separate table under bright lighting and magnification, so as to carefully preserve the natural groupings of hair follicles while preparing the micrografts and minigrafts. While the recipient area is being prepared, the grafts are kept moist and cool. The grafts are then implanted and the angle of the implanted hair can be controlled by the direction of the scalpel as it makes the slits in the skin. In the event of presence of native hairs in the recipient area, the grafts are placed parallel to them. This is similar to the technique as described by Barrera.

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