Hair transplant is a surgical operation performed by transferring healthy hair follicles, which are resistant to falling out, to the thinned or completely bald hair area. During this surgical operation, many channels must be opened in the donor and the recipient area. These channels are one of the main factors which affects the success of the hair transplant. At this point, the specialist’s experience will increase the success of the operation. If the channels are not opened using the right technique, the hair will not have a natural look after the transplant. Moreover, it will be very hard and costly to correct the mistake made while opening the channels in the hair transplant. Therefore, the hair transplant is a serious operation which must be performed by expert specialists.
How is the opening process done?
Before the process begins, the direction of the channels is determined by our specialists according to the direction the hair grows. Then, the opening technique is finalized by a team in our clinic. There are many methods for the channel opening process in hair transplant.
- Sagittal Slit: It is a channel opening technique applied by making small slits in the donor and the recipient area. After the operation, there will be scars in the recipient area. Therefore, the specialist must stitch up the area the channels are opened. It is very difficult to find the right angles and make slits accordingly, no matter how expert he/she is. For this reason, it is not preferred today.
- Perkutan Technique: In this technique, special tiny needles are used to open round channels in the recipient area. Healing takes short time because the opened channels are quite small. However, it costs more than other techniques, since it takes quite a long time.
- Lateral Slit: It is one of the most used techniques today. In this technique, the opened channels in the donor and the recipient area are very small. This technique increases the possibility of getting a natural look after the hair transplant. The opened channels do not require stitches and leave no scar after the operation. In the FUE hair transplant technique, the channels are opened using the Sapphire technique while the DHI technique uses the Choi, however the Sapphire FUE is commonly used.