For those who are considering a hair transplant with the strip method, the possibility of a long, linear scar is often one of the biggest concerns. In recent years, a wound closure method called “trichophytic closure” has been introduced and is now practised by many highly experienced hair transplant Doctors/Surgeons.
Diagrammatic representation of Trichophytic Closure technique
A traditional method of hair transplant strip incision procedure involves the harvesting a strip of hair-bearing skin from the back of the head/scalp. The skin from where the strip is pulled out the wound occurs, which is sutured or stapled together. This method often results in a visible scar that can be hard to cover, especially if the patient does not have a long hair. For those who concerned about the visibility of this scar, the trichophytic closure can be a great solution.
These embedded hair roots will give rise to new hair from this scar line giving scar less appearance to strip method
Though there are several variations to the trichophytic closure technique, this method can be described as the overlapping of the skin for closing the area. Firstly, where the edges of the incision are trimmed got closed in such a way that the hair can regrow through it. What is common among all the different variations of the trichophytic closure method is, “they can support the hair growth through the scar. Having a hair growth through the scar can provide a great camouflage and make it very hard for anyone, even a Doctor, to notice the scar!
The trichophytic closure technique is a well evolved and proven method. The very first Doctor who introduced it, Dr Mario Marzola, conducted a comparison study where clients had one side of their scar closed with the trichophytic closure technique and the other side with the traditional method. After several months, the scars that were closed with a trichophytic closure looked significantly invisible. Some hair transplant Doctors believe that the trichophytic closure will result in an undetectable scar, while others who use it believe that it is only a good in minimizing the visibility of the scar, not completely, but an advanced option of removing the scar at maximum. At Medispa Laser, Cosmetic & Hair Transplant Centre, Jaipur & Delhi, India; Dr Suneet Soni uses the Trichophytic closure to make the FUT hair transplant technique, an undetectable as well as with the natural outcomes.
Hair transplant surgery aims to achieve a result that is as natural as possible. In order to do this, however, we need more than the most up to date techniques.