I’m told by various strip physicians that the strip scar is a thin as a pencil mark. Is this true?
This is completely dishonest. The average strip scar is 2 to 3 mm wide and it can stretch from ear to ear. If you plan to cut your hair short, this can be a problem for you as it is obviously a man made scar. It is an obvious sign that you had a hair transplant. No one wants anyone to know they’ve had a hair transplant, however. No one wants anyone to know they had hair loss or that they ever considered hair restoration surgery. Even shorter hair styles can expose the strip hair transplant scar. Frequently we are told that a hair cut of a number 3 or shorter exposes the strip scar form a strip hair transplant.
There is a new fallacy you are hearing from strip surgeons, as well. They claim that their new trichophytic closure technique produces pencil thin scars that are invisible. We’ve seen 5mm wide scars produced by this technique. Five millimeters is Â¼ inch wide. It is a huge gap with no hair in it. When the trichophytic closure works, it rarely works in the rear of the scalp. You will not see an advantage along the sides of the scalp usually. Furthermore, the tighter you make the scalp by performing successive strip procedures, the more likely it is that your scar will widen and stretch out. Furthermore, these strip scars can turn whiter than the surrounding skin or bright pink. This produces further contrast to the scars should they be exposed by a short hair cut or by a medical illness that causes thinning or loss of your hair.
One other problem you will never hear about from your strip surgeon is that strip procedure causes irreversible changes in your donor area hair growth angles. A strip is nothing more than a scalp reduction in the donor area. It alters hair growth angles for the rest of your life.
There is no reason to have a strip procedure. It really is up to the patient to demand the alternative, which is far better. Patients should begin to demand CIT, which is an advancement over our older FIT procedure. There is CIT and no quite CIT. Many physicians will tell you they perform FUE. This FUE procedure does not meet the quality of CIT. CIT is a proprietary procedure with quality instrumentation. Only CIT has proven results day in and day out with all types of hair including wiry, kinky hair seen in men of African decent.
With all the disadvantages of a strip procedure for hair loss you might ask yourself why all physicians don’t make the switch to CIT. The answer is very simple. They don’t want to work that hard. CIT is a far more complex procedure that requires the physician to learn new skills. Strip hair transplant surgeons are used to their strips and the ease with which they are performed. Don’t expect them to change. The only thing that will cause surgeons to modify form their scar forming strip procedures is for patients to begin demanding the less invasive CIT procedure.