This method exists since the 1930s but has made significant progress over the past 10 years. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and there is no need for the patient to stay at the hospital. The performance lasts about 2 or 3 hours, depending on the number of hair grafts. The surgery is painless and patients can resume their social life on the next day after surgery.
The method is simple. Hair roots and follicles are extracted from the couronne (area on the back of the head). This area usually does not suffer hair loss. The hair strip will be meticulously cut in smaller fragments containing 1 to 3 hairs maximum. These grafts are implanted in the little incisions in the recipient sites.
Currently, the number of transferable grafts is from six hundred from the frontal zone to the back zone. After transplant, a bandage will be placed until the patient’s departure and a dry bandage is required afterwards. After 2 weeks, staples and stitches are removed from the donor zone.