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  • STEP 2: GRAFT PREPARATION

    Once the strip is removed, it has to be dissected down into the individual 1-4 hair follicular unit grafts. This is a very vulnerable point for potential trauma to the grafts and has to be done with skill and efficiency

    • Donor Strip is cut into
      “This Slivers” with A Microscopets1
    • Donor Strip is cut into
      “This Slivers” with A Microscopets2

    The first step in graft preparations is to “sliver” the donor tissue under a microscope into thin sections only 1-2 hairs wide. It is similar to cutting a loaf of bread, only on a microscopic level. With the use of a high-powered microscope, the tissue can be converted into these thin slivers with almost no trauma or transection. Next, the slivers are cut down into the individual 1-4 hair follicular unit grafts and trimmed of as much excess tissue as safely possible. This trimming creates the smallest possible graft that then enables us to use the smallest possible incision which ultimately means less trauma and better graft survival. This step is also done under microscopic magnification at SMG.

    It is important that the grafts remain hydrated, be kept at the proper temperature, and receive nutrients. At SMG we also use special holding solution called “Hypothermasol” that have antioxidants, buffers and nutrients to help maximize survival. This solution is specially formulated to keep graft tissue alive at cooler temperatures.

    GRAFTS ARE KEPT HYDRATED AND COOL IN HOLDING SOLUTIONS

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