The trichophytic closure technique is a surgical method utilized by Dr. Gabel to minimize the appearance of a donor scar after removing donor tissue during a hair restoration procedure. A trichophytic closure is used specifically for suturing the scalp after a strip incision. This technique can provide better camouflage of the linear donor scar left during a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT).
During the Procedure
During an FUT procedure, the surrounding hair serves to completely cover the scar, depending upon hair length. However, some shorter hairstyles may be susceptible to showing the linear scar created by a strip incision. By utilizing the trichophytic closure technique, Dr. Gabel can mitigate the appearance of a scar so that it can be concealed more easily. Dr. Gabel will trim one of the open edges of the incision, which will allow the edges of the scalp to cover each other and the hair, which allows these hairs to grow directly through the scar. The goal of performing a trichophytic closure is to further camouflage any scar tissue that may form in the aftermath of the patient’s healing.
For Previous Hair Transplant Patients
For patients who have had previous hair transplant procedures and are looking to better conceal their incision scars, the trichophytic donor closure is a good option. In addition, it can be used for repairing previous hair transplant surgeries and scar corrections. The trichophytic closure tends to work well in cases where the incisions are sutured. Another benefit to the technique is the relatively quick healing time to the wound. Dr. Gabel will recommend which type of closure (tricophytic technique or stapling) is best for his patients on a case by case basis.