Lateral Slit Technique
We believe that next to the
follicular unit graft, the lateral slit technique is the next
most important idea or technique that has revolutionized hair
transplants today. Most doctors still insist on making these slits vertically
(in the direction the hair grows).
This causes two huge problems!
By performing your slits vertically, they take on the look
of corn rows thus making the hair appear thinner and
The most important part of graft placement is to have the
angulations of the grafts at the same angle as your real hair.
This is done by placing the slits at the proper angle and
the graft will follow. Except
in vertical slits, the graft can angle anywhere from 90 degrees to 10 degrees or lying down on the head.
This is because the grafts can move slightly in the
direction of the slit causing your hair to look very unnatural
and without any pattern.
If you look closely at a
natural growing hair pattern, the follicular units appear to
line up in a horizontal line or perpendicular to the direction the hair grows.
Because the follicles lie side by side instead of behind
one another they do not take the corn row look, instead the hair
looks much thicker because you get the support of the hair
behind it. This
random arrangement of hair stops the light from shinning through
the scalp because itís being blocked by the hair behind it.
This is why it looks thicker and denser.
angle of the graft is a very important part of the transplant to
the slits are horizontal or lateral, the graft can only grow in
the exact angle that the blade was placed into the scalp.
This means that every graft is angled precisely at the
exact and proper orientation to the head.
The only movement the graft can make is from side to side
which only causes more variability or irregularity to the hairs,
which cause more blocking of light thus appearing to be even
closely examined, the new transplanted hair will grow in the
same orientation as found in nature.
Biltmore Surgical Hair Restoration is the only place in
the valley where you can receive the Lateral Slit Technique.