How Long Do Stitches Stay in After a Hair Transplant?

April 21st, 2014

Q: I’ve heard that healing after a hair transplant requires stitches. How long will they stay in?

A: In a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), the surgeon removes a thin strip of scalp from the patient’s donor area that supplies the follicular unit grafts for the hair transplant. After the strip is removed we use either sutures (stitches) or staples to close the wound.

We now close most wounds in the donor area with staples, rather than sutures, because we have found that staples cause less injury to the remaining hair follicles compared to sutures; therefore, more hair will be available for future hair restoration sessions. For more about sutures vs. staples, see Why We Changed from Sutures to Staples in FUT Hair Transplants.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on April 21st, 2014 at 12:55 pm



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