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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-106

Outcomes of staple closure of the donor area during hair transplant by follicular unit transfer

1 Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, PSG Medical College and Research Center, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Consultant Dermatologist, Cutis Skin Clinic and Hair Transplant Center, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kumaresan Muthuvel
Department of Dermatology, PSG Medical College and Research Center, Coimbatore - 641 004, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.138351

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Background: Donor area closure in hair transplantation by follicular unit transfer (FUT) is being done by various techniques. This study aims to assess the outcomes of staple closure for donor area in FUT. Aim: To study the outcome, efficacy and complications of staples in donor area closure for FUT. Materials and Methods: A total of 50 consecutive patients who underwent staple closure for donor area in FUT were included in the study and their data were collected retrospectively. Patients were followed up one year after the surgery and photographic documentation of the scar at the donor site was done. Objective measurement of the width of the scar was done for all the patients. Results: The average length of the donor area was 22 cm. The average width of the scar was 1.82 mm. There was no infection or tissue necrosis at the staple closure site in any of the patients. Conclusion: Staple closure resulted in cosmetically acceptable scar, but post operative discomfort was the major limitation. The potential to conserve the hair follicles along the line of closure makes using staples worthwhile if conservation of follicles is the goal.

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