When harvesting hair using the strip method, approximately how big is the strip for the average procedure? Does this cause any side effects like a stretched or tight feeling or anything else?


The length of the donor strip is dependent on several variables:

  1. The number of follicular unit grafts (1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs) needed to transplant a certain scalp region.
  2. The density of grafts per square centimeter. The greater the density the more grafts can be harvested in a shorter strip. Therefore, if a patient has less density over the donor region, he or she will require a longer strip of tissue to obtain the number of grafts required for transplantation.
  3. The elasticity of the donor region allows a wider strip to be harvested and still be closed without tension. The average width of a donor strip is 1 centimeter wide, but with a loose or elastic scalp we can harvest up to 2 centimeters in width. The wider the strip the more grafts can be harvested over the same length. Greater elasticity allows the surgeon to take a shorter, but wider strip and still harvest as many grafts.

Most patients with a loose scalp do not feel any tightness over the donor region. Those patients with a tight scalp may feel a tightness or a stretch sensation for 7 to 14 days, or until the stitches are removed over the donor region. In a few months, the scalp elasticity will return to its pre-surgery status.

Thank you for your inquiry. Please call us at 480.500.7443 or send us an EMAIL if you have any further questions.

Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon



Written on March 4, 2016 | Categories: Hair Transplant Questions | Tags: , ,