FUE VS STRIP
The two transplant methods widely used today are FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and STRIP (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery). These procedures differ in the way the donor hair is extracted.
STRIP requires the cutting of a large strip of scalp from the patient’s donor area. The incision is then stitched shut, and the grafts are harvested from this strip.
The drawback to this procedure is that the patient is left with a long, linear scar across the donor area, preventing them from being able to sport a short hairstyle in the future, as hair must be kept longer in order to cover the scar. Of greater concern, however, is that the FUSS procedure greatly decreases the useable donor hair, affecting the patient’s capacity for future procedures to restore their hair to its full potential.
The revolutionary FUE Hair Transplant procedure addresses these concerns, as individual follicles can be extracted directly from the donor area, eliminating any strip removal. This results in a significantly reduced healing time and NO linear scar. The patient has the freedom to trim and style their hair as they please. Furthermore, the lack of strip removal maximizes amount of donor hair that can be harvested.
1 – FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction
2 – STRIP – Follicular Unit Strip Surgery
- Strip of scalp surgically removed from non-balding area
- Individual grafts placed in incisions in balding area
Advantages to FUE over STRIP
Follicular Unit Extraction
- Minimally Invasive
- Less complication rate
- No large scar on back of head
- Can shave or keep hair short in future
- Can continue to harvest more grafts for future FUE procedures
- Shorter recovery time
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery
- Higher complication rate
- Leaves scar in back of head
- Limits graft harvesting due to pulling of scalp in future procedures
- Longer recover time