There are several different hair transplant methods available today, and each hair transplant clinic has their own specific procedures. Hair transplant techniques have over time developed and refined into two main methods: the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method and the STRIP method.
They both have advantages and disadvantages, and after a consultation with a hair transplant specialist, you will know which method is right for you.
The FUE method usually means that individual hair follicles are picked out and transferred from the neck to the crown. The FUE is a scalpel and stitch free approach with faster healing. With the STRIP method, a strip of the scalp is removed, from where hair follicles will be transferred to other areas of the head. The cut is closed with sutures that can be removed after one week. The STRIP leaves behind a thin scar.
The main difference between FUE and STRIP is in the way hair follicles are extracted. The insertion process of the extracted hair follicles is usually the same.
A big advantage to the STRIP is that it can collect more hair follicles at one time. With an FUE, the amount of hair that can be transferred is limited, which means more procedures are necessary to achieve the same coverage as with an individual STRIP. The FUE is more time-consuming and more expensive than a STRIP. If you have a larger area that needs to be covered, an FUE is not the most cost effective solution.
An FUE will not create a linear scar, but will leave tiny marks which resemble pimples. However, these marks are so small that no one will notice them. The main advantage to an FUE is that no incision in the scalp is needed. This is especially good for those with short hair styles. However, with today’s technology, doctors can minimize the visibility of any scars, whether it’s an FUE or a STRIP. And a skilled doctor can use an FUE to hide scars from previous STRIP procedures. However, an FUE cannot reverse any numbness in the area caused by a STRIP.
A STRIP will take 12 months to heal, while an FUE heals much faster. In fact, an FUE can be continued the following day, while a new STRIP can only be done once a year.
An FUE is an excellent option if you only need a small hair transplant, such as to restore the hairline in early stages of baldness. An FUE is also the best option when the doctor does not recommend a STRIP, such as when the skin on the scalp is too tight, has existing damage or has already undergone several STRIP procedures.
An FUE is considered by many as the newer, gentler approach to a hair transplant.
While it is essential to understand the main differences between the two methods, only a hair transplant specialist can tell you which method is best for you, considering your specific needs and desired outcome.
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