What are the advantages/disadvantages of FUT-strip and FUE?
Many patients want to know the diffences between theses procedures. Here is a summary:
1. Quicker time to harvest a large number of grafts
2. Lower cost
3. Less graft damage
4. No need to shave scalp
5. Multiple procedures use same scar
1. Cannot cut hair as short due to line scar
1. Can keep hair shorter since no line scar
1. More expensive
2. Longer procedure time to harvest grafts
3. Can’t harvest as many grafts at one time
4. Grafts damaged at a higher rate
5. Must shave donor area of scalp
What is a follicular unit?
Follicular units are the natural groupings of hair that we have in our scalp and are typically made up of 1 to 4 hairs along with nerves, sebaceous glands and sometimes fine vellus hairs. Using follicular units in transplantation allows us to achieve more natural appearing results.
Is transplanted hair permanent?
Yes. Hair from the donor area (back of the scalp) is resistant to balding and it keeps this characteristic when placed into the areas of hair loss.
Will the procedure leave a scar?
Not where the transplanted hairs are placed.
The donor areas will have scarring. In the strip technique, the donor area is stitched together and heals most commonly as a thin line scar of 2mm or less in width. The scar is usually not visible even when the hair is trimmed with a #3 razor.
In FUE, the grafts are taken out in a scattered pattern throughout this donor area, leaving tiny dot like scars that are often undetectable.
Will I need stitches?
You will have stitches in the donor area (back of the scalp) if the strip grafting method is done.
Does the transplant look natural?
Yes. Because we use follicular units grafts the results are completely natural looking. Transplanted follicular units look and grow like normal hair so that they are virtually undetectable after healing. We are able to use a large number of these tiny sized grafts to distribute hair evenly and in a pattern that is natural. Also these tiny grafts only require extremely small incisions into the balding areas, which helps healing and gives an undetectable appearance.
Does the procedure hurt?
Minimal pain is experienced during the anesthesia process. We use a special technique with massage to lessen this and keep you comfortable.
Can I drive home?
No. You will need someone to drive you home due to the mild sedative given.
When can I return to work? exercise?
The following day you can resume most regular activities but many prefer to take a few days off. Exercise and more strenuous activity can resume after 1 week.
Will the surgery be noticeable to others?
Immediately after the procedure, you will have some scabbing form around the new hairs. These typically go away in 5 to 7 days. During this time, the scabs can be covered by your existing hair or by wearing a hat.
When will my hair grow?
The transplanted hair typically starts to grow anywhere from 4 to 6 months with full growth by 1 year. A small percentage of patients have immediate growth.