How do you know if you need a strip procedure or FUE?
For most people a strip procedure is just fine. However if you may ever wear your hair short so that the strip donor scar is not camouflaged, you may want to consider the incision-less FUE donor hair procedure.
I had an FUT procedure several years ago and my results are great except I'm not happy with the strip scar. I'm wondering whether or not to undergo a small FUE procedure for scar repair or if that would be borrowing trouble since I am otherwise happy with my results.
Possible scar revision and /or FUE grafts into the scar are certainly a good way to go to solve your scar concerns.
There seemed to be so much excitement about FUE when it first came out. Has it lived up to all the hype?
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a fantastic technique. It is more costly, time consuming, and needs highly trained technicians in the office. Because of this it is best used for those who have very short hair or may wish to someday shave their head. The technique leaves no donor site scar, otherwise it has no advantage.
Is it true that FUE is the best hair transplant technique for African American men?
FUE is an excellent hair transplant technique for Afro-Americans because they tend to wear their hair short at the donor site. Short hair at the donor site leaves the potential to see the scar created by having strip donor work.
How is the donor hair removed with FUE? Is it a strip of hair that is removed?
By definition FUE or follicular unit extraction is the intentional removal of donor hair one follicle at a time. This leaves no donor site scar and while more expensive, is excellent for those with short hair or who do not want any donor site scar. There is no strip of hair removed.
I’m interested in a hair transplant but the thought of shock loss scares me! What exactly is it and why and when does it occur? How is it treated and are there any ways to prevent it?
Shock loss is not fully understood. It happens in only a few cases here and there. The only way to prevent it or lessen it occurrence is to go to an experienced surgeon who will not stress your scalp and keep the chances of its occurrence to a minimum.
Does the FUE transplant technique result in the visible rows that are seen with the older types of hair transplants?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method where donor hair is removed one follicle at a time so that there is no donor site scar.This is the most modern and sophisticated hair retrieval technique. If this hair is then placed by an experienced and talented surgeon you will not see any difference from 100% natural looking hair. You will not have the old corn row look.
Question: What is the difference between FUE and the strip method and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Answer: FUE procedures remove hair grafts one at a time and leave no donor scar. You can wear your hair short and even shave your head and have no visible donor site. The drawbacks are the added cost from time and technician expertise and a slightly less graft take. Strip procedures are fast, cheaper and for the majority of people a good procedure. A strip of skin is removed from the back of the head and simple closure of the site is done. The grafts are then cut individually under the microscope by technicians and then used for transplant. The suture is removed in 8-10 days. And graft take is excellent. There is a resultant scar but it is easily covered by natural hair growth.