Which Hair Transplant Technique is Best?

If you are losing your hair and have decided to have a hair transplant, one thing to consider is the type of procedure or the technique the surgeon will use to transplant hair from one area of the scalp to the other. Today, surgeons use both strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques during hair restoration. One technique isn’t necessarily "better" than the other one. It all boils down to how much hair you have to transplant and how you plan to wear your hair after the surgery.

FUE vs. Strip Harvesting

One of the biggest differences between FUE and strip harvesting is how the surgeon collects the hair to be transplanted. During follicular unit extraction, the surgeon removes one follicular unit (or hair follicle) from the scalp at a time. Removing the units one by one means that there is no large scar at the end of the procedure. During strip harvesting, the surgeon removes a group of follicles at once, on a strip of skin. To do that, he needs to make an incision, which does leave a scar.

Benefits of Strip Harvesting

For the right patient, strip harvesting is the best hair transplant technique. For example, if you hope to have a large amount of hair transplanted from one area of your scalp to another, strip harvesting allows a surgeon to harvest a great amount of hair at once, without having to perform multiple procedures.

Another benefit of strip harvesting is that you don’t have to shave the scalp or donor area. If you wear your hair longer or prefer to keep your hair long, strip harvesting can be an ideal option for you. 

Today’s strip harvesting techniques are considerably more advanced than older methods. First, the incision is usually smaller now than it was in the past. The techniques today’s surgeons use to close the incision are also more advanced, which helps the area heal better. In some cases, hair is able to grow through the scar, making it even less visible on the back of the head.

Benefits of FUE

While strip harvesting is the best pick for some people, FUE is the better option for others. The scars created by FUE are tiny pinpoints, which are barely visible. The technique is ideal for those who prefer to keep their hair short and who don’t mind having a portion of their scalp shaved before surgery. 

FUE is often a more delicate procedure than strip harvesting, with the surgeon needing to take extra care with the follicular units he harvests. Advancements in the technique mean that the rate of transplant failure has fallen considerably,  making hair restoration a viable option for more people.

Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, NJ offers both FUE and strip harvesting techniques. To learn more about each option and to decide which one is the best option for you, call 844-261-7020 to schedule a consultation today.

FUT vs. FUE Hair Transplant

If you’re considering hair transplant surgery and have conducted some research on your options, you’ve likely come across the terms FUT and FUE. You may be wondering what these are, and which might be the right choice for you.

Here at Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, NJ, we perform both strip harvesting surgery, or follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This post will help you understand the differences and benefits of each.

Comparing FUE and FUT Hair Transplantation Methods

In Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair is harvested via tiny circular incisions over a large donor site area. These leaves leave white, round, tiny scars.

In Follicular Unit Transplantation, also known as strip harvesting hair transplant surgery, a thin, long slice of tissue is removed from your donor area located on the sides and back of your scalp. Your individual follicular units (FUs) are obtained from that strip through stereo-microscopic dissection. Once the wound edges are closed and healed, you are left with a single, fine scar.

One of the primary advantages of the FUT procedure is that it usually (but not always) provides you with the highest hair yield. This is because FUI allows the hair transplantation surgeon to harvest hair from a select donor are more efficiently and there is a high level of precision with the stereo-microscopic dissection. If your goal is to achieve as much fullness as possible with your hair restoration, you should consider the follicular unit transplantation procedure.

One of the main benefits of the FUE procedure is that you don’t have a linear donor scar. Rather, you have tiny white, round scars. With the FUE, your healing and recovery time is also faster than with FUT. If your goal is to be able to quickly return to your normal activities, including strenuous activities, FUE may be the right choice for you. In addition, if you plan on wearing your hair very short, then this is another reason to highly consider FUE over FUT. Furthermore, if your scalp is loose and doesn’t permit the surgeon to efficiently make a strip excision, FUE is also indicated.

Call for a Consultation to Help You Decide

To learn more about the differences between FUE and FUT hair transplantation or other hair restorations options like PRP therapy, call us here at Contemporary Hair Transplantation in Paramus, NJ at 844-630-6305.

During your initial consultation, we work with you to determine which transplantation method is best for you based on your quality and quantity of your available donor hair, the size of the thinning area, hair loss classification, and your preferences.