Whether we are discussing the strip method or the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method of hair transplantation, these denote the difference in the harvesting technique and not the placement of grafts in the recipient area (hairline, upper scalp, eyebrows, and beard). The biggest difference in transplantation techniques is the harvesting of the grafts and not placing the grafts. Placing the grafts is the same with all hair transplantation techniques.
As with any surgical incision of the skin, both the strip method and FUE method produce scars. These scars can be concealed if the hair in the back and sides of the scalp are worn about a #2 clippers or longer with the FUE technique and about a #3 clippers or longer with the strip method of harvesting. The linear scar in the back of the scalp will require sutures or staples and should be removed 7-10 days after the procedure. In most cases, even the sutures can be concealed following surgery.
The strip method is optimal if a large amount of hair is to be transplanted. If there is a large balding area present, then the strip method is the best method for producing the greatest amount of hair density in the recipient area. This is especially true when transplanting grafts known as Multiple Follicular Units (MFU) behind the hairline. Multiple Follicular Unit grafts can only be produced when the strip method is used.
This is a tried and proven technique in hair transplantation since the early 1990’s. The strip method can be used to accommodate both large or small sessions. When the method utilizes the MFU grafts, about twice as much hair can be moved per session, thus ultimately requiring half as many sessions if there is a large balding area to treat.
During your free consultation, Dr. Zacco and you will create an individualized hair restoration plan for you. For your convenience, we provide a free consultation via Face Time, Skype, or at either of our locations. It’s simple, contact us and we will be happy to schedule or perform a free hair restoration consultation.
Dr. Arthur Zacco
6400 Creedmoor Rd Ste #104
Raleigh, NC 27613
410 E Williams St
Apex, NC 27502