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Hair Transplants: FUE vs. Strip Excision Harvesting

If you are a man or woman who suffers from balding or thin hair you do have hair restoration options. Hair transplants might be what you consider to be only a fairy tale that rarely has a happy ending. Nowadays, through the methods of Strip Excision Harvesting and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) you can achieve a fuller head of hair that is visually appealing and long-lasting.

You are probably wondering what the differences between Strip Excision Harvesting and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are. Well, they both have their own drawbacks and benefits. You will need to weigh out the pros and cons of FUE vs. Strip Excision Harvesting to decide which one will work best for you.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves harvesting individual hair follicles from the back of your head. The follicles are then transplanted onto troubled areas of your scalp.

FUE Leaves on Minimal Scarring

The key benefit of FUE vs. Strip Excision Harvesting is that it leaves only a tiny scar. The barely noticeable scarring is ideal for individuals who prefer short hairstyles. People who often suffer from thickened scaring will benefit from the FUE method because the minimally invasive procedure will not leave deep scars that tend to occur with Strip Excision Harvesting. FUE is often used to cover scarring suffered from Strip Excision Harvesting.

Faster Healing

The FUE method heals much faster than the Strip Excision Harvesting process which means reduced postoperative pain and less downtime.

FUE Requires Numerous Sessions

Unfortunately, FUE takes much longer than Strip Excision Harvesting. The number of grafts that can be done in one session is limited which means that you will need to undergo numerous sessions before you achieve the look that you desire. FUE tends to be best suited for individuals who require coverage over only a small area.

FUE is More Expensive Compared to Strip Excision Harvesting

FUE is much more expensive than the Strip Excision Harvesting method so it may not fit into your budget.

Strip Excision Harvesting

With the Strip Excision Harvesting method, you will achieve great results quicker and at a more affordable price. You will also only need to undergo one or two procedures to achieve the look you want. This method is best suited to individuals who require coverage over a large area.

Scarring is Worse With Strip Excision Harvesting

Many individuals experience more noticeable scarring with the Strip Excision Harvesting vs. FUE. However, if you have thick hair or you do not excessively scar it may be virtually indistinguishable.

More Pain and Discomfort

Some patients experience more postoperative pain with the process compared to FUE. However, other individuals report very little discomfort.

A Cost-Efficient Method

Ultimately, Strip Excision Harvesting is cheaper than FUE and may be a better fit for your budget.

Both procedures will give you a natural head of hair. Most people base their choice on the extent of their baldness and their budget.

Dr. Vargas at Vargas Face & Skin Center is skilled in both FUE and Strip Excision Harvesting. If you are interested in undergoing a hair transplant, you should book a consultation to discuss both methods in depth and decide which one will meet your requirements. Contact us today to start your hair transplant journey!

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