Hair transplants have become so popular that hair loss is now nothing to be embarrassed about. There are two main techniques used to harvest the hair for transplant – the older strip method, and the newer Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE technique. There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of the FUE method, but is FUE hair transplant the best harvesting technique.
Hair Harvesting Techniques
With the strip method a strip of hair is surgically removed from the donor area. The hair is then separated individually before being put in the thinning area. The wound is then sutured, leaving a linear scar.
The FUE hair transplantation technique is a newer method of hair extraction. It involves the use of an automated device to remove bundles of 1-4 hair follicles from the donor site, (usually at the back of the head). The units are then transplanted into the area affected by hair loss.
Is FUE the best harvesting technique?
Doctors don’t agree on which harvesting technique is the best. However, the FUE hair transplantation method is often preferred over the older strip method, because it does not leave a linear scar, and no stiches are required. What makes FUE so great is the fact that the scar left behind is very tiny, and almost impossible to see.
The decision regarding which technique to best is often arrived at after considering the pros and cons of both methods.
The correct extraction of the hair follicle is vital for the viability of the transplanted hair, and overall success of the procedure. Therefore choosing a surgeon that is trained and experienced in hair surgery is an important part of the process.
Clients in Guilford, CT can contact the Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, for more information on hair transplant procedures. Call 844-551-9880 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Langdon.