I’m planning on going for a hair transplant and recently consulted two top hair restoration physicians: both highly recommended on this forum. One recommended follicular unit extraction (FUE) and the other a strip. Both recommended between 1500-2000 grafts.
I’m trying to consider worst case scenarios for both options and am wondering if the scar is poor with the strip, how well does FUE into donor scar work to cover it up if I want to keep a short hairstyle as an option in the future? Has anyone done it successfully?
Follicular unit hair transplantation via strip is much more consistent at providing good results and unless you are planning on really short hair, our office would strongly suggest strip. Plus, if you are likely to need more hair later on, strip limits the quantity of scar tissue in the donor area.
You can wind up with a bad strip scar from even the best of surgeons, but it’s not common. Just yesterday I saw another 30ish year old with Norwood Class 5 hair loss who’d had 600 FUE’s (more likely 2mm punches) to attempt to rebuild his frontal hairline. Now he presents for repair of that plus addressing some of the “further back” loss he’s had since that procedure. Well his donor area is all full of scar and we’ll be lucky to get 2500 grafts out of him and more likely 2200 at one setting since there is so much scar tissue in his donor region.
FUE is an excellent option but one which has pros and cons, just as strip does. Specifically ask the doctors you consulted with about their philosophy on these topics and then make your decision. Putting a case off until you are comfortable is not a bad thing.
Dr. William Lindsey – McLean, VA
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