I am interested in having a hair transplant, but I can’t decide on which surgical technique to choose. Should go with FUE or strip? Which one is better?
Today, hair loss sufferers have two ultra-refined surgical techniques to choose from that carry their own specific pros and cons. Unfortunately, not every person is a perfect Follicular Unit Excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction FUE) candidate; just like not every person is a perfect strip candidate. With that said, there are some factors to consider prior to committing to either surgical technique.
Generally, individuals with extensive hair loss benefit the most with strip surgery, because a large number of follicular units can be harvested in one surgical sitting without compromising the appearance of the patients donor site. However, undergoing strip surgery can limit the length individuals can wear their hair after surgery.
FUE has exploded in popularity over the last few years, this is due to the fact that world renowned hair transplant surgeons continue to refine and perfect their FUE technique. Unfortunately, not every hair transplant surgeon/clinic is performing FUE with the same standards, this has led to many individuals seeking repair after surgery. FUE is better suited for individuals with minor to moderate hair loss or individuals who wear their hair short.
Both FUE and strip surgery have their place in hair restoration today, but the benefits are different for each technique. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the prospective patient to weigh the pros and cons for their specific situation. Ultimately, the success of the procedure depends on the skill, talent and experience of the hair transplant surgeon. That is why it is so important to research hair transplant surgeons on hair loss forums that are open and transparent.
Written and published by,
Melvin- Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and The Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians