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Hair Restoration Methods include the Strip Hair
Transplant and the FUE Hair Transplant
The Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE method, is an advanced technology that has many benefits. Neograft is one of the FUE Providers and was the first FDA cleared technology of its kind. Though the strip method is an older method of hair restoration, it still has advantages that FUE(Follicular Unit Extraction) does not offer.
So let us compare both Hair Restoration Methods
According to Dr. Finger and many other articles written about the Strip method, it is exactly what it sounds like. It is when a physician takes a strip of skin from your head to harvest hair for transplant purposes. It sounds and looks worse than it really is and it is not only a very reliable procedure it is also the best way to get to the sweet spot of your donor zone. This method is also the one to choose if the patient needs or wants to get the maximum number of follicular units (hair follicles) in one session. The safe donor zone that has the best quality and most density is at the back of the scalp. If they have a horseshoe of hair around the back and sides of their scalp ( AKA George Jefferson) there is an area of higher density where the hair is a bit thicker and healthier than the rest of the head.
The Strip Procedure Explained
During the traditional Strip procedure a strip of hair and scalp from the back of the head is removed, which is called the donor site and is usually the section of the scalp that contains the thickest hair. The two sections of the divided scalp are sutured, so naturally, there is a bit of recovery time. Once the section of donor skin and hair follicles is removed from the scalp, units of one to four hair follicles are then removed from the donor strip. These follicles are inserted into the desired area to move up a receding hairline or simply create more density. With NeoGraft’s automated FUE technology, the strip method for hair restoration is no longer the only option for long-lasting hair restoration, but before we discuss FUE, let us elaborate on the Strip Method first.
One of the reasons why the Strip method is getting a bad rep is because it is getting bad mouthed by every single FUE Only Clinic around the globe. Slanderous and sometimes untrue marketing material clearly in favor of the FUE Hair Restoration expresses their dislike by showing pictures of the procedure to potential Hair Restoration patients. FUE Hair Clinics Centers and their staff are selling the new SCARLESS method and some of their concerns are not without reason. It takes a skilled, experienced surgeon to complete the FUT Hair Transplant, whereas the FUE (Neograft method) does not require a Surgeon.
FUE is easy to sell and it is exactly what most patients under pressure choose. A picture of a bad strip scar and they just closed the deal. Hair Restoration Savannah offered FUT long before Neograft and Dr. Finger appreciates the availability of both procedures. There are patients that have one shot to get maximum grafts and they don’t care about a scar on the back of the head that can be covered with hair anyway.
NeoGraft’s FUE method is a minimally invasive procedure that actually removes hair follicles individually instead of in an entire strip of scalp. The donor follicles are removed from a full section of hair using a 1mm punch. This punch makes a tiny circular incision surrounding each hair follicle, and the follicles are removed using pneumatic pressure, or suction. Once the desired number of hair follicles are removed, these donor hair grafts are then implanted in much the same method as the Follicular Unit Extraction, using reverse pneumatic pressure. As hair follicles are implanted in the treatment section of scalp, the exact position of each hair follicle can be controlled. The follicles are initially removed individually, so they may be implanted individually with the 1mm punch, often resulting in a more precise and natural hairline. This innovative hair transplant technology is a great alternative to the traditional “strip method” of hair restoration, however, not everyone is an ideal candidate says, Dr. E. Ronald Finger our Medical Director and experienced Plastic Surgeon.
Two Hair Restoration Methods Which Should You Choose?
The choice is not completely yours. The first step is to find out how severe your hair loss is. Make sure to book a consultation with a qualified physician that offers multiple Hair Restoration Methods. Medical History, cost and a variety of other reasons will prompt the patient to prefer one or the other procedure. Your physician will ultimately recommend what is best for you based on a variety of factors. Some patients still prefer the strip method because it is a bit less costly and some patients do not want hair technicians performing their hair transplant. As discussed in this article there is also a way to harvest more hair during the strip method, which is important when dealing with an advanced case of hair loss. The scar produced on the back of the head (donor site) where the hair is harvested from, will go unnoticed if your head is not shaved or if the hair is not extremely short. If you opt to have hair restoration with Dr. Finger you are in good hands because he specializes in suturing techniques that leave minimal scarring.
Hair Restoration Methods include FUE Hair Transplantation
NeoGraft FUE Hair Restoration does not require general anesthesia and is completed by our experienced Hair Technicians under local anesthesia and oral sedation. Patients can completely relax during their hair transplant procedure and Dr. Finger is there during initial consultations, procedure day and post-op visits. NeoGraft is a less invasive technique to extract hair follicles and requires no incisions, no sutures and leaves no linear scar. Downtime is minimal and slight swelling of the scalp and soreness is to be expected but does not usually last for more than 5-7 days. The patient should be able to return to work within no more than 5 days (if the job does not require extreme physical labor). Ask Dr. Finger about details concerning post-operative care for both Hair Restoration methods. Neither procedures require general anesthesia. With the strip method you will have no visible signs of a hair transplant at the donor site if you have hair covering the scar, and the sutures are usually removed within 10 days of the procedure.
Dr. Finger and the staff at Hair Restoration Savannah are ready to assist you with any questions and offer consultations in Savannah and Bluffton, SC. Dr. Finger is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with over 40 years of experience.
*Patient Results are not guaranteed and vary from patient to patient.