FUE Hair Transplant

comparing the advantages and disadvantages of FUE hair transplant vs traditional strip procedures.

Dr. Prabdeep Sohi

Compare FUE vs Strip Hair Transplant

FUE is now the most sought after alternative to traditional strip hair transplant procedures.

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. It is a process wherein individual follicular units containing 1 to 4 hairs are removed under local anesthesia; this micro surgical hair restoration procedure typically uses tiny extraction tools or punches measuring anywhere from 0.6mm and 1.0mm in diameter. Each follicle is then inserted into tiny recipient sites made by the surgeon using a placement tool. Because individual follicles are removed, only small, punctuate scars remain and any post-surgical pain is minimized. As no suture removal is required, recovery from FUE is a lot faster than traditional strip technique.

Comparing the Pros and Cons of FUE vs Strip Hair Transplant

  Strip Hair Transplant FUE Hair Transplant
Stitches Cutting open the skin and closing it with stitches So can have stitch related problems No stitches Minimally invasive
Stretching of scar Can prolong healing period and one has to avoid physical activity for weeks No such problem and one can start physical activity soon after transplant
Recovery 2 – 3 weeks usually need 1 month of rest for atheletes, body builders etc 3-4 days. Exercise, weight training, sports, can be resumed in 4-5 days
Donor complications Not uncommon e.g. wide scar, painful scar, delayed healing of stitches and give away of stitches Practically nil
Short hair style Scar becomes visible, so sporting long hair style is mandatory Can easily sport short hair style
Numbness above stitches Numbness above the stitches often last for months or permanently due to division of nerves in the line of cut No numbness because there is no division of nerves
Pain in the stitches Pain for 10-30 days and sometimes even permanently due to entrapment of nerve in the area of cut Practically no post operative pain
Tightness in the donor area Common for few months Nil
Blood loss in surgery More Minimal
Operation time Less More
Donor hair availability 3000 and sometimes 3500 in one sitting Usually not more than 6000 in two or three sittings 5000 in one sitting Could be even more than 10,000 with body hair transplant
For grey hairs Difficult to visualize and can have more transactions Procedure and transaction rate remains unchanged with grey hairs
For limited or poor donor area You cannot select good number of 3 and 4 hair grafts Maximum number of 3 and 4 hair grafts can be selected to increase the number of transplanted hairs
For patients with tight scalp Larger sessions and multiple sittings become difficult Ideal method
Shock loss More chances due to more invasive nature of procedureesp in the donor area Rare, due to minimally invasive nature of the procedure
For those with more risk of scarring like Asians More chances of stretched out scar and hypertrophic scar Minimum such chances
Control on graft harvesting It is possible that the strip may have less or more hairs than pre calculated You can calculate and control the exact number of grafts extraction as you wish
Special advantages  
  • With FUE, you can select single hair or multiple hair follicle when needed
  • In patients with tight scalp or multiple strip scar only FUE is effective
  • FUE can correct scarring caused by strip technique
Time for transplant 3000 grafts in 5 hours 3000 grafts in 10 hours
Surgeons time Surgeon spends 20% of time Technicians spend 80% of time on the procedure Surgeon spends 80% of time Technicians spend 20% of the time on the procedure

 The above is provided by Dr. Prabdeep Sohi and do not necessarily represents the opinions of HairSite.