When it comes to surgical options for hair loss, you will only have two choices: follicular unit extraction (FUE) or strip harvesting. While both hair loss treatment options promise to restore your hair, they do so in different ways. It is important to understand the differences between the two procedures before making a decision regarding which procedure you will choose to undergo.
The Presence of a Scar
Both of these treatment options require a surgeon to take hair from a donor site and place it where you are experiencing hair loss. This is a surgical procedure that will result in the presence of a scar. The size of the scar will vary depending upon which procedure you are having performed.
Strip harvesting leaves a large, noticeable linear scar on the back of the head. Follicular unit extraction does not leave a linear scar, but it leaves another type of scar. The scar left after follicular unit extraction is roughly the size of a pin point.
Over time, the scar produced by the follicular unit extraction may start to fade. Unfortunately, the strip harvesting scar typically does not fade over time.
Success Rate for Graft Survival
Once the transplanted hair is placed on the head, it will take some time to readjust and become a natural part of the body. In most cases, this happens and the transplant is considered a success. Unfortunately, in some cases the transplant fails and the hair falls out.
Your chances of a successful hair transplant will depend upon which treatment option is being performed. Follicular unit extraction has a successful graft survival rate of 75%-80%, while strip harvesting has a success rate of 90%.
Time Involved with the Procedure
Even though each procedure has the same goal – to help restore hair to a patient – it does it using different techniques. The use of different surgical techniques means the time involves with the procedure will vary depending upon which one is being performed.
Strip harvesting is the most time efficient. In most cases, it can be completed in a single day. Follicular unit extraction, on the other hand, is more time intensive. Patients undergoing follicular unit extraction may be required to come back for multiple appointments and surgeries, as it is an extremely complex procedure that is time consuming.
Choosing which hair loss treatment option is best for you can be difficult, as both are very similar and both have pros and cons. It is best to consult with a professional who has experiencing performing both of these surgical procedures to determine which option is best for your unique situation.
Call Contemporary Hair Transplant, a New Jersey hair loss treatment clinic, to schedule an appointment to discuss which treatment option is best for you.