The strip technique, also referred to as a Follicular Unit Transplant or Strip FUT, is widely recognized as one of the most effective options for patients seeking to address hair loss or thinning hair. There are several advantages available to patients who opt to undergo a hair transplant utilizing the strip technique, and many doctors arrive at the conclusion that the advantages associated with the strip technique make it the most ideal hair transplant method for the patient in question.
The principal advantage of the strip technique lies in its ability to produce a substantially greater yield than many of the other available options. Due to the greater yield associated with the Strip FUT method, patients with extensive hair loss can expect a single hair transplant session to produce as many as 3,000 grafts containing anywhere from 5,000 all the way up to 9,000 individual follicular units — and possibly more. This reduces the possibility that the patient will have to return for multiple transplant sessions, but it also results in a slightly longer recovery period compared to the Follicular Unit Extraction procedure.
Patients who opt for an FUT procedure should be aware that the donor follicles are surgically removed via a strip taken from the patient’s scalp, which requires the use of sutures and will leave a small scar in the donor site. Hair transplant doctors take great care to ensure this scar is obscured by the patient’s remaining hair, and, once healed, many patients have difficulty locating the scar on their own. Patients who prefer a shorter haircut or a rapid recovery time might find that the FUT method does not suit their specific needs, but others will come to the conclusion that the strip FUT method is indeed the most ideal hair transplant option available.
NeoGraft is a hair transplant method that exists among the various types of Follicular Unit Extraction procedures that incorporate automated tools or systems into each session. The NeoGraft procedure completes a Follicular Unit Extraction in conjunction with an automated extraction system that removes the individual follicular grafts from the patient’s donor site. This system is designed to prevent the possibility of the grafts becoming damaged — and therefore unusable — during removal from the donor site.
The automated system utilized during the NeoGraft procedure is designed to prevent damage by ensuring the follicles are not twisted or pulled during the extraction process, thereby providing the doctor with the maximum possible yield for transplantation in the recipient site. Even though the NeoGraft procedure is designed to maximize the yield from the donor site during a Follicular Unit Extraction, the time-intensive nature of the process still presents limitations in terms of the total possible yield available to the doctor and patient (a single session usually produces up to 1,500 grafts).
Ensuring a maximal yield from the donor site, however, is not the only factor in determining the level of coverage delivered to the recipient sites in which the patient has experienced thinning hair or hair loss. The manner in which the grafts are transplanted in the recipient sites is a crucial factor in restoring volume and ensuring maximal coverage throughout the recipient site, which is why every patient should exercise caution in order to select a skilled doctor and team capable of designing a natural-looking hairline.
Along with the Follicular Unit Transplant procedure, the Follicular Unit Extraction is recognized as a highly effective solution for addressing the issues associated with hair loss or thinning hair. It is indeed considered one of the very best transplant methods available to patients, as it is ideally suited for meeting the needs of patients looking for a no-suture, no-scar hair transplant option that requires very little downtime following the completion of the procedure.
A Follicular Unit Extraction is considered a minimally invasive procedure, which allows patients undergoing this hair transplant method to return to normal activities in as little as 24 hours following the completion of the procedure. Of course, this procedure is also time-intensive and might require multiple sessions in order to achieve a level of coverage adequate for addressing the patient’s needs.
The minimally invasive nature of this procedure makes it possible for sessions to be performed on consecutive days, and it is often necessary for a patient to undergo multiple sessions of a Follicular Unit Extraction to match the yield made possible by the Follicular Unit Transplant procedure. These subtle differences highlight the need for patients to engage in a thorough discussion with a hair transplant surgeon during the initial consultation process, as a doctor can help the patient determine the best course of action for addressing their unique hair transplant needs.
When it comes to determining which hair transplant method results in the best possible hair transplant outcome for the patient, it is most sensible for the patient to instead ask, “Which method is most suitable for me?” When patients ask this question of their hair transplant doctor during the initial consultation process, it is most often the case that the response will be one of the two following surgical hair restoration options: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
It is of the utmost importance, however, that whatever procedure is recommended involves careful consideration of the patient’s specific type of hair loss as well as the many other factors that go into determining which transplant method is best for the patient and most likely to achieve the patient’s specific hair transplant coverage and density goals.
Along with the Follicular Unit Transplant — also known as the “strip technique” — and the Follicular Unit Extraction, patients may also have the option of selecting from a host of other hair transplant options. These additional options include robotic hair transplants, NeoGraft hair transplants, or Smart Graft Hair Transplants, all of which rely on automation or other new and advanced technologies — many of which are utilized during a Follicular Unit Extraction procedure.
For patients who wish to ensure they select the best possible hair transplant procedure, it is necessary to make a commitment to thoroughly delineating the specific goals and objectives they hope to achieve — including, for example, the level of coverage and density ultimately restored by the transplant — during the initial consultation process with their hair transplant doctor. By outlining all the specific goals and objectives the patient hopes to achieve by undergoing a hair transplant procedure, the doctor will have more than enough information at his or her disposal to make a recommendation regarding which of the available options is best, including which option is most likely to achieve the specific hair restoration goals and objectives sought by the patient.