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Strip Or FUE – What’s The Difference?

When prospective patients come into my consultation room – and once they’ve decided they want to proceed with a hair transplant – the next question on their lips is usually about methods of surgery and, crucially, which one I would recommend.

There are two methods of hair transplant surgery. The first is Strip FUT, which sees the surgeon remove a strip of hair, follicles and tissue from the donor area before separating the follicles and re-implanting them at the recipient area.

The practice has been continually refined over the years and, while it was prone to leaving scars when first developed, a good surgeon will be able to perform the operation with minimal scarring, undetectable to the untrained eye. The chief benefit of strip FUT is that the hairs are taken from most dense and future proof part of the scalp, and the risk of the hair units perishing is much smaller than with the procedure’s major counterpart, FUE.

FUE involves the individual removal of hairs and follicles, with each unit individually transplanted to the recipient area. The procedure was developed to avoid the linear scar that is a risk with strip FUT and has grown in popularity over the past decade. In addition to the points above, the major drawback with FUE is that the whole donor area and possibly the entire head will need to be shaved on the day.

At the Farjo Hair Institute, we also use a second method of performing FUE  – the ARTAS Robotic System. ARTAS allows the surgeon to work with the utmost precision when harvesting donor hair follicles, using a robotic system to automatically identify the best areas of donor hair, so as to ensure the most efficient and sustainable harvest of hair.

The individual follicles are then re-implanted by hand. There are only two ARTAS systems in the UK, with the Farjo Hair Institute’s Manchester clinic being one of those.

When it comes to my recommendation, I’m afraid that all depends on the individual in question. Each procedure has its own benefits but all should deliver natural-looking results which last a lifetime if performed by a skilled surgeon.

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