Which kind of hair transplant is right for you?
If you’ve been considering hair restoration and have researched it you probably already know there are two basic techniques. In follicular unit extraction (FUE), hair follicles are removed one at a time from the back of the scalp and carefully transplanted one at a time to the recipient area. Dr. Kahen uses customized, highly refined follicular unit extraction tools, coupled with microsurgical tools to create the recipient areas. The result is greater viability of the transplanted follicles for a better hair transplant. In strip technique, the donor hair follicles are removed in a strip of scalp from the back of the head. Experienced technicians then meticulously divide the strip into single follicular units. The units are then transplanted into the recipient area by the surgeon. As you can imagine, there are advantages and disadvantages to each technique. With strip technique, more follicular units can be transplanted during the course of one procedure. Strip technique recovery time is slightly longer than FUE technique because the sutures need adequate time to heal. There is also a small, linear scar that remains on the scalp after the sutures have been removed. However, this is not an issue for patients unless they plan on having short buzzed hair. The major advantages of FUE technique is that virtually no visible scar remains at the back of the head, so this allows patients to wear short hair styles. FUE is a good method for those wanting to hide scars using transplanted follicles.