FUT/Strip method—A hair-bearing strip of scalp is excised from the back of the head. It is typically a wide, horizontal piece removed from the area where hair growth is the densest. The scalp is carefully cut into micro-grafts by hand under a fiber optic equipped microscope. The surgeon is able to meticulously avoid transection, (accidentally cutting through the follicle bulb) and can allow for any number of hairs they want in the graft. These will typically range from 1-4 hairs each, and are customized for various implant locations.
The wound is closed with sutures or glue and will require a couple of weeks for full healing. Because the scalp is a mobile area, frequent movement or tension can prolong the process. This procedure is typically less costly than FUE but does result in a linear scar which may be noticeable if the hair is worn very short. By contrast, in NJ, FUE is a scalpel-free option that results in significantly faster recovery times and eliminates the concern for a long, visible scar. With or without robotic assistance, The FUE device extracts each hair graft individually using a tiny precision punch tool which takes a portion of tissue surrounding each hair follicle. The process requires more time and will usually yield lower numbers of grafts in one session than FUT can. Those who select FUT on the other hand,usually want a more dramatic transformation with more grafts transplanted at one time.
In either case, transplanted hairs will take and begin to grow according to natural hair growth cycles, starting roughly three months later. Advanced FUE systems boast an over 90% take rate because of graft preservation and protection during extraction. FUT requires a surgeon to divide each graft by hand which means that their specific skill, experience and artistic ability will influence how optimal each hair plug is. FUE in New Jersey is considered to be the more advanced and modern approach, preferred by many, but it’s critical to understand that methods must be personalized forthe individual, their existing hair growth and their goals. Strip techniques are traditional and enduring because they still suit many clients.
When considering a hair transplant procedure for yourself, in-person consultation with a hair restoration specialist will be your first step toward determining the best approach for you. At Nova Medical Hair Transplant, our experts offer customized solutions to keep our clients happy and confident.