Hair Transplantation - Follicular Unit Strip Method (FUS)
The strip hair transplantation approach is a way of acquiring follicular graphs from a donor strip taken from an area of the non-balding scalp. Extracting the grafts from the strip using microscopes, and then transplanting the grafts in the bald or thinning regions. This is a technique of acquiring grafts from the donor area whereby a strip of scalp and skin is removed from the donor region under local anesthesia. The donor incision is sutured closed and follicular unit grafts are dissected from the strip the use of stereomicroscopic dissection. This approach is in comparison to follicular unit extraction (FUE) where the grafts are eliminated directly from the donor region one by one.
Patients who benefit from the strip method
Patients who are experiencing the following conditions would be ideal candidates for the Strip Method:
- Male pattern baldness
- Female pattern baldness
- High hairlines
- Correcting past procedures
Why Choose the Strip Method?
- It's less expensive than the FUE method
- Patient's personal preference
- Number of grafts in a single session
- Shorter procedure time
- Less transection rate (more viable grafts)
What about the Scar?
The scalp is very elastic. When the doner strip is removed, the scalp is sutured back together. There will be a thin, horizontal line hidden under the hair on the back of the scalp. However if the person ever considers a close or shave cut, the scar would be visable and should consider the FUE method. The length of the scar will depend on the number of grafts extracted.
What about a "Trichophytic Closure"?
This technique will treat the wound edge in a way that would induce hair to grow through the scar to make it less visible. This technique is effective but not 100% effective eliminating scar visibility.
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