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#1

Strip or FUE?

Ok guys, I finally went for a consultation with a hair transplant doctor a few days ago. I posted pics of my case earlier on the old board but I can’t find it anymore…

Thing is, he was quite persistent in selling me the strip procedure instead of FUE. Now that raised my eye brows a bit because from my research there is only one way to go for this and that’s FUE!

I am really more inclined to FUE because of all the good things I’ve read and heard about it.

But is FUE really better then the strip?

Is FUE really totally undetectable? How bout for the strip?

What are the scaring like for both?

Will the strip scar eventually expand?

Will hair at the donor site grow back after removal?

Sorry for all the noob questions.


#2

» Strip or FUE?
»
» Ok guys, I finally went for a consultation with a hair transplant doctor a
» few days ago. I posted pics of my case earlier on the old board but I can’t
» find it anymore…
»
» Thing is, he was quite persistent in selling me the strip procedure
» instead of FUE. Now that raised my eye brows a bit because from my
» research there is only one way to go for this and that’s FUE!
»
» I am really more inclined to FUE because of all the good things I’ve read
» and heard about it.
»
» But is FUE really better then the strip?
»
» Is FUE really totally undetectable? How bout for the strip?
»
» What are the scaring like for both?
»
» Will the strip scar eventually expand?

If you want FUE… then by all means start consulting with different FUE doctors… in terms of FUE and scarring… there is no way to tell individually if that person will/or will not scar no matter what. Everyone scars differentlly. What you need to realize is you gotta be smart. You need to ask a thousand questions… you need to know which doctors are using the smallest punches and providing good results. There are clinics… not many, that have the potential for good results (meaning if all the planets line up), but use tools that are very large(>1.0mm) which may result in the white dotting. At least the potential is higher than if smaller punches are used. The white dotting is because of the large extraction sites that cannot fully shrink to enough during healing. So scar tissue fills in.

My point is this… find clinics that use punches that are 0.75mm and the clinics that are showing results. There are several. But the main thing is to read read read… research until you are an expert. You will begin to realize who is doing what. What doctors are “known” for shady large tool usage .

It terms of strip scarring… no one knows how a person scars… and again there are doctors in todays times(not many) that are producing the least visible pencil line scars on a consistent basis.

Of course you raising your eye brow and thinking something was wrong when the doctor tried to talk you into strip was a good gut reaction. Some doctors try to use a term called the Fox test as gauge to tell you if you are a good candidate or not for FUE. Then you are told that you are Fox negative and strip is your only option… a complete falsification and an utter lie. Some doctors tell you that the 0.75mm punch doesn’t work and obliterates grafts… a complete falsification and a lie. Some doctors tell you that they have a “scarless” procedure… a complete falsification and a lie. You the patient have so many obstacles to overcome to find the truth… but the truth is out there and on this forum thanks to David S (hairsite).


#3

» » Strip or FUE?
» »
» » Ok guys, I finally went for a consultation with a hair transplant doctor
» a
» » few days ago. I posted pics of my case earlier on the old board but I
» can’t
» » find it anymore…
» »
» » Thing is, he was quite persistent in selling me the strip procedure
» » instead of FUE. Now that raised my eye brows a bit because from my
» » research there is only one way to go for this and that’s FUE!
» »
» » I am really more inclined to FUE because of all the good things I’ve
» read
» » and heard about it.
» »
» » But is FUE really better then the strip?
» »
» » Is FUE really totally undetectable? How bout for the strip?
» »
» » What are the scaring like for both?
» »
» » Will the strip scar eventually expand?
»
»
» If you want FUE… then by all means start consulting with different FUE
» doctors… in terms of FUE and scarring… there is no way to tell
» individually if that person will/or will not scar no matter what.
» Everyone scars differentlly. What you need to realize is you gotta be
» smart. You need to ask a thousand questions… you need to know which
» doctors are using the smallest punches and providing good results. There
» are clinics… not many, that have the potential for good results (meaning
» if all the planets line up), but use tools that are very large(>1.0mm)
» which may result in the white dotting. At least the potential is higher
» than if smaller punches are used. The white dotting is because of the
» large extraction sites that cannot fully shrink to enough during healing.
» So scar tissue fills in.
»
» My point is this… find clinics that use punches that are 0.75mm and the
» clinics that are showing results. There are several. But the main thing
» is to read read read… research until you are an expert. You will begin
» to realize who is doing what. What doctors are “known” for shady large
» tool usage .
»
» It terms of strip scarring… no one knows how a person scars… and again
» there are doctors in todays times(not many) that are producing the least
» visible pencil line scars on a consistent basis.
»
» Of course you raising your eye brow and thinking something was wrong when
» the doctor tried to talk you into strip was a good gut reaction. Some
» doctors try to use a term called the Fox test as gauge to tell you if you
» are a good candidate or not for FUE. Then you are told that you are Fox
» negative and strip is your only option… a complete falsification and an
» utter lie. Some doctors tell you that the 0.75mm punch doesn’t work and
» obliterates grafts… a complete falsification and a lie. Some doctors
» tell you that they have a “scarless” procedure… a complete falsification
» and a lie. You the patient have so many obstacles to overcome to find the
» truth… but the truth is out there and on this forum thanks to David S
» (hairsite).

There are many more examples of great strip results than FUE, most of us have also only really seen strip work for larger sessions. Fue has not been as successful in this area. With strip you will have a scar along the back of your head with FUE there is minimal scarring. With FUE you will still have the option to shave your head, this will be more difficult with strip. Strip does cost less than FUE but the recovery time is definiltey longer. You have to factor in all these things when you make a decision.


#4

» There are many more examples of great strip results than FUE, most of us
» have also only really seen strip work for larger sessions. Fue has not
» been as successful in this area. With strip you will have a scar along the
» back of your head with FUE there is minimal scarring. With FUE you will
» still have the option to shave your head, this will be more difficult with
» strip. Strip does cost less than FUE but the recovery time is definiltey
» longer. You have to factor in all these things when you make a decision.

Also I think it depends on your hair loss stage and how many grafts you need. FUE is better for smaller ops and from what I read if you need 3000 or more maybe better to go Strip first, get the max you can with Strip. But if scarring is a problem then FUE but maybe less coverage.


#5

» » Strip or FUE?
» »
» » Ok guys, I finally went for a consultation with a hair transplant doctor
» a
» » few days ago. I posted pics of my case earlier on the old board but I
» can’t
» » find it anymore…
» »
» » Thing is, he was quite persistent in selling me the strip procedure
» » instead of FUE. Now that raised my eye brows a bit because from my
» » research there is only one way to go for this and that’s FUE!
» »
» » I am really more inclined to FUE because of all the good things I’ve
» read
» » and heard about it.
» »
» » But is FUE really better then the strip?
» »
» » Is FUE really totally undetectable? How bout for the strip?
» »
» » What are the scaring like for both?
» »
» » Will the strip scar eventually expand?
»
»
» If you want FUE… then by all means start consulting with different FUE
» doctors… in terms of FUE and scarring… there is no way to tell
» individually if that person will/or will not scar no matter what.
» Everyone scars differentlly. What you need to realize is you gotta be
» smart. You need to ask a thousand questions… you need to know which
» doctors are using the smallest punches and providing good results. There
» are clinics… not many, that have the potential for good results (meaning
» if all the planets line up), but use tools that are very large(>1.0mm)
» which may result in the white dotting. At least the potential is higher
» than if smaller punches are used. The white dotting is because of the
» large extraction sites that cannot fully shrink to enough during healing.
» So scar tissue fills in.
»
» My point is this… find clinics that use punches that are 0.75mm and the
» clinics that are showing results. There are several. But the main thing
» is to read read read… research until you are an expert. You will begin
» to realize who is doing what. What doctors are “known” for shady large
» tool usage .
»
» It terms of strip scarring… no one knows how a person scars… and again
» there are doctors in todays times(not many) that are producing the least
» visible pencil line scars on a consistent basis.
»
» Of course you raising your eye brow and thinking something was wrong when
» the doctor tried to talk you into strip was a good gut reaction. Some
» doctors try to use a term called the Fox test as gauge to tell you if you
» are a good candidate or not for FUE. Then you are told that you are Fox
» negative and strip is your only option… a complete falsification and an
» utter lie. Some doctors tell you that the 0.75mm punch doesn’t work and
» obliterates grafts… a complete falsification and a lie. Some doctors
» tell you that they have a “scarless” procedure… a complete falsification
» and a lie. You the patient have so many obstacles to overcome to find the
» truth… but the truth is out there and on this forum thanks to David S
» (hairsite).

Great post Hairtech, and I totally agree with you on the .75 punches. I am blown away by the fact there’s still some FUE docs using punches >1mm.

I can personally attest that the pics I am now seeing with the .75 punch, have much better appearing donor sites once everything heals up. And many of these guys desire to wear their hair short.

The test you are referring to is the FOXX test introduced by Drs. Bernstein and Rassman to establish candidacy for FUE. I am not a proponent of the test.


#6

Well,
IMHO it is ALWAYS a better idea to go for least or less invasive procedure, regardless what kind of sugergy.
Luckely for hairloss there is FUE nowadays.


#7

Hairy P,

Neither STRIP nor FUE are perfect on the donor area. Do not let anybody tell you that hair transplants are without scars. If you are thinking of going with Strip, look for a physician with consistently faint linear scars. The Ledge closure, or trichophytic closure, will also help minimize the appearance of narrow strip scars. With FUE, scarring is usually very faint assuming that the appropriate instrumentation is being used and the proper techniques implemented.

The harder either technique is pushed (as in too many sessions), the greater the impacted on the donor area. In other words, you can only remove so much tissue with Strip, and you can only remove so many grafts with FUE. Once you cross a certain threshold – which is different with each patient – the donor area will start to bear noticeable signs of scarring, distortion, or over-harvesting (thinning).


#8

Well, thank you all for the replies.

FUE has clearly more advantages as compared to the Strip and will consider that first.


#9

» Well, thank you all for the replies.
»
» FUE has clearly more advantages as compared to the Strip and will consider
» that first.

Good choice,
Just pick a doc with tons of FUE experience, you dont want to someone who does FUE ‘once in a while’.

Greetz,


#10

» » »
» » just my two cents here. i wanted the least invasive procedure and i went to a highly recommended FUE surgeon from this site and other sites and did the procedure. it was slow and the result is about half grew.no explanation from the Doctor, simply poor regrowth(graft transection???). sure it was only 13 months but i seriously doubt any more will come in. it did thin the donor area but not noticeably and slight indentations in the donor area with a couple mole-like dots. i chose the strip next, a different doctor(does both FUE and Strip) and am still early in the healing but the procedure was quicker, more hair was moved, it was considerably cheaper than FUE and i will let you know later how that all comes out. i did visit with a couple patients from each procedure and spoke with many more and it seems 50-50 on results from each type of procedure, half liked their result vs. cost in their chosen procedure, half wished they chose the other option or nothing at all… personally, i know more hair was moved, more area covered in less time with the strip and i did not have any different feeling after the strip than i did the FUE. if the result is 98% growth from the strip, as most have claimed, and it will be verified by a third physician in a few months, then if i were to go again (which is not likely) i would have to choose the strip, but that is my experience only. HM is the ultimate or gene therapy, etc. i just took the plunge and am not looking back, waited long enough. just one question, does anyone know of a good product to use to reduce itching/promote healing in the donor area/recipient site.