FUE vs Strip hair transplant
FUE vs strip hair transplant – pros and cons.
As a doctor who has performed strip hair transplants since 1996 and FUE hair transplants since 2003, Dr Rogers believes there are advantages and disadvantages to both techniques. The question is which is the best hair transplant for that patient? Having had both methods of hair transplant himself, Dr Rogers is very well qualified to guide you.
(FUT) Strip hair transplant
In terms of results, strip hair transplants produce more grafts, more quickly and more consistently than FUE transplants. This also makes them cheaper in the long run. So if you need lots of grafts (more than 2000), it is very important to consider the strip method.
However, the downside for some patients is that strip removal leaves a straight line scar in the donor area. For most men, this is not a problem – it normally heals well and is easily hidden with a clippers grade 3 or longer hair cut. It tends to heal very well indeed after the age of 40 and generally we wouldn’t advise FUE in most men above this age.
FUE hair transplant
But if you are younger (20’s), like grade 1-2 hair cuts or are known not to heal well, then FUE might be a better option. FUE leaves little white dot scars where the hair is removed. These are more easily hidden even with a short hair cut. But FUE hair transplants are still surgery, they still leave some visible changes if you shave your head and there are downsides too. FUE, because it is a “blind” method, is slower, less consistent and ultimately cannot produce as many grafts. It is also more expensive.
Dr Rogers opinion
“For me, experiencing both hair transplant techniques was enlightening.
Overall, I preferred the strip method: the extraction was quicker and in some ways, the recovery also quicker. My hair was able to cover the stitches immediately and the donor area felt more back to normal more quickly. The FUE was more visible both immediately and for the next 2-3 weeks until the redness had faded and the hair had grown long enough to cover it. However, the strip was more painful for the first few nights than FUE. But counterbalancing that, the FUE donor area remained somewhat uncomfortable in a “prickly, itchy sort of way”) for about 3-4 weeks, which I didn’t expect. Then again, I was able to get back in the gym after just one week whereas I advise two weeks for the strip method.”
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What our patients say
Dr Rogers Compliment Letter 2015 – SG
When I arrived at the clinic on Harley Street I was welcomed warmly by the staff and did not have to wait long before the Surgeon (Dr Richard Rogers) came and introduced himself. I then sat down with Dr Rogers who spent time getting to know me, asking very detailed questions. He then spent some time with me penciling on different hairlines giving me plenty of time to think, whilst giving his expert opinion and advice on what would look the most realistic. When I had decided on the placement of my new hair line Dr Rogers made sure that I was happy with the outline drawn one last time walking round showing me it from different angles using a mirror.
Through Dr Rogers being so intent on making sure I was 100% happy with the procedure before going ahead really helped me feel comfortable and sure with my decision. With my hairline drawn and having been made to feel completely relaxed by Dr Rogers I was walked to the surgery. Even then Dr Rogers continued to make me feel comfortable introducing me to each of his nurses and explaining each step to me in detail of what they would be doing whilst he performed the procedure.
Having talked through the procedure with me and going over everything in extreme detail Dr Rogers asked me to place myself on the chair and then began to adjust the position making sure that I was completely comfortable. Now that I was sat comfortably and ready for the procedure to begin Dr Rogers began to guide me through each step before doing so. To begin with he explained that he would be administering general anesthetic to numb the surrounding area, and told me that it may hurt a little like a pinch. However, I did not feel a thing! In fact I didn’t even realise Dr Rogers had begun, he was so gentle and light handed I was shocked and of course extremely pleased!
With the first part out of the way and the surrounding area completely numb, Dr Rogers told me that he would now begin to remove the strip of skin. At this stage I could honestly not believe how it was possible that I could not feel my skin being cut away. Throughout the procedure I was not once in pain and Dr Rogers continually made sure that I was ok and checked that I was in no kind of pain.
Better still Dr Rogers talked to me throughout the procedure and joined in with conversations between the nurses and myself. This really made me feel at ease and at times I nearly forgot that I was having a hair transplant. With my strip of skin removed and the nurses now taking each hair follicle from the skin, Dr Rogers began to stitch my skin back together. Even now I could not feel a thing and before I knew it Dr Rogers had finished.
Whilst the nurses continued to separate the hair follicles Dr Rogers offered me some water and asked if I had any food to eat to help boost my sugar levels. Once I had eaten a snack and topped myself up with water Dr Rogers made sure that I was comfortable before the procedure continued. He then explained that he would be administering some local anesthetic to the surrounding area for the hair follicles to be placed. With the area numbed and having been told what was to happen next Dr Rogers began to make tiny pin pricks into my skin for the hair follicles to be placed in by his nurses. I cannot stress enough how I did not feel a thing and it was over with so quickly, he was a magician with his hands! It was now time for the final part of the procedure; the nurses began to delicately place my hair follicles in one by one.
With the procedure now finished and my new hairline complete, I was given plenty of time to slowly sit myself up. Dr Rogers then offered me some water and food to help boost my sugar levels. Now that I had my bearings back, Dr Rogers walked me into a quiet room and showed me to a mirror. He then said that he would leave me for a few minutes to look at the hairline. After a few minutes had passed he knocked on the door and asked if I was happy with the outcome, to which I found myself near on speechless! I told him how happy I was with it and continually thanked him for doing such an amazing job.
He then asked me to take a seat and began to explain in detail how to care for my new hair each day and gave me a detailed plan on paper. He then gave me a spray that he explained would help to clean any blood away from the surrounding area. After making sure that I was completely happy with the outcome and asking if I had any questions Dr Rogers shook my hand and wished me the best of luck with my new hairline.