Differences Between Strip Harvesting and FUE Miami
Follicular unit excision/extraction (FUE) in Miami is now the leading hair transplant technique requested by men and women. There are good reasons for the high demand, and the procedure is often referred to as “scarless,” though that’s not entirely accurate. The traditional “strip method” is still in use today, and there are some instances where it’s well-suited to a patient’s needs. When comparing both options, many people are curious about the potential for scarring either technique has. Here, we’ll discuss the primary differences between FUT and FUE in Miami, including scar visibility.
Why does hair transplant surgery cause scarring at all?
During the follicular unit transplant ( FUT) method for transplantation, a strip of the scalp must be excised from the back of the head, then dissected into individual grafts, ready for transplant. This is an effective way to create a high number of grafts from a relatively small scalp area, especially if the patient has widespread thinning or severe crown baldness.
However, the strip method, as FUT is known, unavoidably leaves a long scar. Once the incision heals, which takes roughly two weeks, the process of scar maturation continues throughout the year. Unless new follicles are implanted into the scar, that break in natural hair density will always be visible. Possible solutions include wearing the hair long or following up with FUE.
FUE in Miami implants hair grafts much the same way, but the harvesting is different. Using a digital or robot-assisted follicular unit extraction device, micro- units containing 1-4 hairs are punched out of the donor area individually. The holes created are shallow and small, measuring just 1mm in diameter or less. They close quickly and are easy to hide within a short time. No stitches are needed, and the scars become tiny white dots. If they are placed in an appropriately randomized manner, they won’t be visible to most people, even when patients wear their hair short.