Why is Strip Harvesting in Hair Transplant Procedure Still Popular?

June 21st, 2006

Q: Why are strips used so much in a hair transplant when there is now Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

A: Strip harvesting is used in the majority of hair transplant procedures because it allows the surgeon the ability to perform hair transplant sessions using large numbers of grafts while minimizing injury to the patient’s hair follicles.

This is possible because once a strip is removed from the back of the scalp, the tissue can be placed under a stereomicroscope where dissection is accomplished using direct visualization of the follicular units. This allows the grafts to be dissected with minimal trauma.

This degree of accuracy is not possible with other hair restoration techniques, such as FUE, where the separation of follicular unit grafts from the surrounding tissue is accomplished “in vivo” (directly from the scalp).

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on June 21st, 2006 at 10:57 am



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