Hair Transplant is the only permanent method of hair restoration in which one’s own hair from the back and sides of the head are extracted and implanted on front in the bald area.
Nowadays,Hair Transplant is being done by Follicular unit technique which involves two ways of hair extraction – STRIP method and FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION ( FUE).
In the STRIP method,a strip of skin from the back of head (donor area) is removed with the help of scalpel. The gap at the back of head is then sutured together.The strip is then divided into grafts containing one ,two or three follicles.
FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction: A stitchless method of hair restoration in which hair root (follicles) are extracted from the back of head under local anaesthesia with the help of special micropunches and implanted in the bald area. In this procedure, no scalpel is required which is used for cutting skin in the ‘strip’ surgery. The entire procedure is done by the surgeons and not by technicians.
Individual sittings of FUE can be planned according to the time available. They can be done even on consecutive days or few days or a week apart whereas in the strip , you have to wait for 6-12 months.
In STRIP method, sutures are put at the back of head, so special precautions like sleeping in a particular position, refraining from exercise, avoiding strenuous work etc. are required till the stitches are out.
In FUE, the patient walks out of the clinic ,rests for a while and is free to follow daily routine from next day. Even the bandage at the back of head is out the next day. As there are no sutures there is minimal pain post operatively.
Yes, the number of follicles extracted in STRIP method is definitely more in one sitting as compared to one sitting of FUE .But even one sitting of strip is usually not sufficient for most of the cases which means multiple sittings and multiple scars. FUE is virtually free of scars (As they are only Microscopic) and patient can undergo multiple sittings without much discomfort.
Scarring is definitely more in STRIP method and sometimes numbness and abnormal sensation persists at the back of head.
It is lifetime as the donor area is the permanent zone. At Prem Cosmetic Surgery in Kolkata, you are always under the expert eye from the initial consultation to the last check up in our clinic. With a record of more than 2,000 hair transplant surgery in last ten years, we enjoy an excellent reputation in the industry.