FUE or Strip Excision, which procedure is right for you?
Both the FUE and the Strip Excision procedures have advantages and disadvantages, which have often been debated on our hair restoration discussion forum.
The strip excision procedure is more economical (typically half the price per graft of FUE) and also enables a patient to move much larger numbers of grafts/hairs to the balding areas during a single surgical session. However, the donor area after a strip excision surgery will require more time before it is fully healed when compared to the FUE surgery.
In addition, the FUE procedure, given its minimally invasive nature, does not produce one long linear scar but rather hundreds of tiny scars in the donor area that are often hard to detect. This has fueled interest in the FUE procedure with patients who are highly concerned about potential visible scarring in the donor area.
However, given recent advances and care in donor closure techniques used during strip excision surgery, such as the trichophytic closure technique, the linear donor scar created by the strip excision procedure is now often almost undetectable, even upon close examination.