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Is Follicular Unit Excision Appropriate on a Norwood 5 Hair Loss Patient?

3/12/2018 3:31:11 PM


Is an FUE (follicular unit excision) hair transplant procedure completely inadvisable for a Norwood 5 patient such as myself?  I would probably need about 3000 follicular unit grafts to make a serious dent in my baldness.  So I was just wondering if I should accept my fate and embrace the FUSS (follicular unit strip surgery) method or get FUE and end up with many tiny scars that overall look worse than the linear scar.  What do you think?


Every patient is different. Truthfully, some hair restoration surgeons will advice FUSS (follicular unit strip surgery) while others will advise FUE (follicular unit excision - formerly follicular unit extraction). That said, FUSS has been consistent in growth much longer than FUE however, FUE has come a long way and some hair transplant surgeons have really taken FUE to the next level. But to be honest, it would be best for you to try consulting with some top hair restoration surgeons to see what they say about your specific case.

As for scarring, don't assume that one type of scarring will be better or worse than the other.  Both do leave some kind of scarring, but in optimal cases, scarring is minimal and won't be visible even if you wear your hair fairly short on the sides and back.

Bill - Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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