In terms of efficiency, strip hair transplant procedures are able to produce more grafts, faster and accurately for those needing much more hair grafts in a one day session. Those with advanced hair-loss should consider the strip method as an alternative to the FUE procedure.
The downside for some patients is that the FUT technique leaves a faint linear scar in the donor area. For most men or women this is not a problem, as their hair length is kept longer than 1 cm to disguise the faint line. However, if you were to cut your hair shorter than grade 4 for example which equates to 9mm in length, then you may be able to see the line of the scar.
During an FUT procedure a thin strip of tissue containing the hair follicles is extracted from the donor region at the back of the head. The scalp is then sutured together using an advanced method called the trichophytic closure. We were the first clinic in the UK to introduce the trichophytic closure in 2003, which surpasses all previous FUT techniques that were currently available. This technique enables the surgeon to successfully close the scalp up to a very fine line, allowing hairs to grow directly through the scar line. The follicles are then carefully dissected from the strip tissue, and implanted into the recipient area one by one. The surgeon will suture the donor area using dissolvable stitches which will fully absorb within 4 weeks, so that there is no need to come back in to the clinic and have them removed.
Although the rise of FUE has been well documented over the last 15 years due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the FUT technique is still in very high demand. It is the proven technique which can yield large amounts of transplantable hair quickly and accurately, making the FUT procedure the most efficient and economically priced hair transplant currently available.