I need a hair transplant but don’t want any pain. I am told that the strip surgery is more painful than the FUE. Can a women have an FUE?
Many women have had FUE done very successfully.Some people are better candidates than others regardless of gender. The FUE has little pain associated with it by the next day. For a large session, the FUE requires a large exposure to the donor area which means we need to shave some areas in the back and sides of the head.We try to do this in inconspicuous areas. This is accomplished by shaving the scalp in stripes so that shaved areas are covered with the hair from above. See our NewHair.com website on FUE. We have also done long hair FUE that does not require any shaving, however, we generally do not do this for more than 400 FUE grafts. Strip surgery can have more pain due to the area of the strip being excised but the majority of people find it very manageable with proper medication. Some people get by with over the counter medications and a few may need something stronger.
Any area of scalp that is used for a strip surgery requires an area 4 times larger for an FUE because only one out of 4 follicular units are removed at a surgery. A large shaved area is required for a procedure as large as 1000-2000 FUE grafts. If shaving your scalp is not a problem, then FUE is a good alternative choice.
I chose to have a strip surgery instead of FUE for my hair transplants. I did not find that the strip produced significant pain. Pain management has come along way and was very well managed.