I have an appointment at Dr XXX’s office today, and I’m wondering why people always recommend FUE? His office tells me than FUE has a lower graft survival rate and leaves the back of the head looking thin. I think I’d rather have a tiny linear scar on the back than a less dense donor area? I’m a NW2 that’s thinning and I’d probably need 2000 grafts to bring back my density and restore the hairline.
That is not true. In good hands, survival of FUE is as good as the strip surgery. In our practice we do 50% FUE and 50% Strip surgery. This is because there are good solid reasons to do a strip surgery or FUE as follows (some tips):
Do a strip surgery if you had a previous strip surgery
- Many of the newer doctors only learned FUE and can’t perform a strip surgery so that they recommend what they know, the only surgery that they know how to do. There is a place for both.
If you are going to be very bald. A strip surgery for a large number of grafts will not produce a see-through donor area common when FUE is over-harvested.
FUE is good when the total short term needs is less than 3500 grafts total in a person with medium weight hair and an average donor density. Many men with class 3 balding can easily get a great FUE session with great survival of the grafts
FUE is good for men who will not be very bald and want to keep their hair very short in the back of their head.
- FUE has a very short recovery time and very little post-operative pain. Most young men don’t look at FUE as a surgery (which it is).
At our monthly open house events, former patients come in, some had FUE completely, some had Strip followed by FUE, and some had FUE followed by strip surgery. You can meet these patients and judge for yourself what is real and not real.