At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, Dr. Rose, who was one of the originators of the FUE technique, will perform every single extraction from your donor area to both minimize follicle damage and assure a high percentage of graft survival and growth at the same time assuring the best cosmetic appearance in the donor zone.
Follicular Unit Extraction
vs. SINGLE STRIP HARVESTING
Follicular Unit Extraction (Follicular Isolation Technique)
We previously presented a new method of obtaining follicles for transplantation which involves removing follicular units in a scattered array from the donor area by using a small, one-millimeter diameter circular instrument called a “punch”. The technique is called Follicular Unit Extraction, “FUE” or “FIT” and produces many tiny “dot” scars instead of the line scar that is produced by traditional strip removal. The main advantage of FUE is that you are able to wear your hair shorter in the donor area without evidence that a procedure has been done, as the dots are less visible than a line when wearing short haircuts.
FUE is a very slow, tedious procedure, and unfortunately, in some hair transplant clinics, this surgical procedure is delegated to non-licensed personnel, such as medical assistants. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, Dr. Rose, who was one of the originators of the technique, will perform every single extraction from your donor area to both minimize follicle damage and assure a high percentage of graft survival and growth at the same time assuring the best cosmetic appearance in the donor zone. Patients often ask about the difference between strip harvesting and the FUE/FIT technique.
The following information helps clarify these approaches.
Please note that we offer both techniques.
Single Strip Harvesting Technique
- Able to harvest a large number of grafts in a short time
- Negligible damage to grafts, therefore increased survivability
- Lower cost
- No need to shave head to harvest large numbers of grafts, donor area is completely covered by hair immediately after the procedure.
- Multiple sessions can often be performed using the same scar
- Results in a linear scar. With the “ledge closure” the scar may be extremely difficult to see and the patient can wear his hair quite short
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) / Follicular Isolation Technique (FUE/FIT)
- A line scar is not created
- The patient will be able to wear his hair shorter than with a strip harvest
- The donor area of the head must be completely shaved for the procedure
- Higher rate of damage to grafts and no survivability data currently available
- Thinning of the donor area if large numbers of grafts are obtained
- Scars that appear as tiny dots are visible if the hair is shaved
- More expensive
- Lower numbers of grafts can be obtained in one session so that multiple, consecutive, surgical days are required for large (>1500) graft requirements