Brian Vassar Heil, MD, FACS

Pittsburgh, PA (412) 835-5550

Wexford, PA (724) 933-1800

Hair Transplant Pittsburgh

FUE Hair Transplant vs. Strip Method

When it comes to getting a hair transplant, Pittsburgh patients have different options. Most often, the “strip” technique, or FUT (follicular unit transplantation), is performed. Out of the two, the FUE (follicular unit extraction) method is safer and more effective. This process is not only minimally invasive, but also offers patients the most advanced technology in hair restoration available today. Premier Plastic Surgery can address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the procedure and they’re just a phone call away.

Hair Resotration In Pittsburgh - NeograftThe “strip” method involves a surgical technique that removes a section of the scalp towards the back of the head. This incision is then closed with stitches or staples, and the removed section of scalp is divided into separate grafts. Using a variety of tools, the surgeon will form a new hairline and fill out the rest of the patient’s hair with the grafts.

The FUE system, on the other hand, is a safe and much simpler procedure. No incision is required because the individual follicles are carefully taken from the area one by one by way of a special tool. The grafts are then implanted in much the same manner as the “strip” technique. Since the FUE method is minimally invasive, the chance of complications resulting from the procedure are slim. The patient requires only local anesthetic, instead of full sedation.

Additionally, the FUE method affords minimal discomfort and little downtime to the patient. The end result is a more natural looking head of hair than that of the “strip” method patient, without any unsightly scarring.

While the FUE system is the most advantageous option for the patient, most doctors do not provide this opportunity because it is a manual process, which is very time consuming and costly. A doctor also must be specially trained in this procedure and many medical professionals simply do not want to invest the time in learning a new method.

However, there have been recent medical advancements for those interested in a hair transplant: patients can now take advantage of the NeoGraft Automated FUE and Implantation System. This method eliminates the tediousness of manual FUE, in addition to reducing the cost of the procedure. NeoGraft uses pneumatic pressure to remove follicles. This same technology is then used to accurately implant them where needed, providing the patient with a full head of natural hair.

With this medical advancement, patients can enjoy a minimally invasive alternative to the traditional “strip” method and doctors can appreciate the ease of the technique, in addition to better results for their patients.

The Premier Plastic surgery team has over 10 years of experience with hair restoration and has been named the NeoGraft Center for Excellence in Western Pennsylvania. If you are looking for a hair restoration procedure and are from Ohio or West Virginia Premier Plastic Surgery is “the” provider of hair restoration procedures in the area.

To learn more about this kind of hair transplant, call Premier Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation or fill out the above form.

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