Strip FUT (or FU-strip) Dallas
During a follicular unit transplant, a linear strip of hair bearing tissue is extracted from the donor region located on the back or side of the patient’s scalp. This strip is then dissected into thousands of tiny follicular units of hair using stereo-microscopic dissection. This dissection method allows naturally occurring follicular units to be separated under the microscope without damage, ensuring their survival.
This method is also known as FUT, linear or strip harvesting. This method has been used to successfully transplant hairs for over 50 years and to this day, thousands of patients enjoy great results obtained from FUT procedure. However, when performed incorrectly, this method may leave a patient with unsightly scar, which explains the bad reputation strip donor harvesting endured in the last several years. Dr. Lam uses a combination of advanced techniques and technologies that allow for almost undetectable donor scars.
With proper technique and attention to details, visible scarring is typically a thing of the past. An advanced wound closing (suturing) technique called trichophytic closure is used to minimize donor scars.
“Dr. Lam’s first volume of his hair transplant book series discusses his methodology in depth from beginning to end, focusing mainly only the strip procedure, whereas the new Volume 4 discusses FUE techniques.”
As seen in the illustration taken from Dr. Lam’s textbook, Hair Transplant 360, Volume 1 (2nd Edition), the small removal of the bottom edge of skin will allow the hairs to grow through the incision to make in many cases the incision virtually undetectable.
This illustration taken from Dr. Lam’s textbook on hair transplant shows how a trichophytic closure can help make a donor incision virtually undetectable by allowing hairs to grow through the scar.
This photo shows how donor strip harvesting can result in an almost invisible incision when done by experienced hands. Of course, there can be a slight widening but typically this is invisible with hair worn at a normal length.
Although the trichophytic closure is an important dimension to favorable donor healing, there is so much more. It begins with preparing the donor tissue in order to achieve minimal disturbance to the hair structures and maximum hair yield. It includes regenerative medicine treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that promotes healing and minimizes scarring. Finally, during the recovery period, a nutrient-rich scar gel is used to further the healing for the best results possible.
Each method has its advantages and Dr. Lam is skilled in all donor harvesting methods of hair transplantation so that he can tailor the best option for you. When compared to the FUE method, the main advantage of the strip method is that it can typically move substantially more hair without significantly thinning the “safe donor area.” For example, a thin donor strip can yield 3,000 grafts in a single session but if the same number of grafts removed with FUE method, there is the risk is causing a moth-eaten appearance in the back. A so-called mega session allows for moving large number of grafts that allow to restore hair from the front to back, the entire top of the scalp in a single session. This larger session can only be achieved with both the skill of the surgeon and his team.
The FU-strip procedure offers an unparalleled number of hairs that can be moved in a single session while carefully preserving the donor hair. When someone has significant hair loss, especially from front to back, and does not wear his hair short, the FU-strip megasession may be ideal. After a consultation with Dr. Lam and his staff, you will have a better understanding of which procedure would be better suited for you.
Dr. Lam believes that without the aid of meticulous graft dissection from a very experienced team, there is no way to perform this procedure in a reasonable timeframe with quality grafts. Dr. Lam’s team with EminaKaramanovski Vance at the helm is very seasoned with over 20 plus years of experience so that such a large procedure can be performed in a day’s time. There are many factors that contribute to an overall good result andafter a consultation with Dr. Lam and discussing with you the merits and suitability of each method, he will help you select the best technique for you.