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Posted 7/13/2009 5:04:22 PM


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Hey guys,

Wanted to see what your opinion was about strip and FUE procedures. I know strip came first, but after the possibility of the scar on a 2 or below guard, FUE picked up demand and has been pretty reliable. What are your experiences thoughts on this?

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Posted 7/13/2009 5:05:36 PM


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Fue has been practiced since the mid 90's and in the past 6 + years many doctors across the globe now practice the procedure.

There are those that say FUE leads to poor yield/less growth than FUE. It's a tricky procedure and if the doctor does not master it correctly this is possible. But the truth is the negative remarks on FUE  by proud strip patients and their clinics stem from the the strip doctors unwillingness to learn and adapt to this better procedure. They want potential patients to believe that they would be better off with strip, even calling it 'the gold standard.'

The gold standard is quite a harsh surgery however where a large flap of your scalp is cut off and trashed away. For me, it is still too reminiscient of the butchery of HT surgeries typical of the 70's and 80's and sometimes unfortunately even today.

In the medical field, when surgeons develop a new type of surgery that is minimally invasive they will always make this the gold standard and abandon the older surgery, as long as the results are equal. If the new method means much more work, the medical field still favors it because performing a minimally invasive surgery is in the best interest of the patients.

Strip doctors still do strip because it is in the best interest of the strip doctor and not the patients. Strip is easy, quick and they have been performing it for 15 years or more. Their business is a success and they feel no need to change it.

When done correctly, FUE is the way to go by far.

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Posted 7/13/2009 5:10:48 PM


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I have had both, 1 strip and 1 Fue procedure and I can tell you that the recovery time with Fue is much faster. The njight after the procedure, the next day after, you feel pretty good after FUE, after strip I had felt like I was in a car wreck.

I was back in the gym a few weeks after my FUE procedure.

I had to wait 4 months after my strip procedure.

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Posted 7/13/2009 7:29:37 PM
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strip is faster growth in my experience but ive only had one strip or one fue. eventually they will both yield about the same results if you are patient. strip was killer because of the time you cant workout and also because of the scar. I still have one small area of scar that I would like to get fixed. Fue is much less pain and heals very fast. I think the only possible advantage to strip is price and possibly will grow slightly faster. I would go with fue if i had a virgin scalp. For myself if i ever get more it will be FUE.

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Posted 7/13/2009 11:02:38 PM


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Hey guys,

I personally found the fact that there was no scar with FUE very appealing.  It pretty much sealed the deal.  Plus I could not find any evidence that the results were any different.  I'm very happy with the back of my head and I'm glad I chose FUE.

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Posted 7/14/2009 12:18:17 PM


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I think the biggest difference between FUE and Strip is not having that damn strip scar. Pats posted photos of his in another thread and it was very long. No way you can wear your hair short after FUSS.
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Posted 7/17/2009 11:13:05 AM


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Are you guys waiting for the "Next Big Thing" in the hair transplant industry? it's already here. Its FUE.
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Posted 7/18/2009 3:19:51 PM


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Fue vs strip is a no brainer. I would never ever consider doing strip again knowing that FUE is available.

It's been three years since I had my HT and I still "GOT MY SWAGGER"
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Posted 7/19/2009 3:03:09 AM


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You can't put a price on the freedom of being able to cut your hair short and not worrying that someone might "notice" something... Only a few of my friends know that I have had anything done and the ones who don't don't notice, and I keep my hair pretty short....

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Posted 7/19/2009 9:09:43 AM


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Posted 7/19/2009 2:21:10 PM


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Fue vs strip is a no brainer. I would never ever consider doing strip again knowing that FUE is available.

+1 on that - I wish FUE was the same price it is now when I had my strip surgery to be honest.

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Posted 8/9/2009 7:16:43 PM


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After undergoing both a strip and a FUE procedure myself, without hesitation can I say that the FUE is superior. Compared to my strip procedure, the results from my FUE are uncomparable.  Not to mention, I underwent a large session with 4000 FUE's. I look forward to having more procedures with the Armani clinic.

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Posted 4/1/2010 1:50:25 PM


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What strip clinics do not want you to see. BEST case scenario is you will get a scar like pats. In alot of cases you get a scar like below.

Even with the best strip doctors a yo urun the risk of your scar stretching, or shockloss around the scar.

I was told from a strip doctor that I could not workout for a ful year after my priocedure to be 100% sure my scra wouldn't stretch!! Even then he said a patients charecteristics of my skin still comes into play

Strip scars doctors don't tell you about but are quite normal:

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Posted 4/1/2010 1:56:32 PM


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PROBLEM DONOR SCARS

According to Dr. Stough, one out of every fifth strip excision patients will have problems with his donor scar... hypertrophic scarring, keloid, etc, even when the surgery was performed perfectly. A problem donor scar can result because of the patient's own healing tendencies. If the average hair transplant surgeon does 2 patients per day, that means that once every month, he will have 10 patients with a problem donor scar, even when the surgeon did everything right.

In my opinion, it is much more common for a problem donor scar to be a result of human error on the surgeon's part. That means that the odds of having a problem donor scar are higher than one-in-fifty...

Patients are almost never told that there is even a risk of a problem with the donor scar, when they are being sold on the surgery in the first place. Clinics typically advertise a "pencil-thin" scar, even though they know that they routinely cannot fulfill this promise. Does your clinic advertise that your donor scar will be "pencil thin"?

Below is an example of a Strip Excision donor scar that healed badly or stretched. This can be a result of surgeon' error, or (less frequently) poor healing tendencies of the patient.

    A few examples of surgeon error would be
     
  • creating too much tension on the donor area sutures (removing too much tissue, or not managing the post-operative swelling in the patient's donor area),
  • poor suturing techniques or materials (for example taking too big of 'bites' with each stitch),
  • donor strip removed from too high or too low on the head (there is a an optimum 'sweet spot' for the donor tissue to be removed from)

So even if the patient is a "perfect healer", there are several mistakes that a doctor can make, which will cause a bad donor scar.

The photo actually shows surrounding hairs growing in upward and downward directions. Sometimes a stip scar heals and contracts due to the patients healing ability, other times because of bad strip surgeons. Also attached is a photo showing a good scar from strip harvesting.

The initial incisions to harvest a strip usually destroy about 15% or more of the surrounding follicles. The photo below shows a bad scar on the donor from strip (FUT) harvesting. The hair angles normally sweep to one side or the other after the average strip of 1 cm is taken. These skewed hair angles can be caused from suture tension on the tissue.



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Posted 4/2/2010 1:55:19 PM


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It was because of photos like the ones above that I decided against getting a HT 3 years ago.. It wasn't until I started seeing consistent, dramatic results from Armani with FUE that I finally decided to move forward with a procedure. I couldn't have lived with a scar like that on the back of my head, I keep my hair way too short and it would have been obvious.

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