Today there are two hair transplants that represent a solution to alopecia; we are talking about the FUE technique and the FUSS method.
And although both are applied with the same objective, these procedures safeguard some differences that deserve a post. That is why in this article we are going to explain to you what the main differences are and what advantages they bring.
Of course, we are also going to talk about their main drawbacks. Ready? Here we go.
The FUSS technique
The FUSS technique (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery) is a hair grafting technique in which a scalpel is used to remove a unit of hair from the donor area. This is why this procedure is known as the “strip technique.
The cut that is made by this method is usually located in the occipital area of the skull and is closed through staples or stitches which are removed 12 or 15 after surgery.
Now, after the band of hair is obtained, it is divided into follicular units that will be grafted in the area to be populated.
How is this done? Well, through millimeter incisions in the area of the implant with each of the follicular units obtained.
Inconvenient of FUSS technique
One thing you should know about this type of hair implant is that “the strip removed” can range from 15 to 35 centimeters, depending on the amount of follicles to be grafted. As for its width, it usually ranges from 0.5 to 2 centimetres.
The disadvantage of the FUSS technique is the scar it leaves. And is that the strip made can be seen after the implant, especially in those who want to look short hair.
The FUE method
The FUE method (Follicular Unit Extraction), on the other hand, consists of grafting follicular units from the donor area to the area with alopecia. To be honest, we are talking about some of the most sophisticated capillary interventions today.
First, because it is performed with a micro-grafting procedure of the hair follicle and, second, because it does not leave scars as in the case of the FUSS technique.
This type of implant is perfect for people with alopecia in specific and controlled areas such as the famous entrances, for example.
In fact, those who suffer from total hair loss will not be able to opt for the FUE procedure, something that is possible with the “strip technique”.
Inconvenient of FUE method
Another difference between FUE and FUSS is that FUSS is performed faster (about 4 or 8 hours).
But…. the FUE technique is more precise because it does not leave “traces” and allows the removal of a larger number of capillaries (because there are more areas of hair available).
Indeed, we could say that time is the only drawback of the FUE technique, apart from the fact that it cannot be applied in people with advanced alopecia.
However, the most positive thing about this hair operation is that it does not require the use of scalpels or sutures, even scars heal in two days. This means that the results of the FUE method are more efficient in aesthetic terms.
Having said all this, we come to the conclusion that there is no better method, as each procedure responds to specific needs; FUSS is ideal for people with an advancing level of baldness, while FUE is not. If you need more information, you can contact us.