Does follicular unit extraction (individual follicles are removed from the back of the head creating a tiny round punctate scar) and FUT (follicular unit Transplant – where by a strip of hair is removed creating a line scar) produce better grafts? In your experience, what procedure out of these two causes the least amount of damage and would better serve the interest of the patient at the end of the procedure?
Both techniques should give you real follicular units, but often the FUE in many doctor’s hands do not give real follicular units because they are transplanted as they are taken out (complete follicular units, more than one follicular unit, or parts of a follicular unit). Strip harvesting is better in most people, simply because the strip is highly efficient and very controlled in most doctors’ hands to prevent damage. FUE grafts are not always of the same quality as strip follicular units. The reason for that depends upon the particular patient and the particular method used for the extraction. In many patients, the grafts are extracted and devoid of fat and supporting infrastructure (very skinny grafts), which makes them more vulnerable to the environment and more easily damaged when transplanted.