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Comparison table FUT/Strip and FUE IM

Compare different hair transplant methods.

Observation
FUT / Strip
FUE
FUE IM
Pain after procedure Minor to medium and beyond None None
Percent of time doctor operates on client 10-30% 60-70% 70-80%
Stitches required Yes No No
Extensive bleeding during or after procedure May occur No No
Wearing hairstyle short in donor area A linear scar will be visible Small diffuse scars may be noticeable Scarring not visible to naked eye
Natural results Possibly Yes Yes
Nerve damage, numbness, permanent pain Possibly No No
Healing time:
donor area
Months 7-10 days Approx.
5-7 days
Healing time:
recipient area
Approx. 14 days 10-14 days Approx.
7-10 days
Transection rate (grafts damaged during extraction) Varies. 10-60% 5-10% 0-2%
Time before exercise is possible 1-2 months 1 week 1 week
Time before client may return to work 1-4 weeks Possibly the day after Possibly the day after

Technical problems with FUT/Strip don’t fully help patients

• Technique depends on scalp elasticity, which limits the number of sessions in Strip or FUT
• Strip can have a huge transection rate if not performed properly
• Strip puts patient at high risk of infection, bleeding and other side effects
• Strip has a poor yield if not performed properly
• Poor FUT technique leads to a “doll hair” appearance
• Most often 4,000-5,000 grafts is the limit for strip technique

Benefits of FUE IM treatment

• Patient may be treated multiple times
• Transection rate is very low (usually 1-3%, seldom as high as 10%)
• Patient is not put at any risk
• Yield is very high when done properly
• Natural-looking results because of anatomically correct graft sizes
• Up to 8,000 grafts may be harvested without significant changes to the donor area