Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) Hair Transplant

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) Hair Transplant is frequently referred to as the “strip” hair transplant procedure. FUSS is an older means of extracting donor hair, whereby a surgeon excises a linear strip of hair and tissue from the back of the scalp. This tissue is then dissected into individual follicular units, by surgical technicians, and then placed in thinning or balding recipient regions. Meanwhile, the wound is closed with the use of sutures.

The drawback to this procedure is that the patient is left with a long, linear scar across the donor area, preventing them from being able to sport a short hairstyle in the future, as hair must be kept longer in order to cover the scar. Of greater concern, however, is that the FUSS procedure greatly decreases the usable donor hair, affecting the patient’s capacity for future procedures to restore their hair to its full potential.

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery

  • Invasive
  • Higher complication rate
  • Leaves scar in back of head
  • Limits graft harvesting due to pulling of scalp in future procedures
  • Longer recover time
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