EOGRAFT VS. STRIP METHOD: WHICH HAIR TRANSPLANT METHOD IS BETTER?
You’ve decided a hair transplant is what you need to feel more confident or to restore what you’ve lost over time. Now that you’ve made your decision, there’s another one on the horizon – choosing the best method for your hair transplant. There are two common methods for hair transplants: the traditional strip harvesting technique and the newer NeoGraft® technique. But how do you choose the best method for your hair? Dr. Tim R. Love recommends the strip transplant method to his patients for many reasons. Here are a few:
Strip method: The traditional strip harvesting technique, known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involves removing the follicular units from the donor area as one group. The strip method allows the follicular units to be extracted intact, in their genetic form. Each follicular unit contains 1 to 4 hairs (the average is 2.2 hairs per follicular unit). The strip method requires expert surgical skill so the patient will achieve the best result while causing the least trauma to the donor site. It also allows healthy hair to harvest faster.
NeoGraft® method: The newer NeoGraft® method automates the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure. The NeoGraft® method takes the hair out from the donor area with a cookie-cutter looking punch knife that has a diameter of approximately 1mm. This tool is inserted around one hair or a group of hairs known as a follicular unit. The tool makes a short, quick, rotational spin on the scalp to extract the hair follicle. This is done blindly, since the surgeon cannot see the root of the hair while inserting the tool into the scalp.
Proven vs. New and Trendy
Strip method: The strip method has a proven track record of success and provides natural looking permanent results.
NeoGraft® method: The NeoGraft® method is the new kid on the block and includes increased surgical time, lower precision, and a higher cost to the patient.
Strip method: On average, the strip method cost $3 per graft.
NeoGraft® method: On average, cost is $4-6 per graft. This may not seem like a significant increase, but the average patient needs 1,500 grafts. The difference will add up quickly.
Strip method: Since the hair strip is taken out in a surgical suite with a well-positioned and visible surgical field and magnification, the strip method creates quality grafts with best viability. This allows the surgeon to precisely remove the needed follicles intact, which avoids trauma and the likelihood of cutting across and destroying hair follicles.
NeoGraft® method: Graft quality is not as good compared to the strip method because the surgeon assumes that the direction of the punch knife and the hair shaft are the same and the knife will not cut the hair across and damage it. The hair’s roots may change direction slightly as they are buried in the skin so the chance of cutting across the roots while taking them out is increased.