FUSS hair trasplant
Hair Transplant Surgery FUSS Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (hair transplant)
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) requires the cutting of a large strip of scalp skin from the patient’s donor area. The incision is then closed with stitches /staples and the grafts are harvested from this strip through stereoscopic dissection.
A complete history of the patient is taken with background checks on possible influences such as hereditary causes, stress or disease-related hair loss. This is made through a physical examination of the affected scalp area itself, with an additional assessment of the density of hair in the donor area, which includes the back and side of the head. An important part of the process is the understanding of the patient’s own expectations from the treatment, the amount of hair he or she wants restored and the addressing of the patient’s concerns regarding the procedure. The physical assessment having been completed, the patient is requested to have certain blood tests conducted before the actual surgical process can take place.
The actual hair restoration process begins with the freezing of the donor area, which is usually the back of the scalp. The process of freezing the donor area and then harvesting live hair tissue from that area takes 20 to 25 minutes. The entire process is conducted under local anesthetic and is so comfortable that the patient remains awake during the entire procedure, conversing with the surgeon, watching television or reading a magazine.
The rest of the procedure requires micro-surgical techniques to separate the harvested tissue into single follicles that can be easily transplanted into the desired areas. This process is performed by a highly skilled team using the latest in hair transplantation technology, ensuring that there is no loss of live tissue between the time of harvesting and transplantation.
It is ensured that the laying out of hair follicles is according to the predetermined hair and scalp lines, resulting in the growth of hair with the most natural look. The entire process, both during and after surgery, is made completely relaxing and comfortable for the patient who may watch TV, read magazines, have lunch or simply relax and enjoy the luxury of having a full head of hair again.
All it takes is a few hours of pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery observation. The hair transplant procedure is usually carried out in the morning and the patient discharged by the evening. Once discharged, patients can even drive home by themselves, with a bandage covering the front of the forehead for the first 24 hours. A minimum dose of pain medication for five days helps the patient cope with any discomfort. The patient is provided post-operative consultation and information about post-operative care and other details.
In the UK, about 15 million men are enduring some degree of hair loss, and by the age of 50, as many as 85% of men will have significantly thinning hair. That is why so many men are choosing hair replacement surgery to naturally regrow the hair they have lost over the years. There are two popular methods for transplanting hair: Follicular Unit Strip Surgery and Follicular Unit Extraction.
Follicular Unit Extraction or Strip for Hair Transplant, FUS vs FUE?
Process: A strip of tissue from a non-balding area is surgically removed and individually transplanted in incisions to the balding areas.
Advantages: This procedure is generally priced on a per graft basis, so the patient only pays for what he needs rather than a flat rate that could end up costing more.
Disadvantages: Some patients report more pain and discomfort with the FUSS procedure due to swelling where the strip of tissue was removed. FUSS also typically results in scars on the back of the head.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Process: In FUE hair transplant surgery, each follicular unit is removed directly from the scalp without a strip of tissue being removed.
Advantages: Hair follicles can be removed from anywhere, so a whole patch does not need to be taken from one area. This allows the donor area to retain fullness. Furthermore, there is no scarring and healing occurs much quicker. There is also very little discomfort compared to FUSS.
Disadvantages: FUE hair transplant surgery can be slightly more expensive than FUSS, but it does depend on each patient.
Follicular Unit Extraction is the preferred method for hair transplant and restoration. It is less invasive and has a lower complication rate than Follicular Unit Strip Surgery. A typical FUE procedure takes only eight hours to complete, and can be done in one sitting with a healing time of just a few days. FUE surgery allows you to grow your own hair naturally. By the age of 35, two-thirds of UK men experience some level of baldness, but with hair transplant surgery, they can prevent it from progressing. The procedure is simple, quick, and effective, and extremely safe.