In the United States alone, approximately 35 million men are experiencing hair loss or baldness problems right now. And hair loss has major implications on self-esteem and self-worth. If your thinning hair or baldness is negatively affecting you and your day to day life, then it’s time to take action. Fortunately, there are ways to address hair loss.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) have transformed hair replacement surgery for the better, and both are promising options for many men suffering from hair loss.
Understanding FUE Hair Transplant Surgery
FUE hair restoration is a minimally invasive method used to harvest and transplant hair from one area of the body to another. Each follicular unit is extracted directly from the patient’s donor area (usually on the back of his head) one by one, using tiny circular punches instead of a traditional scalpel. The resulting hole is so small that there is no need for suturing, and the scar is almost unnoticeable without a magnifying glass.
There is also minimal post-operative discomfort and a relatively fast healing time. A FUE hair transplant has a natural look and the donor area on the back of the head looks unchanged as well. The cost varies based on each individual, but it is considered to be one of the more expensive surgery options available today.
Understanding FUSS Hair Replacement
Another hair replacement option is known as FUSS, follicular unit strip surgery. This requires a whole strip of skin to be removed from the back of your head, and that hair is used in the restoration procedure. This is a hair replacement surgery that can cost considerably less than FUE, but it can also cause more pain and discomfort during the healing process. FUSS is the older, tried and true method, so many men want to stick with what has worked for so many in the past. However, FUE is a more modern option, and one that has become the go-to choice among hair restoration experts.
As with any surgical procedure — even minimally invasive hair replacement treatments — you want to select an experienced hair restoration surgeon. In addition, make sure you perform your due diligence when researching the hair transplant surgery itself. There are advantages and disadvantages to both FUE and FUSS hair transplant options, so it is important to have a good understanding of both techniques so you and your doctor can decide which is best for you.
As with any medical treatment, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about any specific questions you may have. You should never sign up for a surgery without a thorough understanding of the potential risks and likely benefits.