Hair graft with FUSS technique

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A hair transplant by the FUSS method, a guaranteed success

The capillary graft with the FUSS technique or the strip is, together with the FUE method or individual extraction of follicles, one of the most demanded procedures in our days to solve the problem of alopecia in a patient.

The reason why there are many people who end up deciding on this technique, resides in the optimal results that it usually offers, so that those who submit to it, see their expectations fulfilled.

To continue the description of this surgical process of hair implant that is the FUSS method, it’s necessary to previously define a couple of concepts that will be mentioned repeatedly during the rest of this article and that refer to two perfectly delimited areas:

  • The donor area, which normally coincides with the lateral and occipital area of ​​the patient's head and which retains its capillary volume.
  • The receiving area, which is usually formed by the frontal area and the crown and which is characterized by being stripped of hair.

What is the capillary implant under the strip technique?

The importance of correct extraction of the strip

The realization of a hair graft by the FUSS method is based on obtaining a capillary strip from the donor area, and then implanting the follicular units that were in that band in the recipient area.

The capillary graft with the FUSS technique or the strip is one of the most demanded.

The capillary graft with the FUSS technique or the strip is one of the most demanded.

In most cases, the length of the extracted strip varies between 15 and 20 cm, while its width is 1 cm. However, these dimensions vary according to the state in which the donor area is located and according to the wishes of the patient.

When the necessary strip is already available for the practice of a capillary micrograft through the FUSS procedure, the next step will be to suture the incisions to be made in the donor area, although nowadays innovative systems are used and with sufficient precision so there are hardly any signs left.

Does the use of the FUSS procedure leave scars?

A sample of the modern techniques that we comment, is constituted by the Aesthetic Trichophytic Suture. In case of opting for it, the treatment of both the skin and the limits of the wound is so meticulous that the only noticeable mark after the surgery will be a thin line, practically invisible when the patient has short hair.

After extracting the required scalp band, classification of the follicular units and planning begins so that they can be grafted later. Usually, these units have more than one follicle: two, three or even four.

In summary, the FUSS is a technique that yields very good results, as long as the necessary care and precautions are given. In this way, the naturalness that the transplanted hair will present after the hair micrografting intervention is directly related to an adequate obtaining of the strip.

With the FUSS technique, in most cases, the length of the extracted strip varies between 15 and 20 cm, while its width is 1 cm.

What benefits are obtained with the use of the FUSS technique?

The fundamental benefits derived from the use of the strip procedure are the following:

  • The price of a capillary implant surgery with the FUSS method is significantly lower than the cost of undergoing such surgery by the FUE technique.
  • It has the option of being able to carry out through capillary mega sessions, in each of which more than 3,000 follicular units can be implanted. If the appropriate surgeon has been selected, in a single session of around 8 hours, it’s possible to transplant all the hair that requires severe cases of baldness.
  • A transplant of hair that is undertaken using the procedure of the strip, is the one that is considered appropriate in certain extreme situations where the problem of baldness is flagrant, like those level IV or higher on the Hamilton-Norwood scale.
  • The probability of survival of the follicular units implanted with this method surpasses that of other capillary techniques. The reason that justifies this affirmation is that, since its obtaining is done through strips, the follicular unit remains safer and, therefore, it can be conserved for a longer time.
    Hair graft FUSS technique is based on obtaining a capillary strip from the donor area.

    Hair graft FUSS technique is based on obtaining a capillary strip from the donor area.

What are the main disadvantages of this method?

On the opposite side, and as happens in any of the hair treatments that exist today, the FUSS technique has a series of disadvantages, such as the following:

  • Perhaps the most frequent reason that causes the reticence of certain patients in relation to the method of the strip is the scar that will result after the surgery of capillary graft. And is that, despite the growing sophistication of recent surgical work, the presence of the odd mark on the head, is inevitable.
  • The direct consequence of this inconvenience is that, unfortunately, the person could not wear excessively short hair, because, in this way, the scar would be visible.
  • In addition, as throughout the surgical process it’s essential to make incisions, after which a certain period of rest is required. In this sense, it’s advisable to intensify the care of one to three months after the capillary graft and suspend sports during that time.

Conclusion about the capillary graft technique of the strip

In short, and taking stock of both the positive aspects and the negative aspects inherent in a hair graft with FUSS technique, it can be stated with complete certainty that this is the ideal method of hair transplantation for certain patients.

For example, we have mentioned that it’s a much less expensive option, and this is probably its main benefit. Those people who have a restricted economic fund, should select this method of the strip.

It’s also a procedure to be carefully evaluated by patients whose baldness is very widespread.

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