Strip Method Versus NeoGraft – Two Methods of Harvesting Follicles
Two modern methods are currently used in doing transplants: The STRIP harvesting method and the FUE method using NeoGraft. With the Strip method, a section of scalp is excised and the scalp is sewn together. Next, the hair follicles or grafts including their bulbs are separated from each other into units of one to four hairs by the technicians and inserted into tiny slits in the balding area. The follicles with a single hair are placed in the front to define the hairline.
Using the FUE method with NeoGraft, the scalp is not excised. Small hair follicle units are removed directly from the donor area. In this hair restoration procedure, a 0.8 mm punch excision is used in the skin around the upper part of the follicular unit (hair follicles). The hair follicle is then extracted directly from the scalp and placed into tiny slits in the balding area similar to the STRIP method.
Before and After Photographs – Traditional STRIP Method
Before and After Photographs – NeoGraft Method
Photographs courtesy of Alan J. Bauman, M.D.