View Full Version : A tale of 2 heads part 1—1500 strip by Dr. Lindsey McLean VA

Dr. Lindsey
12-06-2011, 08:19 AM
This fellow, and the other fellow described in “part 2”, are interesting in that they have the same problem—frontal hair loss, and chose to deal with it differently. Both heard exactly the same talk about the trade offs of FUE vs Strip in terms of scarring risk, success or consistency of results, time and effort, and cost. I’ve blogged on all of these before and in general I feel that if you’ll just keep your hair a half inch long or more, and that if you need or may need a lot of hair….strip is the way to go. However, if you are planning on very short hair, FUE is the better option no matter how good the scar turns out. Plus, FUE definitely stresses the hair root more during extraction than just careful dissection out of a strip. And I believe that inconsistently affects FUE results more than the fairly consistent results with strip.

Additionally these 2 guys have the added issue of being black. This alters things 2 ways. First, they are at higher risk of hypertrophic scarring than whites…which would tend to push things toward FUE. And second, their hair roots are really curved, making them harder to FUE out than straight haired individuals…which would tend to push things toward strip.

Shown are periop pics, 1 week suture removal pics, and app 2 month pics that the patient emailed me. He lives some distance away and per our last email, he said his scar was great. I have encouraged him to send lots of pics and call with any problems as there is a finite window of about 3 months to deal with scar problems.
Dr. Lindsey McLean VA