There are two primary surgical techniques used in performing hair transplantation: FUT (STRIP) and FUE.
- FUT technique: doctors remove a section of the scalp with a scalpel. The scalp is brought together with sutures or staples leaving a linear scar in the back of the scalp. The hair follicles or hair grafts are inserted into tiny slits placed by the surgeon in the balding area.
- Automated FUE: a minimal depth scoring punch device is used to loosen the follicle from the surrounding tissues. The small naturally occurring hair follicle units are then removed directly from the donor area. With the FUE procedure, a 0.8 or 1.0 mm punch minimal depth scoring excision is used in the skin around the upper part of the hair follicles. The hair follicle is then extracted directly from the scalp and manually placed into tiny slits in the balding area similar to the FUT method.