FUT Strip Hair Transplant Means 45% More Hair!

Sante’s main objective is an extraordinary hair transplant. We realize that there are patients who will not consider a transplant if it involves a linear scar. That is precisely why we offer both types of procedures at our clinic. We want our patients to be happy and we would not offer the ARTAS if we didn’t believe that it is extremely advantageous for many patients. At the same time, our FUT Strip Method is undoubtedly the best option for others and we believe our special harvesting technique results in a scar that is not noticeable. We want our patients to know all the facts before they decide which procedure is best for them.

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A Little Math illustrates that FUT has more ‘Hair Potential’

If you look at the science behind both procedures it is clear that there is more ‘hair potential’ with the Strip method.

Typical Case

Artas 1,500 Grafts at 1.75 hairs per Graft 2,625 hairs per surgery
Strip Method/Max Growth 25 sq. cm. tissue at 200 hairs per 1 sq cm. 5,000 hairs per surgery

That is a huge difference! But consider this. More than 50% of open donor surgeries get 30 sq. cm. We will even factor in that some ARTAS cases might achieve a maximum of 2000 grafts. Let’s look at the numbers:

Large Case

Artas 2,000 Grafts at 1.75 hairs per Graft 3,500 hairs per surgery
Strip Method/Max Growth 30 sq. cm. tissue at 200 hairs per 1 sq cm. 6,000 hairs per surgery

There is one more important factor to consider.

Potential Surgeries in a Lifetime

ARTAS Strip Method/Max Growth
2-3 surgeries 4-6 surgeries
3 x 3,500 = 10,500 hairs 5 x 6,000 = 30,000 hairs

You may have many questions right now:

Why is harvesting limited with the ARTAS but not with the FUT Strip Method?

Why can you have more FUT Strip surgeries than ARTAS surgeries?

How Many “grafts” are harvested in a Strip/Max Growth Procedure?

How do you know which procedure is right for you?

Why is harvesting limited with the ARTAS but not with the Strip Method/Max Growth?

  1. OVERHARVESTING: It is not practical because the donor site can become over-harvested. In the diagram below, you can see that the ARTAS leaves small circular scars that affect the overall condition of the donor area beneath the surface of the skin. It also leaves a ‘thinner’ donor area because hair is now missing! With the linear scar, tissue is removed, remaining tissue is closed and the donor tissue on each side of the scar is completely intact. The hair on each side of the linear scar is just as thick as it was before the surgery. In subsequent surgeries, the single scar is often times removed leaving only one linear scar every time. Picture 1
  2. BLOOD FLOW COMPROMISE: As more follicles are implanted there is an increased risk of vascular compromise (decreased blood flow to the area caused by injury to the scalp) and graft ‘popping’, all of which can lead to sub-optimum outcomes. The average ARTAS graft contains 1.75 hairs, which means that there are more grafts in an ARTAS procedure (but not more hairs). The Max Growth procedure includes a variation of graft sizes depending on the destination area (i.e. the frontal hairline will have 1 hair grafts to insure a natural result whereas the vertex has a mixture of graft sizes containing more hairs) This results in less grafts and less demand on blood flow. That is why ‘more hair’ is achieved with Max Growth. It is important to note that grafts are never too large to the point of looking ‘pluggy’. All results are perfectly balanced and natural.

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Why can you have more Max Growth surgeries than ARTAS surgeries?

Again, the number of surgeries is based on the overall health of the donor area. As you saw in the previous explanation, each ARTAS procedure compromises the health of the donor area substantially more than the Max Growth procedure. You can only thin out the donor area so much without it looking unnaturally thin. Plus, underlying scar tissue beneath the surface of the skin affects the health of the other follicles. A linear scar does minimal damage to the donor area when done right.

How Many “grafts” are harvested in a Max Growth Procedure?

You probably noted in the charts above that we refer to ‘number of grafts’ in the ARTAS procedure and we refer to ‘number of square centimeters’ in the Max Growth procedure. The ARTAS is a robotic technique that is programmed to harvest a single follicle at a time. Each follicle could contain 1-4 hairs depending on the patient. Some patients may have a high occurrence of 3 and 4 hair grafts but the typical patient has an average of only 1.75 hairs per graft.

Attempting to count the number of grafts in a Max Growth procedure would be misleading and meaningless because of the unique harvesting technique and strategy in this procedure. For example, a graft might contain just one follicle containing one hair. This type of graft is ideal for the frontal hairline or it can be used to fill in between larger grafts in the vertex area or the crown. Another graft might contain a 4 hair follicle and a 2 hair follicle. Keeping follicles together improves the natural appearance and lessens demand on the blood flow beneath the surface of the skin. It also doubles hair density. It’s also important to note that a Max Growth graft is never so large that it appears ‘pluggy’. It’s more accurate to scientifically calculate the number of hairs per square centimeter and patients will actually have a better idea of the number of hairs they will receive with the Max Growth method than with an ARTAS procedure.

How do I know which procedure is right for me?

Before you go any further, you must answer one important question to determine which option is right for you:

Would a linear scar be acceptable if:

  1. The scar could not be seen even with a very low haircut
  2. It resulted in more hair than you would ever get with an ARTAS procedure at any facility

You Have Never Noticed a Linear Scar of a Skilled Surgeon Because That Linear Scar Was Unnoticeable!

THE LINEAR SCAR: The techniques and results of a strip style surgery differ from facility to facility. Just as every surgeon is completely different so is his or her linear scar. The most memorable linear scars are those depicted in popular advertisements for FUE and the ARTAS. Unfortunately for those patients, a surgeon who lacked the skill and ability to achieve an unnoticeable suture line preformed their transplant. You’ve never taken note of a linear scar performed by a skilled surgeon because it was completely unnoticeable.

There are several different methods used when harvesting tissue for a hair transplant. Over the years, we have developed the most refined and effective linear harvest possible. If our results weren’t so astounding, we would not even consider continuing with both methods.

Why is the Max Growth So Beneficial?

There is a reason we call our procedure Max Growth. As you must realize by now, you will achieve a more dramatic result with the Max Growth procedure even when compared with our very own ARTAS transplant. Over the years, we have refined this open donor method and there are several factors that set our Max Growth procedure apart:

  1. Better harvesting and suture method
  2. A variation of unique graft sizes not used in mainstream strip surgeries
  3. Superior graft preparation (99% graft survival rate)
  4. Shorter surgery time meaning less time ‘out of the body’
  5. Artful graft placement

If You Need a Mega-Session then Max Growth is Right for You!

If you have a considerable amount of hair loss and you are not opposed to a linear scar, then it would be wise to consider the Max Growth hair transplant. If you know that hair loss runs in your family and you want to maximize your ability to have more procedures in the future, then Max Growth would be a good option. When you have a consultation with our doctor you will talk about your family history, the current condition of your hair loss and how you feel about a linear scar. You will also look at examples of linear scars. With all of this information we will help you decide which type of procedure is best for you.