Is FUE a good option for women?
It certainly is possible to perform FUE hair transplants for women. And from time to time we do them. 99% of our hair transplants for women are FUT.
In my opinion, FUT (strip) is a better choice for women. Most women choose FUT when presented with an unbiased view of both procedures. Shaving the back of the scalp is not something most women wish to do either at the time of a hair transplant - or ever in their lives.
Role of FUE different for men
FUE is a great option for many men as it gives the option to wear hair very short in the future if desired. Most women do not care about this as an option. FUT gives nicer grafts and allows the surgeon to more efficiently get more grafts.In summary. I am never apprehensive to do FUE to help a 20 yr old female patient. But I am apprehensive if she chooses this method without carefully considering FUT (strip method) or feels (as many incorrectly do) that FUE is somehow a better method than FUT.I advise all female patients considering hair transplant surgery to speak with surgeons who do both and can offer an unbiased view.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299