We have seen a number of amazing advancements in hair loss treatments in recent years but if it’s hair transplantation that you’re specifically interested in, you may be wondering which technique is bested suited to you.
The best way to decide which technique is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a hair transplant surgeon but it always helps to have some initial information before you meet with a professional.
A Look at Your Hair Transplant Options
Before hair transplantation treatments were as advanced as they are today, hair plugs were the go-to option for countless men.
This procedure involved removing a strip of skin that contained hair follicles from the back of the scalp, cutting the skin into small “plugs” and implanting these plugs in the areas where the hair was thinning. Unfortunately, this method had a tendency to create a doll-like effect because the implanted hair occurred in larger clumps.
Fortunately, today’s methods offer a much more natural look.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Also known as Follicular Unit Grafting, the FUT method involves the removal of a strip of hair from the back of the scalp. Hair follicles are then harvested from this strip and are dissected into individual grafts, with each graft containing up to 4 hairs. The grafts are then implanted into the relevant sections of the scalp and the incision at the back of the head is closed up with stitches and staples. Even though the FUT method offers natural results, it does leave a scar at the back of the head and the recovery tends to be quite painful.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
One of the best Australian hair replacement surgeons, Dr Paul Spano, uses the FUE method most often. During an FUE procedure, the hair follicles are extracted individually instead of from a strip of skin, which means no incisions or staples are required.
The extracted hair follicles will be dissected into sections and implanted where necessary. Again, each section can have up to 4 hairs.
Regardless of the method that is used, great care needs to be taken to ensure that a minimal amount of hair follicles are harmed during the extraction and implantation process – this is referred to as hair transection. By keeping as many of the hair follicles in place as possible, there is a much higher chance of healthy hair growth after the procedure.
Why the FUE Method is the Preferred Choice
- Since no strip harvesting of the donor hair follicles is required, an FUE procedure is much less invasive
- When the procedure is performed correctly, the FUE punch that is used to harvest the hair follicles will leave minimal to no scarring at the back of the scalp
- The recovery process is not only quicker but less painful too
- The FUE method makes the most of the healthy donor follicles
Whichever method you decide on, just be sure to select a qualified and experienced surgeon for your procedure.