SURGICAL HAIR TRANSPLANT
Hair transplant is the surgical transfer of hair follicles from one part of your body (donor site), to a bald or balding part of the body (recipient site). This procedure is mainly used as a permanent solution to male pattern baldness.
The procedure involves removing grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding (usually the back of the head) and transplanting them to the bald areas that have lost the hair due to issues like male pattern baldness. Hair transplantation can also be used restore hairs to eyebrows, eyelashes, beard hair, chest hair and areas where there were scars.
Which hair transplant method is best FUT or FUE?
There are two main methods of obtaining hair follicles for transplantation, FUE (Follicular unit extraction) and FUT (Follicular unit transplantation, also known as the strip procedure). With FUT, a strip of donor skin is removed to extract individual follicular units from the donor site. This strip contains the hair follicle and also oil glands, nerves, a small muscle, and sometimes fine vellus hairs. The patient’s hair is transplanted in naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 hairs (called follicular units). This method allows the doctor to transplant thousands of grafts in a single session.
The result of this method mimics the way hair naturally grows and is often undetectable as a hair transplant. FUT had been the most common method of hair transplantation until 2017, in which FUE has become the most common procedure. FUE in contrast does not take a strip of skin like FUT, instead, unit grafts, consisting of a small number of hair follicles, are individually removed from the donor area. The advantages of FUE is that is no linear scar like FUT. You are thus able to wear your hair short without any visible scars. The advantage of FUT is the ability to obtain a large number of grafts (FUT provides a higher yield of hair than FUE). FUT also costs less than FUE and the patient spends less time in surgery.
Is hair transplant surgery dangerous?
Hair transplant is safe, however, as with any surgery there are some risks associated with it. Some risks include infection, bleeding and scarring. Also not all hair transplants are created equal. Your results will be based on the skill of the doctor performing the procedure, so always check the doctors credentials and not just on costs.
Is hair transplant permanent?
Yes, whether you choose the FUT or FUE method of hair transplantation, both methods can obtain permanent results. However, over their lifetime some patients may require more than one procedure to maintain their desired overall look.
Which hair transplant method is best?
Both method are popular and give great results. In choosing between FUT and FUE, you should ask a few questions.
- Do you intend to wear your very short? If Yes, then the FUE method would be recommended because of the absence of a linear scar.
- Are you looking to transplant a lot of grafts in one session? If Yes, then the FUT method may be more advantages because the harvesting of grafts from a strip of skin will obtain more healthy grafts than harvesting them individually.
- Are you budget conscience? If Yes, the FUT is typically less expensive because the procedure takes less time to harvest the hair follicles.
Do you have a limited amount of donor hair? If yes,
Then the FUT method may be the better option. The survival of follicular units upon extraction from the scalp is one of the key variables of successful hair transplantation. Using the FUE method, more hair follicles do not survive the transplant due to the nature of the extraction. The FUE method requires a much larger donor area, so if your donor area is limited, then the FUT method is advisable.
How much is hair transplant surgery?
Hair transplant surgery will vary depending on many factors, the doctor performing the surgery, how many grafts are taken for the surgery, the type of method used. If you are looking for a quote, why not fill out the form below. At hairlossclinic.ca we can match you up with a certified surgeon based on your location and requirements.
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