Hair loss is never an easy thing for most people to come to terms with, but for most people hair loss seems like the end of the world. However, with t...
Hair loss is never an easy thing for most people to come to terms with, but for most people hair loss seems like the end of the world. However, with the advancements in modern medicine, things have started looking up, even for people with hair loss, because now there is the option of hair transplant. Your very own hair can be taken from one part of your head, or in certain cases other parts of your body, and then implanted into the area where there is hair loss or even complete balding.
When you meet your hair transplant doctor for the very first time, you will be subjected to a thorough examination, which will allow the doctor to gauge the actual extent of the hair loss. This examination will also allow them to check out the actual sizes of the donor and recipient areas. Looking at the size of the recipient area, they will be able to judge how many grafts will be required and they will also need to determine whether the donor area will be able to yield those many grafts.
Depending on the graft requirement, the doctor will be able to suggest to you an FUT or FUE method of hair transplant. For instance, if you need a larger number of grafts, an FUT could be a better choice, while for lesser grafts an FUE might be suggested. Before you decide to sign up for either one of the procedures, it is imperative that you understand the ins and outs of both procedures first.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT):
Also known as strip surgery, this procedure was the favourite choice for people who needed to get a larger recipient area covered. A small strip of tissue, along with hair, would be removed from the back of the head and from this strip, the required grafts would be harvested. While the harvested grafts would be implanted into the recipient area, the area from where the strip was removed would be sutured back neatly. FUT is a procedure of choice for the transplant surgeons where the hair loss is truly advanced, because by removing the strip, they gain better control over the grafts harvesting procedure and a large number of grafts can be recovered in a single sitting.
Because a strip of hair is being removed from your head, there is bound to be some pain, and when the healing process of the sutures begins, there is bound to be some discomfort. Even though you will be given anaesthesia or sedation for the process; once that wears off, it will become uncomfortable. There can also be some swelling or bleeding with FUT, but both are considered normal and should resolve in a few days. A linear scar will be visible where the strip had been removed, but in the hands of a talented and experienced surgeon, the visibility of the same should be minimal. Once the hair grows in, the scar should get hidden underneath it and most people are able to maintain short hairstyles as well.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):
This is a more modern method of hair transplant and is the perfect choice for when only a small recipient area needs to be covered. In this method, the hair follicles are extracted individually, via a micro punch method and then immediately implanted into the recipient area. Because the hair is removed in a random manner, there is minimal loss of density in the donor area, leading to little to no reason for anyone to know that you are undergoing a hair transplant. In addition, since there are no cuts and nicks involved the time for recovery is also much lesser; as a matter of fact, most people are able to return to work, the very next day. There could be a little swelling, redness, itching and tenderness in the areas where the procedure has been performed, but these should disappear within a few days.
Whether you look at FUT or FUE, there are a separate set of advantages and some of the main ones include:
- FUT will give you the highest graft yield
- When done by a thoroughly experienced doctor, the graft quality can be quite high in a FUT procedure
- Since the strip is removed from the middle of the permanent zone, the life of these grafts is much better
- With FUT, there is only linear scar, which can be quite discreet in experienced hands
- FUE will not leave you with a linear scar, but there will be several micro scars
- FUE has a faster healing time
- FUE allows people to return to their normal routine faster
- FUE can be done even when there is scalp laxity
So how do you choose which the right procedure for you?
Because you are not an expert in the matters of hair transplantation, it would be the best for you to head to a reputed hair transplant clinic. The first benefit of going to a renowned clinic is that you will have access to not only the best procedures and equipment, but also the services of the best doctors and assisting staff. When you go to a good doctor, you can get all your questions answered and also receive the most informed direction, allowing you to take the best call for yourself.
After a proper examination, the doctor will be able to explain to you, whether you are a good candidate for FUE or whether FUT would be the better choice for you. They will not only explain all the pros and cons, but also inform you about the cost factor.