Which hair transplant method should I prefer?
Hair transplant techniques have taken a
substantial leap. The advanced methods of hair restoration grow natural hair in
a natural way. These grafted hairs are taken from the patient's own scalp only.
There is no mismatch of color or the genetic structure of the hair. In the
past, transplantation had involved weaving artificial hair made of fiber into
the scalp. The look was not-so-natural, and the feel wasn't good either. The
hair was synthetic and did not grow. There had been a lot of advancement since
that. Nowadays, the two most widely popular techniques are FUE and FUT
surgeries. Both have their pros and cons.
The FUT Hair Transplant is a more
traditional surgical hair transplant technique, which is still infrequent use.
It involves cutting off a strip from the back or sides of the scalp. During
this procedure, follicular units are dissected from a piece of tissue and then
implanted in the recipient area. It is called follicular unit transplantation.
This type of hair transplant is relatively invasive and involves stitching. It
may be painful, and it does leave a scar in the donor area. Nevertheless, FUT
is a reasonably successful procedure.
In the (FUE) or follicular
unit extraction instead of a complete unit, follicles are directly taken out by
the method of punching. Punching involves making very tiny micro incisions to
extract follicular units. Similar punches or small holes are made in the
recipient area and the derived units are carefully placed there.
Now it is natural for patients to be in doubt
whether or not to go for a hair restoration procedure, where the consult and
which method to opt for. As for the latter part, both the methods discussed
above are excellent, it is just a matter of what suits you better. Let us look
at the pros and cons to help understand the difference.
1. Since scalpels are used in the FUT process,
it does include the risk of complications like nerve damage or infection. The
FUE, on the other hand, does not involve any such risk of complication.
2. Grafts can be taken from any part of the body
for FUE. But body hair cannot be used in the FUT. So, if the patient does not
have a suitable donor area on the scalp, it rules out follicular unit
transplantation for him out of her.
3. The scalpel method leaves a thin scar in
the donor area since the skin is stitched up there, although it covers up when
hair grows in length. There is a pain in the donor area too. In the unit
extraction procedure, there is no scar formed and no pain because there are no
wounds where follicles are harvested from.
4. In FUE Hair Transplant , hair Transplant surgeons can harvest thousands of
follicles in one session. There FUT is limited in the way of not providing as
many grafts as FUE can. So, more success can be easily achieved in one sitting
by using a single unit implantation.
Undoubtedly, FUE is less invasive, less
painful, and gives denser hair growth. It can be applied in cases where there
is no apparent baldness but just thinning of hair.