Hair loss can happen for any number of reasons and it affects a wide variety of people from all walks of life. Losing your hair is often a distressing and stressful experience, but luckily these days there are many types of hair loss treatments available on the market. One of the most popular and well-known of these is to have a hair transplant.
A hair transplant involves taking hair from one part of the scalp and moving it to the area where the hair loss is occurring. There are two main types of hair transplant techniques commonly performed nowadays – FUT and FUE –both of which achieve the same result but through two quite different means.
So, if you’re thinking of having a hair transplant, here is everything you need to know about the two procedures.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
FUT, or follicular unit transplantation, is also known as the ‘strip method’. The patient is put under anesthesia and then the doctor cuts a strip of skin from the back or side of their head and extracts individual hair follicles from it. These are then carefully inserted into tiny holes on the balding part of the scalp. This procedure is now considered to be slightly outdated in comparison to FUE, and can result in some scarring, but it is a better technique for patients who need a lot of hair transplanted because more follicles can be grafted this way. It’s also usually a shorter – and cheaper – surgery.
Follicular Unit Extraction
FUE stands for follicular unit extraction and is the more modern of the two hair transplant techniques discussed here. A FUE transplant involves extracting groups of one to four hairs, usually from the side or back of the head, and then transplanting these to the area of the scalp where the patient is balding. It leaves little to no scarring and the surgeon will attempt to mirror the natural pattern of the patient’s hair as much as possible. On average, recovery is quicker than for FUT, taking less than a week. Many people also believe that the end result is of a higher quality and looks more natural.
Which type of transplant should I go for?
The style of hair transplant that is right for you will depend on many different factors. These include the type of hair you have, how much hair you have lost, and in what way, and the reason for your hair loss, among others. For example, FUE requires healthy hair growth on at least some parts of the scalp to serve as a donor area.
The best thing to do if you are considering having a hair transplant – whether it’s FUT or FUE – is to book a no-obligation consultation with a specialist clinic and get their opinion and advice before you make a decision. Be sure to research any possible side effects, too, and always go with a licensed and certified surgeon. Good clinics will have websites with reviews and other information you can check out to help you choose.