Surgical Hair Restoration: For those who have significant hair loss, hair transplantation is the only proven way to truly restore natural hair growth to areas that have baldness. If you’ve been hesitant to consider a surgical option, consider that recent advancements have made hair transplant surgery quite a bit easier on patients by reducing discomfort and downtime.
Doctors say that newer hair transplant procedures have a high patient satisfaction rate and also offer more natural-looking results. Patients additionally reported feeling that the cost was well worth the final outcome.
Here’s a breakdown of the differences between surgical hair transplant methods.
There are two types of hair transplant methods: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). The best option for you will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of your physician.
The FUT method of hair transplantation involves taking a strip of skin with hair follicles from the donor site, typically the back of your head where hair is naturally fuller and less prone to balding. From this skin, small groups of tissue containing hair follicles are separated and prepared for transplantation. While this is happening, tiny, individual holes are made in the recipient site where you are experiencing thinning or balding. The prepared grafts are then individually placed into the recipient site.
This method has been around for over two decades and was a revolutionary technique for restoring a natural-looking hairline when it was first developed and for many years after. But while it provided previously unachievable results, Doctors explain that this technique is not without its downsides. This type of surgery can take many hours, depending on the number of grafts placed, and there is no way to avoid the resulting horizontal scar across the back of the head. While healing, this incision will be prominent, and patients will need to take care of both the linear incision on the back of the head and the recipient sites during recovery.
The FUE technique of hair transplantation was developed as a means to achieve the same results as FUT while addressing the disadvantages. Like FUT, FUE involves harvesting hair follicles from a donor site at the back of the head and moving them to create a fuller, natural-looking hairline. Unlike FUT, this method doesn’t involve removing a strip of tissue from the back of the head but rather collecting individual hair follicles directly from the scalp and inserting them into small incisions made in the recipient site.
While the detailed FUE technique requires more time in surgery, this method eliminates the linear scar and advanced wound care needed with FUT. The FUE method also lessens downtime and lowers levels of post-procedure discomfort.
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BIO_FUE is a minimally invasive FUE technique that automates the process to reduce procedure time, lessen discomfort, increase the take rate of transplanted hair follicles, and minimize downtime compared with traditional FUE. Not only is there no linear scar, but Doctors also explain, results look more natural because there is less room for error during harvesting and implantation.
The procedure is performed in-office with local anesthesia to reduce any discomfort. Individual follicles are gently extracted from the back and sides of the head using the BIO-FUE system and then meticulously placed into the scalp of thinning areas in a natural-looking pattern. Normal activities can be resumed in just a few days, and results start to appear over the next few months as the cycle of hair growth begins.