What Hair Transplant Technique Is Right For Me?

Hair loss can be an emotive issue and for some men hard to live with; there are a number of hair retention and hair restoration methods dependent of the stage of hair loss and the individual´s goals

For many the option can be surgical hair restoration, a hair transplant procedure; this is the movement of genetically strong hair to areas of hair loss that will continue to permanently grow even when moved

There are two recognised techniques used by doctors today, Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE); the main variant between the techniques is the manner in which the hair is removed from the scalp

As hair loss can be hard to predict as to how advanced the pattern of hair loss will become a master plan must be made to ensure a balanced coverage can be sustained as well as a natural looking density achieved; even if this means a lower density over some areas, usually the crown

When treating lower levels of hair loss the ultimate pattern is impossible to predict, especially with a younger individual; if the case it would be prudent to ensure the donor area can manage the demand for hair over a larger surface area due to fixing a permanent low hair line

FUT and FUE Hair Transplant Techniques, one or the other or combine the two?

FUT and FUE Hair Transplant Techniques, one or the other or combine the two?

When calculating the quality of the donor area, hair density, hair characteristics, skin laxity and the average number of hairs per follicular unit; as well as measuring the surface area to be treated along with the potential surface area then a plan can be put together and the technique required determined

Some candidates have the option to use either technique due to their hair characteristics and donor quality and achieve solid results; other are better suited one technique and others may benefit from combining both techniques either in a single procedure or multiple procedures over time

If the donor hair qualities are average or slightly below and the demand for hair is high then the likelihood is FUT will be a better option; this can remove the highest capacity of grafts in a single procedure from the area of the donor that has the highest concentration

FUT leaves a fine strip scar that hair regrows through to help camouflage further and allows for short haircuts just long enough to cover the line

Smaller hair loss patterns may benefit more from the FUE technique, although FUE will lower the hair density in the donor if the number of grafts required are relatively minimal the density change can be minor

As long as an educated pattern of extraction is made, spreading the extraction points around the donor very little change can be seen and very little density lost to the overall surface area of the donor

FUE though requires a wide surface to harvest from, in lower hair loss patterns the donor area safe zone can be hard to determine therefore a conservative approach should be taken as to how high in the donor the grafts are removed

With higher levels of hair loss or in some repair cases combing the techniques can be of great benefit in achieving the graft numbers and goals of the individual; as this opens the donor to achieve the maximum grafts in a single procedure

FUT can harvest from the hair rich occipital area of the donor, with good hair and skin characteristics reaching 5-7000 grafts, then FUE can harvest around the strip area to increase the numbers by potentially 1500-2000 grafts

Achieving around 9000 grafts can treat even high levels of hair loss, Norwood 7 hair loss stage with total coverage and possibly a slightly lower crown density. This allows to reach total restoration in the minimum period of time

Repair patients can have multiple priorities to address and the donor area is almost always impaired with multiple scarring from previous procedures; removing a strip can englobe much of the old scarring and leave a single linear scar and FUE harvest in untouched virgin areas to further increase the graft count

This can make a huge difference to a repair patient, graft numbers are paramount and often depleted and in short supply so to be able to maximise the numbers in a single procedure can make the difference between a successful repair and not

Although today many have a preferred technique in mind it is always important to access the individuals goals against what is technically possible to achieve from each technique; the donor hair is finite and can only reduce after each procedure so the technique used is not by design but necessity to sustain hair restoration over time

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