The Best Use Of Surgical Hair Restoration Techniques

One of the aspects when researching a hair transplant procedure is which technique best suits your goals short and long term; as the FUT and FUE techniques differ mainly in the removal of the hair each method will give advantages and disadvantages

It is common for Clinics and individuals to favour one technique over the other, and this is not a problem as long as the chosen technique can deliver the results, coverage, density, high yield and good donor management for the candidate

A technique should not be chosen simply because it is in vogue, but for the results it can deliver short and long term; in some cases combining the techniques will reach the goals of the individual better than choosing between them

Educated donor management will allow for the efficient movement of grafts from the donor to the recipient; the minimum impact on the donor, the minimum amount of times the donor has to be entered to achieve the restoration goals of the individual

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?

In the recipient this translates to using the minimum number of grafts to achieve the necessary coverage and natural looking density; not depleting the donor to the degree that little to no hair can be safely harvested and not reducing the density to an unsafe level

The goals will be different for each hair transplant candidate; those with an advanced pattern of hair loss can be less demanding on aspects such as low hair lines and prefer to concentrate on coverage and density from the hair line to the crown

Being able to achieve a balanced coverage in one procedure has many advantages; time efficient is the obvious advantage, financially less wear on the pocket and in respect of donor management only having to enter the area a single time

As the first procedure will set the tone for restoration in the future deciding on the correct technique is vital as the scalp is in the best condition. As with FUE the follicular unit extraction can be spread over a wider surface area compared to FUT if the harvesting protocol is in place very little density change can be measured

The higher the graft numbers an educated harvesting protocol becomes harder as less hair remains in the area and it is more likely to over harvest or increase miniaturisation due to a traumatic ripple effecting the surrounding follicular units left in the donor

Hair line and frontal third reconstruction can require around 2500-3000 grafts; assuming the donor hair density allows for the safe removal of the numbers without over harvesting FUE is a suitable technique: Even higher hair loss patterns can be treated as long as the donor hair density is not reduced to a level white dot scarring or hair less areas do not become overly apparent

Although FUT leaves a linear scar line it will allow for a more efficient form of harvesting and can safely with the right candidate achieve higher graft numbers in a single procedure; with an average candidate achieving 4000 grafts safely and a good candidate 6000 plus in one day

The technique is an important aspect to discuss when having a consultation with a doctor, try to consult various doctors and ideally those that perform both techniques as an objective appraisal can be given as to the correct technique

Remember that the hair and scalp physiology cannot be improved upon, it can only change the more sessions are performed; the numbers available can be calculated by measuring the donor area against the hair density: The conclusion can only be mathematical as each technique will have the limits as to how much can safely be removed

 

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