Millions of people suffer from hair loss each year. Since it affects the way you look, it can be extremely stressful for people. There are times when you can try everything under the sun, from inventive hairstyles and hats to prescription medications, but the hair loss just may not stop and people become worried about going bald. In such cases, they can consider the option of getting a hair transplant. This is a surgical procedure that involves removing the hair follicles from one area of the body and transplanting in the area suffering from hair loss.
Even though the concept of hair transplants has been around for years, but they were never as effective as they are now. Their effectiveness has improved significantly thanks to new technologies that have made them easier and more successful than before. They are considered an effective and safe solution for dealing with persistent hair loss in men and women alike. You do have the freedom of choosing between the different hair transplant methods, as there are several available. Let’s take a look;
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the first option to explore, which involves individual hair follicles removed directly from the scalp. Microscopic circular incisions are made on the scalp to harvest the hair.
It can be done manually by a physician with the help of a handheld device used for extracting each of the hair follicles. There is also the option of robotic FUE that uses a robotic hair transplant device, but the physician is the one that guides it.
There are numerous benefits of this hair transplant method, starting with high quality graft, which means the strongest and healthiest follicles are used for harvesting and transplantation. It does not leave a linear scar, which helps you have natural looking results and you do not have to worry about a scar. As local anesthesia is used for FUE, you have to face minimal discomfort and it is also minimally invasive, so there is no major pain before, or after the procedure.
The scarring in the donor area is also minimal and the recovery time period in FUE is also short, as people can get back to routine in a few days. The procedure itself does not take more than 8 hours.
The second option that you can explore for hair transplant is called FUT i.e. Follicular Unit Transplantation, also called the ‘strip method’. This involves removal of a thin, long piece of tissue from the scalp. Then, stereo-microscopic dissection is used for removing individual hair follicles from the strip.
The wound is then closed and it leaves behind a single, linear scar.
There are no additional scars that patients need to worry about with FUT and the results it gives are also natural looking. This method is also known to have a higher rate of follicle survival, but it does have a longer recovery time as compared to FUE. Patients require at least 10 to 12 days and the discomfort may be a bit higher, due to which pain medication is often given.
However, FUT is extremely effective in providing maximum fullness and better coverage, particularly around the crown area of the head.
There was a time when people had the option of FUT and FUE, but a third option has been added to the mix called direct hair implantation (DHI). This is essentially a modification of the FUE method. As opposed to FUE in which the surgeon has to cut channels in the scalp before the hair follicles can be implanted, a specialized pen-shaped tool is used by the surgeons in DHI. This tool is capable of doing both the tasks at the same time.
The DHI method can offer the same benefits as the FUE method, but is better than FUT because it does not involve leaving a scar. It is considered the most effective and advanced hair transplant option available today.