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A follicular unit transplant procedure uses a thin donor strip, usually located at the back of the scalp. This strip is removed and cut into single-follicle grafts by our trained technicians. The grafts are then transplanted via tiny incisions throughout the recipient area.
A follicular unit extraction uses an extraction tool to make a tiny incision around each follicle, then pulls the follicles directly from the skin. These follicles are removed from throughout the patient’s healthy recipient hair, leaving only small incision marks that heal fairly quickly. These grafted follicles are then inserted into the recipient area in a similar manner to the FUT treatment.
In general, FUT has a higher percentage of final, healthy hair growth than FUE. So for the fullest hair, FUT can often be the better choice. Keep in mind this is not always the case, though. One of the major benefits of FUE is that there is no visible scarring. This procedure is best for patients who wish to wear their hair short without any visible scar from the donor area as well as those whose skin is not resilient enough to allow for the donor strip to be taken.
Hair transplants, when performed by a skilled surgeon, can look very natural. The transplanted hair will be placed so that it grows in the same direction as the hair around it, and hairlines will be formed in the best way to fit your head. Thus, the transplanted hair will appear indiscernible from your naturally-growing hair.
It is important to note that no matter what procedure or company you choose, the transplanted region will not be as full as the regions around it because we are filling a large area from a smaller donor area. This does not stop the new hair from having a full appearance, as with proper placement of the follicles, our surgeon can create the illusion of full hair that is sure to give you confidence in your new look.
The number of grafts needed varies greatly from person to person based on the size of the balding region as well as how full you wish for the new hair to be. Typically, this can range from 1000 to 5000 grafts. The right amount for you will be recommended during your consultation.
The donor and recipient areas are both anesthetized, so patients should feel little to no pain during the procedure. There may be soreness afterward in the transplanted regions, but this is usually minimal.
The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure, so after a day or two of healing, you should feel well enough to return to your normal routine. In an FUT, stitches are used where the donor strip was taken. These stitches will be removed 6 weeks after the initial surgery. The procedure also uses many tiny incisions in the scalp in order to place the grafts. These can become pink and form scabs, however this should go away within a week or two. Similarly, in an FUE procedure, scabs will form where the follicles were extracted, but these typically heal within a week.
The transplanted hair follicles will typically take between three and five months to grow new hair. This beginning hair will be much thinner than your normal hair, but within a year, the follicles should produce thicker hair that will match the surrounding regions.
Hair transplants are permanent. The transplanted hair is taken from an area of your head that is not prone to baldness. Hair follicles maintain any genetic characteristics regardless of where they are placed. Thus, these transplanted follicles will continue to grow the same as they would have had they not been moved, generally for the rest of your life.
In an FUT procedure, there will be a linear scar where the donor hair was taken, however this will be hidden beneath your hair and should not be noticeable unless you plan to wear your hair short. In an FUE procedure, however, there should be little to no scarring as the follicles are extracted using tiny incisions throughout the donor region that leave very minimal scars which cannot be seen even with short hair.
A Trichophytic closure is a way of improving the linear donor scars of hair transplant patients. A Trichophytic incision in hair transplantation involves trimming off the upper edge of the incision and then closing the wound in such a way the hair near the edge can grow through the scar. This has the potential to produce a scar that is virtually undetectable.
Infections can occur in the donor or recipient region, but this is rare and can be prevented through proper care of the hair after the operation. We will provide instructions on how to keep your hair clean and healthy while you heal.
This depends on you’re the size of the balding region as well as how full you wish for your hair to be. Many patients choose to have a second and even third surgery, however this is not mandatory, and you can choose what is best for you based on your results and the recommendations of our specialists.
Hair transplants do not work unless there is enough healthy hair to take in a donor region to fill a recipient region. So, we cannot use FUT or FUE to treat alopecia, however other non-surgical options may prove more effective.
The effect of injections is the promotion of new hair growth from the previously damaged follicles which can replace the need for transplanting hair from healthy regions (though it is not often recommended as an alternative to FUT or FUE). Studies have shown that this procedure has been especially effective on patients with alopecia which cannot be treated using FUT or FUE.
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