A Hair Transplant Surgery (also called hair replacement) is a surgery performed to move hair from one part of the body to the other. The Hair Transplant is a minimally invasive procedure which provides results that look and feel so natural, no one should be able to tell if one has had the procedure done.
For The Hair Transplant surgery, doctors are able to use different techniques to extract and transplant large numbers of hair follicles. There are two main Hair Transplant methods employed for Hair Transplantation which are the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). These two Hair Transplant methods differ in the way hair follicles are extracted from the donor area, details of which are explained below.
FUT is a Hair Transplant technique in which strip of skin from a non-bald area is first removed. This donor site is usually the back of the head. The wound edges are then closed leaving a single, generally fine scar.
The strip of removed scalp is then divided into as many as 500 to 2,000 tiny grafts, each with an individual hair or just a few hairs. These are each relocated to the balding areas being treated, known as the recipient sites.
A person should go for FUT if he only requires a few grafts.
One of the main disadvantages of FUT transplants is that they typically lead to scarring around the donor site. Some people may also experience pain and swelling in this area.
In FUE surgery firstly the back of the head is shaved and then individual hair follicles are removed, as opposed to taking an entire strip of scalp.
Hair follicles are removed in a random fashion resulting in less density in the donor area that is not even noticeable.
If one has to compare FUE and FUT, then FUE is relatively less invasive than FUT, and there are lesser complications in FUE, such as scarring or post-operative pain.
Another advantage of FUT is that thickness at the donor sites is not affected since the hair follicles are removed from different areas, rather than from one single site.
However, FUE Hair Transplant surgery is often more expensive than FUT.
Hair Transplant surgery is considered to be a very safe procedure overall with minimal risks.
However, the minimal risks associated with Hair Transplant Surgery procedure include:
• Inflammation on scalp
• Scarring on the scalp
• Patchy new hair growth
The newly transplanted hair starts to fall out within 2 to 3 weeks after Hair Transplant surgery. However, but you should expect new hair growth within a few months. Most people reported that they see 60% of new hair growth after 6 to 9 months.