Whether due to hereditary, hormonal issues or other causes, thinning hair or substantial hair loss can have a significant impact on one’s self-esteem. Though doctors have performed hair transplants since the 1950’s, results have come a long way since the unnatural doll-like hair that patients saw in the 70’s and 80’s, as explained by the American Academy of Dermatology. At the time, sections of hair were placed in the areas of thinning hair. Unfortunately, these sections became noticeable after some time. Even so, methods for hair transplantation have evolved tremendously, helping men and women achieve the natural-looking head of hair that they desire.
New-age techniques using Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are widely used today. Yet, deciding which method is best is a crucial decision, requiring the experience and expertise of a qualified plastic surgeon.
In Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), a strip of tissue is removed from the donor area, usually from the back or sides of the scalp. Individual follicular units are taken from the strip of tissue using stereo-microscopic dissection. The edges of the strip are then closed. In Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a larger donor area is typically used. Yet, the hair is harvested through small circular incisions. Because the FUE method helps avoid a long, linear scar, many assume that this method is best. However, when it comes to which is best for you, there are many considerations, including the amount of hair one hopes to transplant.
- Better quality of hair graft (when compared to the FUE method)
- Hair is harvested from a place where it is more permanent (less risk of hair loss in the future)
- FUT produces a maximum graft yield
- Even with multiple FUT procedures, patients are left with only one scar. This is because each subsequent procedure removes the scar from the previous one
- Healing time is decreased, as incisions are very small linear holes
- A better option for individuals with thickened or keloid skin, stretched scars or poor healing cycles
- Less discomfort post-operatively (when compared to the FUT method)
- When the scalp is too tight for a FUT transplant, FUE is a suitable alternative
- Finer, more delicate hairs can be harvested
Hair Restoration With Natural, Long-Lasting Results
Dr. Maurice Khosh is a dual board certified facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon practicing in Manhattan. Dr. Khosh is also a hair transplantation specialist, with extensive experience in both FUT and FUE methods. For hair restoration with natural, long-lasting results, contact Dr. Khosh at his practice on Park Avenue today.