Millions of men experience hair loss on a daily basis. Understandably, many want to take care of this. After researching, most realize the best way to restore hair is through hair transplant surgery. But did you know there are several different types of hair transplant surgery available?
Here is a brief overview of three options for hair transplant procedures:
If you research options for a hair transplant in New York City, chances are you’ll see a lot of information about FUT or follicular unit transplantation. This is often the procedure most candidates end up utilizing, and for good reason. FUT is considered the industry “gold standard.” During FUT, a small strip of hair-bearing scalp is removed from the donor region (sides and back of the scalp). The area is then immediately closed with stitches or staples and heals into a fine line, well concealed under the hair. The strip is then dissected, under high powered microscopes, into the individual follicular units, which are then implanted into the bald or thinning regions.
One of the most popular types of hair transplant surgery is follicular unit excision or FUE. This procedure is best for candidates who cannot undergo FUT, those who only need to replace hair in a small area, those who only require a small graft number, and patients who require very short haircuts on the sides – as FUE scarring can be very discrete. During FUE, doctors use small punch tools to individually cut around the follicular units in the donor area. The follicular units are then “plucked” free using forceps (medical tweezers), examined under microscopes, and implanted in the bald/thinning regions just like in FUT. Unlike FUT, FUE leaves small “dot” scars in the donor area instead of a small line and not sutures or staples are required for this procedure.
Modified FUT or “Non-Strip Harvest”
The modified procedure is a “middle ground” between FUT and FUE. During a modified procedure, small “pieces” of donor tissue are removed opposed to one long, continuous donor strip. The areas are closed with stitches or staples, just like in FUT, and heal down into little “dash” lines. These dash scars are typically a little easier to conceal and allow patients to wear shorter hair styles. The modified approach also provides gold-standard FUT growth and preserves the donor for potential future surgeries.
These are the most popular and common types of hair transplant procedures. If you are thinking about a hair transplant in New York City, consider learning more by contacting Feller & Bloxham Medical at fellermedical.com.