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Hair Transplant Surgical Methods
Thinning hair and hair loss affect millions of people, regardless of age or sex. Thinning hair and premature balding, which is heavily influenced by genetic and hereditary characteristics, can lead to low self-esteem and self-confidence. However, hair loss does not have to be permanent, and, in many cases, can even be reversed using hair transplantation.
There are two main types of hair transplant surgical methods for treating baldness patterns and hair loss at CosmetiCare: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). These hair restoration procedures work by taking hair from the back and sides of the head and move them to the areas where individuals are experiencing hair loss.
FUE is performed through using a small punch to cut each follicle, removing the entire graft. This procedure can cause minor scarring that is not typically visible, and it might take multiple procedures to gather the number of grafts required. Many individuals prefer FUE as it is less invasive than FUT, and it could provide more flexibility when it comes to hairstyling in the future, making shorter hairstyles more possible.
FUT, otherwise known as the “Strip Method,” involves the removal of a linear ellipse-shaped incision. This makes it possible to acquire a large number of grafts in one procedure, without the need for shaving of the head prior to the procedure. The wounds left behind are typically stapled or sutured closed and can leave linear scarring – although this can be covered by the surrounding hair.
While the methods for acquiring the grafts differ, transplantation is more straightforward. Our board-certified plastic surgeon will need to place the grafts where needed to ensure the most natural-looking coverage, and best lasting results. This is done by making incisions in the scalp and directly inserting the grafts manually.
With surgical hair transplants, it can take 3-4 months for new hair growth to begin. All new hairs should be growing 8 months after the procedure, and it can take up to 18 months for the hair to reach full maturity.
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