MODERN HAIR TRANSPLANTATION | FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTATION
Times are changing and so is fashion…and fashion goes beyond just clothes. It can extend to shoes, jewelry and even how you style your hair. Hair styles are changing and a full head of hair and beards are in for men, while women are embracing full and bushy eyebrows again. This has led to changing trends in aesthetic surgery and treatments. Hair transplants are back in fashion, for hair, beards and eyebrows and requests for Laser hair removal and waxing are decreasing.
Hair transplantation is a surgical technique transferring hair follicles from one part of the body, called the ‘donor site’, to a bald or balding part of the body known as the ‘recipient site’. The technique is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness but can be done for various type of hairloss. It is a minimally invasive procedure where grafts are harvested from areas that are genetically resistant to balding like the back of the head. Hair transplantation can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair, chest hair, pubic hair and to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery such as face-lifts and previous hair transplants.
Since hair naturally grows in groups of 1 to 4 hairs, current techniques harvest and transplant hair “follicular units” in their natural groupings. Thus modern hair transplantation can achieve a natural appearance by mimicking original hair orientation. This hair transplant procedure is called follicular unit transplantation (FUT). In a similar fashion hair can be harvested in two different ways: strip harvesting, and follicular unit extraction (FUE). FUE can give very natural results. The advantage over strip harvesting is that FUE harvesting does not need large areas of scalp tissue to be harvested, so there is no linear incision and it doesn’t leave a linear scar. Because individual follicles are removed, only small scars remain which are less or not visible and post-surgical pain and discomfort is less. Recovery from micro grafting FUE is less than 7 days and no suture removal is needed.