Learn what is the best hair transplant surgery procedure is best for your of hair loss and lifestyle.
One of the most important decisions you will have to make when deciding to have hair transplant surgery is choosing the right surgical procedure. There are three different hair transplant procedures that you can choose from: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) also known as a Strip Harvest procedure, Follicular Unit Excision (FUE), and Robotic FUE. All three of these surgical hair restoration options are excellent choices, depending upon your unique hair loss, aesthetic goals and budget. While some may consider one is better than the other, what’s important to be aware of is the best hair transplant procedure for you is the one that will best deliver the most natural looking results for your type of hair loss.
Microscopic Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT):
One of the main advantages of this technique is that the strip harvest often yields the highest number of hair grafts which can be transplanted into your thinning and balding areas in one surgery session. For patients who present as good candidates for this hair transplant technique, FUT typically gives them a dramatic aesthetic change in one surgical session during which anywhere from 2500 to 4000 grafts may be transplanted. After identifying the most robust donor hair in the back of the head, a thin strip of tissue is harvested and dissected into multiple follicular units (grafts) of one to four hairs each using the Ziering Scope, a microscope specifically designed for hair transplant surgery.
Then the surgeon creates the recipient sites according to the hair transplant design agreed upon during your consultation. This is where art takes over from the science. The hair transplant surgeon becomes an artist, using classical principles of symmetry and proportion to maximize the precious and limited resource of your available donor hair to create a natural looking, age appropriate hairline that brings balance and youthfulness to your appearance. Even with limited donor hair, an experienced surgeon can create an exceptional result when the hair transplant design is artistically and aesthetically planned. Next, the surgical techs meticulously place the grafts one-by-one into the tiny recipient sites. The entire procedure is done under local anesthesia. The one drawback of this technique is that it leaves a very slight linear scar which doesn’t work for patients who are looking to wear extremely short hair styles. However, this method does not require shaving the entire back of the head.
Manual Follicular Unit Excision (FUE):
If not being able to wear your hair very short or even shaved is a deal breaker, FUE is the surgical technique that is most likely the right choice for you. This hair transplant technique does not leave a linear scar. It involves painstakingly extracting individual follicular units (grafts) one at a time from the donor area, using a handheld device like the SAFE System. The donor zone is often shaved prior to your surgery to maximize the donor yield. If your hair is long enough, you may be a good candidate for an Executive Long Hair FUE Transplant which does not require shaving the entire back of the head. Once the hair follicles are harvested, the surgeon creates the recipient sites just like FUT procedures. Then the surgery techs transplant the hair grafts into the recipient sites. The availability of advanced and precise instruments has dramatically increased the popularity of FUE hair transplant surgery.
Robotic FUE is similar to FUE but is performed using the ARTAS Robotic System which is equipped with an optical guidance system to locate, identify, and extract follicular units under the supervision of the hair transplant surgeon. This enhances precision harvesting for FUE hair transplant procedures.
The robot visualizes the scalp’s surface as a 3D image, mapping the coordinates, angle of orientation, and direction of follicles. It also determines the density of follicular units and their distribution. It has intelligent algorithms that set the alignment and depth for harvesting each follicular unit. The robot has the ability to create the recipient site according to the plan and design of the surgeon. If you like to wear your hair short (exposing the skin underneath), then FUE techniques are ideal for you. Another factor may be scalp laxity. Your scalp may be too tight to respond well to a strip harvest procedure. The ARTAS Robotic System may be used in conjunction with the Hair Studio which assists with recipient site creation in the frontal half of the scalp.
Choosing The Best Hair Transplant Procedure
If you are considering hair transplant surgery and are not sure which technique is best for you, FUT, FUE or Robotic FUE, make sure to go to a practice that offers all procedures. To provide the highest level of care and expertise, a hair transplant surgeon should have expertise in both FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques. Your surgeon will explain each procedure and advise you on the right one for you, taking into account factors like the cause of hair loss, level of hair loss, characteristics of your hair, skin laxity, and what you aim to achieve with surgical hair restoration. Depending on your goals and the number of procedures needed to achieve your desired results, you may even consider doing both types of procedures. Many FUT patients have opted for a smaller FUE procedure after their first FUT procedure to fill in and create more density where they have lost more native hair or use Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) to camouflage their linear scar. Just because someone says one procedure is better than the other, its best to consult with a top hair transplant surgeon to choose the best hair transplant procedure for you.
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