Hair transplantation

Hair transplantation

Hair transplantation – different methods and techniques

All about hair transplantation: There are various methods for surgery

There are various methods of hair transplantation and it is important you understand the differences. The two methods often used are called FUE-method and strip-method. The strip method is also called FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant).  The main difference between the two methods of transplanting is how the surgeon harvest hair follicles from the patient’s donor area. The other steps in the hairtransplantation process are very similar.

Strip method has the advantage that it is much cheaper for the patient’s wallet. The method is faster and you can normally take out more hair follicles in a shorter time. FUE has an advantage that the method is invasive method and gentle for the patient.

It is impossible to objectively determine which method is best for those who want to fix their hair loss. There are proponents from FUE as well as the  Strip camps. Factors deterring the best methods includes transaction level of the hair follicles, elastic of the skin after surgery, survival rates of follicles and the skill of the doctor and surgical team.


Risks with hair transplants

There are few hair transplant clinics that openly recognizes that patients often need multiple operations to get a good result. Some argue that you can maximize the number of hair follicles by combining  strip with FUE. On the other hand, there are doctors who claim that you can harvest greatest number of hair follicles by making up to five procedures with FUE.

Making a hair transplant is not exactly like buying a car since the result is something you have to live with the rest of your life. Although the methods are getting better and better, there are risks and you should find out as much about the clinic as it is at all possible.

Here are some of the risks:

  • Poor performance from the surgeon
  • Bad scarring
  • Infections
  • Numbness, and pain from the area where you removed the hair follicles
  • Hair Loss Shock – ie the hair follicles goes to a sleeping phase
  • Aesthetic problems with the transplanted hair

For those of you who are looking to undergo surgery, it is important you have confidence in the clinic and the surgical team. Be sure to read as much as you can about the clinic and the doctor who will carry out the surgery and you could also try to contact patients who have undergone surgery at the clinic.

Read more about FUE and Strip:

Ask about the HT-method the clinic use:
Some clinics market concepts such as micro-surgery, micro-method and minigraft method. I guess they then want to show that it is all about micro-surgery in which case both may include FUE and Strip method. My advice to you – before you decide to have a transplantation is to find out which method the clinic will use!

The history of hair restoration

Hair restoration history began as a result of the finding by Dr. Norman Orentreich that hair follicles taken from an area of nonbalding scalp could be implanted into an area of male pattern hair loss and continue to grow terminal hair.

Older and obsolete hair transplant techniques

Unfortunately, there are clinics that deliver questionable results due to factors like they place the hair follicles in the wrong angle, or worse yet leave the patient with a large scar in the neck but at the same time, competition among clinics has increased substantially in Europe in recent years.

There are other methods such as mini graft and punch grafts, which takes 15-30 hair follicles at a time which does not look aesthetically out and you get doll hair look, hairlift where you are operating a silicone plate under the skin. Flap surgery, which I think looks scary out and balloon expander, which also looks very bloody. Surgeons have also tried scalp reduction. The trend today is that more and more surgeons are using less invasive surgery.

Finally – have realistic expectations:

Keep in mind that …
The results of hair transplants can look very natural, but you should not expect to make the same density or coverage that you had when you were a teenager and if you like 40-year-old has a teenage hairline see it in most cases not seen natural.

Read this page in Swedish: hårtransplantation

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