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Hair Transplant

 

It is a surgical technique that involves extraction of hair follicles from the donor site and placement on the recipient site (which is the bald area) done under a local anesthetic.


A mega-session completes the entire procedure – harvest of hair follicles from the donor site at the back of the patient’s scalp and placement of the harvested follicles in the recipient site on the scalp- in a single session lasting several hours. Multiple sessions may be a better choice for some patients, based on patient’s comfort level, factoring in medical conditions as well.

The technique of doing hair transplant is clearly mentioned below:

FUT 

In this method a strip of skin is taken from the posterior part of the scalp, in an area of good hair growth. This is then taken and harvested in a petridish containing normal saline and the grafts are seperated. The recipient area is dermabraded and the grafts are inserted into the recipient area. Patient is advised to come back after 2 weeks for suture removal. The angles of the hair growth are noted and small incisions at a time are given in these directions, gentle sharp dissection is done to ensure near 100% grafts survival on both the sides. This allows greater number of graft harvests, and preservation of grafts on the donor area, allowing a virtually invisible scar.

Advantages
Less expensive; requires fewer sessions, more follicular units, do not get buried grafts with strip grafting.

FUE 

In this method individual Follicular Units containing 1 - 4 hairs are removed under local anesthesia using a special tool to extract the fulliculars. There is no incision on the back of the scalp. Similar to FUt the seperated fullicular units are placed at the recipient area after dermabrading the recipient area of the scalp.

Advantages
Suitable for both men and women; treating hair loss of any cause and all areas of skin (beard, eyebrow, eyelashes) etc.

Key Areas Suitable For FUE
Frontal hair line designing/frontal baldness besides eyelash and eyebrow transplant FUE is the preferred technique as these grafts are thinner than the ones extracted from strip method, hence more number of follicles per graft can be placed giving a near natural density. Best results can be achieved if we combine FUE and FUT in one session using FUE for the frontal part of the scalp and FUT for the rest of the scalp. The outcome of this combination technique results in a very natural hair line design with appropriate density in the front and a higher coverage for the rest of the scalp. Besides, in the above mentioned technique we can also do long hair transplant so that the person can see the effect of a full growth before the hair fall out and new ones begin to grow.

Difference between the two transplant methods FUT & FUE lies in the way the follicle units are extracted. In a FUT method, the strip technique is used, by which a strip of the scalp with hairs on it is taken from the back of the head, with its hair follicles subsequently being extracted. In a FUE method, individual follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp. In a FUT method will leave a narrow linear scar on the back of the head, all that can be seen after an FUE are micro-scars looking like little dots. Healing after FUE is faster than after FUT and generally free of pain. FUE is best for patients wanting to avoid a linear scar at all costs, and for younger patients only requiring minor treatment when compared to FUT.

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