Hair Transplant Explained
There are several types of treatment for hair loss, some of which involve surgery. Non-surgical treatment consists of medication, laser treatment, trichopigmentation or platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. Each of these methods requires continuous treatment with varying degrees of effectiveness. Some don’t really treat alopecia, while others may have beneficial effects but are not yet fully understood. Also, some are performed by technicians with no medical training.
When it comes to surgical treatment, however, the procedures are well-established, and the research is conclusive. As technology continues to advance, these techniques offer increasingly natural results. Using state-of-the-art equipment, medical expertise, and the latest technology, surgical hair restoration is currently the most advanced and effective type of treatment.
That being said, there are two types of surgical hair restoration procedures. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves extracting follicular units from the scalp, one by one, and placing them where they’re needed. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) involves taking a large piece of skin from the scalp, separating it into small grafts, and placing them back on the scalp as needed.
Both FUE and FUT are scientifically-proven and undeniably effective forms of hair transplant with permanent effects. The difference between them has to do with how they are performed, the results, and the speed of the recovery. FUE leaves no scarring or stitching, hair distribution is even, and you recover within hours. FUT involves sutures, permanent scarring, and hair growth may be uneven close to the scars. It also takes several days to recover from FUT surgery and greater care must be taken to prevent an infection.