Whether or not you are suffering from hair loss, you might be wondering which hair loss surgeries are available today, how do they work and which one is the best. Hair transplant is getting more and more popular these days as people are becoming more conscious about their appearances and are able to afford these surgeries. Gone are the days when just putting on a wig was the only solution and surgeries were limited only to celebrities and elite classes.
How is hair transplant done? In this process, hair follicles are taken from the back of your scalp and transplanted on the top where hair growth is low or nil. As a result, you have natural hair growth lifelong, as back hairs are almost permanent. So which are the hair loss surgeries available today and which one is better? Although there are several methods available, those can be finally refined to two methods of surgery- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method and the STRIP harvesting method or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Both methods have advantages and disadvantages.
Difference between FUT and FUE
The main difference between FUE and STRIP lies in the extraction process. The placing process where the extracted hair follicles are implanted on the scalp is usually very similar for both, if not identical. The STRIP method is considered a more traditional way of extracting donor hair, whereas FUE is considered more contemporary because it has only been available the last 10 years.
During the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) STRIP method, the surgeon excises a strip of hair and tissue from the back of the scalp. The hair-bearing strip is then dissected into individual follicular units by hair transplant specialists. They are then placed in the thinning or balding regions, where the surgeon has made recipient sites. The wound is closed with the use of sutures or sometimes staples. When compared with the FUE surgery, the donor area after a strip excision surgery will require more time to fully heal. This scar may be detectable if the patients keep their hair very short, and may even stretch over time. As the strip procedure is more economical, it can be more attractive to some patients that have a limited budget.
The FUE is an approach that does not involve either a scalpel or stitches, resulting to significantly less downtime, due to faster healing. But this is a time consuming and labor intensive process as every single follicle is extracted individually. A significant benefit is that controlled and careful extraction of donor’s hair is very lenient to the skin and scalp. Complications are very rare, and scars are not detectable after only a few days. The surgeon performing FUE can select the follicular units that will offer the most hairs per graft, and produce an optimal yield. FUE does not result in scars and even if there are any, you cannot detect them with the naked eye.
The surgeon’s skills and experience plays a big part in both procedures. If you want to go for a hair transplant in Ahmedabad then take expert’s opinion on which one to opt for, according to your scalp conditions and also, your budget.