With hair transplants in such high demand and so many different terminologies used for each procedure. But what are the best hair restoration procedures out there? How do you choose the right one? Here are my top 3 hair restoration procedures.
Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplantation (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of obtaining follicular units from the donor area, and implanting them directly into your balding areas. Instead of requiring a liner incision, where a strip of donor hair tissue is removed, FUE instead extracts the hair follicles directly from the scalp. By using a tiny 1mm punch, the surgeon must carefully cut around each follicle in the natural groupings of 1, 2, 3 and 4 hairs. Incisions are then made in the balding areas using a micro scalpel or needle to create recipient sites for these new grafts. The follicular units are transplanted into these microscopic punctures mimicking the way hair grows naturally in different directions. This is known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). The end result is a look that is completely natural. FUE is a very long and tedious procedure and is therefore recommended for patients wanting to fill small balding or thinning areas. Otherwise it will require multi-sessions. top surgery
Strip Excision Hair Transplant Surgery
Strip graft surgery is the most common and widely used hair restoration procedure. Unlike FUE, this method involves surgically removing a strip of scalp tissue from the donor area. The strip is about 1cm wide, so the donor area is then sutured back together. Surgical technicians will dissect the scalp strip of healthy hair into follicle unit hair grafts – again made up of 1, 2, 3 and 4 hair groupings. They are then implanted into the balding area using the FUT method. This procedure is can create high quality grafts per surgery, so is usually recommended for patients with a large balding area for minimal cost.
Scalp Surgeries – Reduction and Expansion
Any surgery involving removing sections of scalp is major surgery and when done properly can have dramatic and positive results. These surgeries are not for everyone and are only and option for carefully selected patients, usually those suffering from Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness. They are the original versions of hair replacement surgery, so in the past they were often poorly performed. But done in the hands of an experienced hair restoration specialist, they can produce positive results.
This is a hair restoration procedure that is one of the most popular for immediately reducing the visible size of bald scalp. This involves surgically removing skin in the balding area, usually at the top of the scalp. The hair-bearing skin is then pulled together from both sides upwards, replacing the skin removed. This is then sutured, closing the incision.
Scalp Expansion surgery uses a balloon-type device (a tissue expander), which is implanted under the scalp. This will gradually inflate, expanding the skin of donor area over a period of 4-12 weeks, resulting in a great amount of excess scalp skin. This tissue allows for massive scalp reductions, whereby the flap is then used to cover the area of bald scalp excision and sutured. This technique works best for patients with an extremely large bald stop on the top of their head and very thick donor hair.