Surveys confirm surgical hair restoration has gained popularity amongst balding men and women looking for real hair restoration solutions over the last several years. In fact, the number of hair transplants performed worldwide has increased 26% since 2006 alone.
State of the art hair transplant surgery has been divided into two distinct procedures, follicular unit transplantation via microscopic dissection (FUT/strip surgery) and follicular unit transplantation via follicular unit extraction (FUE). In both procedures, small ultra refined follicular units (hairs as they occur naturally) are carefully prepared and inserted into tiny recipient sites created by quality physicians using minimally invasive techniques. Where the procedures differ however, is in donor hair removal.
FUE in particular has become exceedingly popular in balding men who desire to keep their hair cropped short on the sides and back of their head. Though both procedures cause some scarring (typically minimal in the hands of a skilled physician under optimal conditions), the main advantage of FUE is that it does not create a linear scar like FUT via strip. However, due to the extra forces placed on the hair follicles during the extraction process, the chance of damage to fragile follicles are greater, thus potentially decreasing overall hair growth yield. Learn more about the Benefits, Limitations, and Potential Problems with FUE.
Recently, a handful of dedicated surgeons with a realistic view of what can be accomplished with follicular unit extraction have engineered new and innovative tools designed to improve the effectiveness and speed of the procedure. To learn how each tool works and helps to overcome the potential problems associated with FUE, click on the respective links below:
Coalition Member Dr. Devroye’s New FUE Tool (with video)
Though these tools may help make the FUE procedure faster, easier, and more effective, the skill and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure is paramount.
Be aware that hair transplant surgery, including follicular unit extraction, isn’t for everyone. Young patients with aggressive hair loss in particular should avoid surgery. See Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) the Solution for Young Hair Loss Sufferers?
Those seriously considering surgical hair restoration should diligently research the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure, consult with a qualified surgeon with a proven track record of producing excellent results, and learn what can realistically be accomplished for them.
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