FUE Hair Transplant Update – 2012
Hair transplant technology has made strong advancements over the past decades. The latest technology of hair restoration makes medical hair transplant procedures an option for most men from all walks of life. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method in which hair follicular units are removed individually rather than taking a strip of the scalp and dissecting it into follicular units.
FUE transplant has been around for over 10 years along with strip hair transplant surgery. Each one of these procedures has their own advantages and disadvantages. The truth of the matter is there are many hair restoration centers which may promote one method vs. the other, strictly because they are capable of performing it. They may lean towards recommending FUE hair transplant as oppose to strip follicular unit transplantation.
Who is a good candidate for FUE transplant?
If performed correctly, FUE transplantation is a great solution for some hair loss sufferers, especially those with minimum hair loss or those trying to avoid a linear scar on their scalp. We also use FUE for people who suffer from significant pain or other donor complications with previous strip procedure, and those with violated donor area for which removing more hair through strip is impossible.
Why strip hair transplant is still more popular?
Most of hair transplant surgeries in America are still done through strip (FUT) for many reasons.
- Strip hair transplantation gives liberty to the surgeon to maximize the quality and viability of the hair follicles. We anticipate some number between 1-5% as the highest for a trans-section of hair follicles. This is because the grafts are all harvested under 3-D magnifications with stereotactic microscope.
- In FUE cases patients may have a high transection rate, meaning that some of the grafts are cut or damaged in the process of graft harvesting and may never grow into healthy hair. The transection rate might be very low in most people, with an average of 0 to 10%. However, in some people it might be significantly higher based on their hair’s characteristics. For example, people with curly hair are at higher risk of transecting their hair grafts even with current techniques. A FOX Test could be done in for people that we expect high transection rate. The FOX test can determine the patients who are not good candidates for FUE procedure. The FOX test is a small FUE transplant that determines the levels of a transection before the actual FUE transplant.
- In FUE Transplantation, we can harvest – 1500 to 2000 grafts in one session. Sessions larger than that may keep hair grafts outside of body for a long enough period of time to jeopardize the grafts’ survival. US Hair Restoration Centers in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles has conducted studies that lead to better determination of how long a graft can be viable inside scalp after punching and before completely extracting them.
- These days, we have several methods, such as trichophytic closure, to minimize the visibility of the strip transplant linear scar.
Undecided between FUE transplant and strip FUT?
At the end we recommend you to do your homework before choosing one way or another then find a good hair transplant doctor who is capable of offering both these techniques. He or she can walk you through your best options.