Types of Hair Transplant Procedures
Hair transplant surgery involves the removal of hair follicles from a densely haired part of the patient’s head, often the back of the head, and transplanting these follicles onto the bald areas. Anesthesia and sterilization of the donor region – the area from which hair follicles will be harvested – are performed by the surgeon prior to the start of the treatment. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is one of two procedures of hair transplantation available to the surgeon – the other being Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUT) is another term for Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. This treatment involves the removal of a strip of the donor area’s scalp by the surgical team (usually the back of the head). The strip of scalp is then divided into as many as 500 to 2,000 small follicular grafts, each of which contains a single strand of hair or a few hairs, depending on the size of the strip. The surgeon uses a blade or a needle to pierce small holes into the recipient region and then inserts the grafts into the holes. Grafting is the phrase used to describe this process. How many grafts you get is determined on the kind, color, and quality of your hair, in addition to how large the recipient area is.
Extraction of Follicular Units (FUE)
When doing a FUE hair transplant, the surgeon starts by removing the hair from the back of your head, which is called the donor area. FUE differs from FUT in that it does not include the extraction of a strip of scalp; instead, the surgeon uses a microneedle to remove individual follicular units from the donor region of the patient. FUE does not need the use of sutures, and the scalp will recover with just little scarring that will be hidden by existing hair. Following that, the process is quite similar to FUT, with the surgeon punching small holes into the balding region and grafting the follicular units into the incisions made by the surgeon. When compared to FUT hair transplantation, FUE hair transplantation requires shorter recovery time.
The Price is High, But it is Well Worth it if You Want Quality
Naturally, this sort of surgery will cost you a lot. However, sometimes you have to spend a bit more to achieve excellent outcomes. Depending on the practitioner doing the treatment and the quantity of hair follicles that need to be extracted, both kinds of transplants may cost anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000. These prices mostly vary depending on the severity of the procedure, how many follicles need to be extracted, the experience of the surgeon, and clinic location.
The Treatment Might Take up to Eight Hours to Complete
Patients can expect to spend a significant portion of their day in their surgeon’s medical facility, and if their doctor uses mild sedation, they will almost certainly require the assistance of a friend or family member to transport them home once the procedure is completed.
The surgical treatment takes anything from five to eight hours to complete. It’s done under local anaesthetic, and the patients are pleasantly awake during this procedure. They spend most of the day in a reclining recliner, watching movies or shows and can relax while our surgeons perform the procedure.
The outcomes, on the other hand, are not instantaneous. One of the most common misconceptions concerning hair transplants is that “you may have full, long hair right after.” The transplanted follicles might take many months to generate new hair and go through the proper growth cycle.