Statistically, 35 million men in the U.S. are currently experiencing hair loss with 40% of men exhibiting hair loss by the time they turn 35 and increasing to 65% by the time the average American male turns 60. 95% of hair loss is hereditary, which is the most common cause of hair loss. Other common factors of hair loss are stress, aging, and trauma to the hair. These numbers, along with the loss in self-confidence some men experience due to balding, are the reason that hair transplantation is one of the fastest-growing aesthetic procedures for men. There now exist both minimally surgical (FUT) and non-surgical treatment (PRP) options for restoring one’s hair to its earlier youthful appearance.
The Difference Between FUT and FUE
Hair transplantation is performed by surgically removing hair follicles primarily from back of the scalp, and grafting them into areas suffering loss. There are two primary techniques in implementing this procedure, Follicular Unit Transplantation(FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The following is an explanation of how the two processes are executed:
FUT- In this 2-4 hour procedure, the patient receives a mild sedative so he can be relaxed and comfortable while the surgeon performs the transplant. After sedation, the areas from where the hair is harvested (donor site), and the region that will receive hair (recipient site), are anesthetized with local anesthesia. The tissue used for grafting is removed, and then the doctor will utilize a variety of microscopic instruments to create receptive sites for the follicle-bearing grafts. The surgeon will continue to vary the articulation of the instruments during the creation of receptive sites, so when the follicles become active and begin to produce hair, the appearance will look natural. Since FUT’s effect mimics the way your hair grows naturally, the result will be indistinguishable from your original hair.
FUE- This is a very popular method of rearranging hair follicles on the scalp by extracting randomly distributed individual follicles and implanting them into the recipient area. Being more cost-effective than FUT, this method, however, has a few weak points. Extracted follicles run a greater risk of being traumatized at the implantation stage due to the lack of protective dermis and fat. The donor area is often left damaged and cannot be reused to harvest more follicles. FUE is also a painstaking process and it may take more than one session to complete the procedure.
During the consultation, doctor and patient will discuss the goals of the hair transplant procedure, which will determine the amount of follicles taken from the donor region. The number of follicles extracted will depend on the amount of hair loss already suffered, the desired amount of hair for the recipient area and the density of hair at the donor site.
The PRP Possibility
Another topic of discussion during your consultation will be the potential use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP is a patient’s natural plasma, which is taken before the procedure. It is separated into different components and then injected back. These elements are responsible for, among other things, blood clotting in the body. The enriched PRP can provide you with the very best possible hair transplant, which includes ease in healing and stimulation of hair growth.
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