The history of hair transplantation goes back centuries. Various methods have been developed and these methods have continued to be studied. We will review “Hair Transplantation Techniques” in this article with you.
Before hair transplantation, the plastic surgeon and the patient will clarify which technique should be applied after a detailed examination. Your plastic surgeon experience in this matter, will directly affect your happiness after the procedure via the correct used technique during hair transplant.
There are 2 basic techniques applied in the world in hair transplantation; FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Techniques.
Today, the FUE method is widely used in terms of its advantages.
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) Hair Transplant:
FUT is performed by removing the skin in the form of a band with hair follicles from the donor area. The band-shaped part removed from the donor area is separated under a microscope to remove hair follicles. The method used since 1930. In the FUT technique, a 3-5 cm wide surgical scar at the donor area can be left after the operation. Accordingly, the healing process may be longer. One of the reasons for preferring this technique is that patient wants to regain their previous appearance.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplant:
FUE is the extraction of the hair follicles from the donor area, back of the head, one by one without any incision. It can be performed under local anesthesia. The operation is performed with the help of a device, a circular scalpel with a diameter of 0.7-0.9 mm, which is manually or connected to the motor, collects many hair follicle grafts on the donor area.
The grafts collected from the donor area are taken into protective solutions and then grouped according to their types and made ready for transplantation. The grafts are placed in the balding area in a certain order to have a natural look. The planning is very important to attain natural looking hair. Before hair transplantation, channels are opened for new coming hair follicles. The number of grafts taken from the donor area must be equal to the number of channels opened in the bald area. FUE Technique is more preferred in terms of many advantages it provides, such as faster healing and more natural looking.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Hair Transplantation?
The hair transplant session can take 5-8 hours in line with the number of transplanted grafts.