There are two main types of hair transplants: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). For many patients at True & Dorin, a combination of these methods will be recommended. Using this approach, patients can enjoy a fuller head of hair with minimal to no visible scarring.
Hair transplantation is a proven medical procedure in which we take permanent hair from a hair-bearing area of the scalp and transplant it to a thinning or balding area. It's the only method that we know that permanently replaces hair that's lost from male- or female-patterned hair loss.
There are two basic hair transplant methodologies that we use. Follicular unit transplantation is a method in which we take a thin strip of scalp from permanent donor hair and we use stereoscopic microscopes to create follicular units which will be transplanted and placed back in the recipient's thinning area.
FUE is an acronym for follicular unit extraction in which we individually selectively punch out follicular units from the side and the back of the scalp and re-transplant them into the scalp without removing a strip of scalp.
In general, the method that I choose or the method that I recommend for hair restoration surgery is going to be a combination of the patient's desires and the characteristics of their hair and scalp. Some patients are willing to wear their hair longer to cover their linear scar. Other patients want to wear a shorter hair style in which case I tend to lean more towards doing FUE because they can wear their hair shorter and not have the resulting tiny scars show. Some people come in and they have prior work done where it's difficult to take any more strip harvest without leaving scars that are going to be apparent, so the only method that could be employed if they want to squeak out a little bit more hair would be to do FUE.
If you would like to know more about hair restoration surgery please feel free to call our office and speak with us to answer your questions, and we have free complimentary consultations that can be set up with the phone call.