Cosmetic procedures and surgery have advanced rapidly in the last 20 years, with doctors now able to achieve better results with less invasive treatments. One of the fields of cosmetic surgery which has moved on is hair transplant surgery. In previous years, patients would undergo Follicle Unit Transplant (FUT), which involves moving a strip of skin from the scalp where the hair is plentiful to a balding area. Today, an alternative procedure is available, which has several advantages over FUT, which is Follicle Unit Extraction (FUE). Here are six reasons to choose FUE hair transplant surgery over FUT.
1. FUE is minimally invasive
A FUT procedure involves surgically removing an entire strip of skin from the back of the scalp, dissecting the individual follicles, and then inserting them where the hair is balding. With FUE, individual hair follicles are extracted and inserted, which is less invasive. The procedure is usually conducted under local anesthetic, and patients can return home on the same day.
2. FUE achieves exceptional results
Because FUE takes individual hair follicles, each one can be placed with precision to ensure the hair pattern is followed, and the majority of your hair is not changed. This achieves a more natural look and is less damaging to the scalp. Take a look at the case studies on hshairclinic.co.uk for success stories from people who have undergone FUE.
3. The recovery time is much quicker
FUT transplants often require weeks of healing with many restrictions on what can and cannot be done. FUE transplants, however, is less invasive, and the scars tend to heal in a matter of days so you can get back to normal life much quicker. In addition, there is often less discomfort associated with FUE during the healing process.
4. Minimal visible scarring
When a strip of scalp is removed from the back of the scalp during FUT, it often leaves a visible linear scar. This can restrict patients in terms of how they wear their hair in the future as they may prefer to leave the hair longer to cover the scar. With FUE, there is little scarring other than dots which are not visible when the hair has grown. This enables patients to wear their hair as short as they wish to, confident that the procedure’s evidence is not visible.
5. Improved rate of graft survival
When hair follicles are relocated during a FUT procedure, the follicles’ survival rate is about 75%. With FUE, this increases up to 95%, as FUE reduces the level of trauma which the follicles endure during the procedure.
6. FUE is appropriate for more people
Some people are not viable for FUT procedures as they need to have dense enough hair at the back of the scalp from which the strip of the skin can be taken. With FUE, individual follicles from elsewhere on the head/body may be able to be used. Hair transplant surgeons will assess your suitability for the procedure during an initial consultation.
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