Importance of Hair Extraction for Hair Transplant Surgery
Regardless of gender and age, baldness can affect anyone and at any point of life. Moreover, premature balding has a devastating effect on our self-esteem as well. Before the patients even realise, they drawback themselves from social events and get-togethers because of the significant disadvantage one has in their personality after extreme hair loss. With various options ofhair restoration available, one does not have to worry about losing excessive hair or going bald. With a hair transplant, one can successfully restore not only their hair but their lost confidence as well.
Today, with state-of-the-art equipment, hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure that regrows your lost hair with time and patience. The surgery requires the extraction of healthy hair grafts from the back of your head, which is the donor site, and then successfully transplant the donor grafts into the balding or the thinning portion of the scalp. The hair grafts from the donor site may contain one to four healthy hair follicles. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are the two major hair transplant procedures which deliver favourable and satisfying outcomes.
Choose the better procedure which yields natural and healthy-looking hair.
The choice of graft extraction method is dependent on the grade and progression of baldness, availability of donor, age and expectations of the patient etc. Both the techniques FUE and FUT have their own advantages and limitations. More often than not, the surgeon requires to combine both the techniques to retrieve large no of grafts.
FUE hair transplant requires the surgeon to individually extract each hair graft from the donor site and then transplant it into the recipient site of the head. FUT, on the other hand, requires strip extraction from the donor area and careful microscopic dissection of the strip to retrieve the grafts.An experienced surgeon would always choose the technique in the best interest of his patient.
Individual characteristics of FUE and FUT hair extraction:
- The pain and downtime is comparatively lesser in FUE than FUT
- FUT leaves behind a thin linear scar, while FUE leaves behind multiple small scars.
- FUE gives more proportion of multigrafts because of the freedom to choose graft while extraction.
- FUT can be repeated during second transplant while repeating FUE is not advisable.
- FUT does not affect the donor density in the area above and below the scar, while in FUE the extraction is done diffusely from the donor area.
- FUT can be used for long hair transplant while FUE can not be.
Conclusion The final decision on the extraction technique should be made in unison by both the surgeon and the patient after discussing all the facts and requirements. There is no one best technique of hair transplantation. As one shoe doesn’t fit all, like wise a single plan cant be applicable on all patients.
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