Even though hair loss is not some kind of disease that affects our ability to carry on with regular activities, many people (especially men) are seriously concerned when they notice the signs of hair loss. According to some statistics, around 65% of men experience hair loss (at least to some degree) by 35, and this number is significantly higher in men over 50 (9 out of 10). (1) There are people who believe that this is just an aesthetic issue, but men dealing with hair loss know that hair loss can trigger some strong psychological issues.
There are many different hair loss treatments today, but the follicular unit extraction (FUE) and the follicular unit transplant (FUT) are considered to be the most advanced treatments. This is the main reason why the best clinics like Baruch Hair Transplant Centre offer both surgical procedures. Now let’s highlight the benefits of these hair loss treatments.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
FUE or follicular unit extraction is a unique hair transplantation technique in which a surgeon collects hair from the so-called donor area, one follicular unit by one. (2) When we say donor area, we mean the area at the sides of the head and at the back of the head.
There are many different advantages associated with FUE. For instance, this method allows patients to shave their hair to a #1 cut. This is something that you can’t expect from FUT. Of course, another great advantage is that FUE provides a very natural appearance. Even though both procedures will leave scarring, the scarring in follicular unit extraction is scattered all over the scalp making it less visible. In other words, there is no linear scar once the procedure is finished. Just like any other surgical procedure, FUE requires some recovery and healing time. The good news is that this healing lasts just a few days. Complete recovery is over in about ten days. It’s also worth mentioning that FUE guarantees low postoperative discomfort. You can leave the clinic once the procedure is over.
Follicular unit transplant (FUT)
FUE and FUT are not completely different. Follicular unit transplant is a little bit simpler. It relies on intrusive techniques – the doctor cuts a strip of tissue from the patient’s scalp. After that, they cut this tissue into many follicular units. Finally, the doctor creates special holes in the areas that are affected by hair loss and places these units.
The main advantage of FUT is the high quality of transplanted hair because it comes from the healthiest parts of the head. In addition, harvesting surgery is conducted in a very short period of time. Finally, the fact is that the new hair is more stable and less prone to falling out.
As you can see, both Follicular unit extraction and follicular unit transplant come with certain advantages. By consulting a professional surgeon like the ones from Baruch Hair Transplant Centre, you should be able make the right choice.