For many people, a healthy head of hair provides feelings of vitality, energy, youthfulness, and a sense of identity. However, baldness and thinning hair is something that affects millions of men and women around the globe. And hair loss can be a concern no matter what age you are, with many people showing noticeable hairline receding or hair loss as early as their late teens and 20s. Living with noticeable hair loss can be traumatic to young people, causing a loss of confidence and making them feel older than they are.
Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons, but if you are in your 20s or older, and are worried about hair loss, you may be exploring ways to address the problem. We have all seen those hair loss and hair restoration commercials that target people who are insecure about their balding or thinning of hair. Well, there is a lot of different information out there, so getting the right information is key to the best treatment outcomes.
As research and technology continue to grow and evolve, so does hair transplantation surgery. For those who struggle with hair loss, they feel their confidence and sense of self gradually diminish before their eyes. If you are experiencing problems with thinning hair or a receding hairline, it’s good to know that there are treatments out there that can be effective at combating hair loss. One of the most common and effective options are hair transplant treatments, such as FUT or FUE. Let’s explore the differences between the two, which will help decide which treatment may be right for you, and if hair transplantation is right for you. With either procedure, not only will your hair be restored, so will your identity and confidence.
FUE: Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular unit extraction (FUE), also known as follicular transfer (FT), is one of the two primary methods for hair restoration. FUE is a surgical technique that aims to remove a patient’s individual hair or follicular units (hair follicles) one at a time from the back of the scalp, which is known as the donor or harvesting site. This hair transplant procedure is minimally invasive, and after the hair is taken from the donor site it is transplanted into the areas of balding, or recipient areas, to create a fuller looking head of hair.
Patients who have a genetic hair loss condition called androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, or permanent hair loss of the scalp, are the best candidates for FUE hair transplantation procedure. Follicular Unit Extraction results in a more natural looking hairline, with little scarring.
FUT: Follicular Unit Transplantation
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involves removing a small strip of tissue from the back of the head, where healthy hair follicles will be extracted. The hair follicles are harvested from the strip of tissue before being individually transplanted to the recipient area. FUT typically allows for multiple grafts to be transplanted in a single session.
Some patients report higher levels of discomfort with FUT procedures compared to FUE due to swelling occurring in the area where the strip of tissue was removed for grafting. The FUT hair transplant method typically results in a very narrow linear scar in the back of the head, that will gradually start to fade with time.
While FUT is a bit quicker than FUE, Follicular Unit Extraction typically is more expensive and provides a more natural look. They both have their ups and downs, but they also will both result in a healthy-looking head of hair. After having a hair transplant, people have noted the hair transplantation procedure as an emotional and transformative experience, giving them more confidence to face life and achieve their goals.
During your initial consultation, your physician will determine which transplantation method is best for you based on multiple factors; how much hair loss you have, the size of the thinning area, quality and quantity of hair you have to be a donor site for the balding areas.
To learn more about hair loss and what hair transplantation procedure is right for you, MAXiM Hair Restoration has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today for a consultation.