Hair transplants do work for African-American patients, and there are surgical and non-surgical options available for patients regardless of their ethnicity. This is because hair transplant procedures like FUE and FUT utilize the patient’s own, naturally growing hair as the donor tissue for the areas in which hair has thinned or loss has occurred. [Read more…]
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Although hair loss and thinning hair is typically viewed as a problem somewhat unique to men, the fact of the matter is that women are also quite likely to suffer issues associated with hair loss or thinning hair. In fact, women often suffer from a number of common conditions that may result in hair loss, not to mention the variety of habits that are also associated with hair loss or thinning hair. Each of the following can be included among common causes of hair loss in women: [Read more…]
A hair transplant failure is incredibly rare, especially if the doctor and patient have discussed pre- and post-operative care and have evaluated the risk factors unique to the individual patient. Even so, it is helpful that a patient understands all of the potential reasons a hair transplant might fail and what can be done to correct a failed hair transplant under the rare circumstance that this occurs. [Read more…]
There are few circumstances in which something can go wrong with a hair transplant, especially if the patient is in good health and follows the pre- and post-operative instructions provided by their hair transplant surgeon in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan. In the overwhelming majority of hair transplants, the end result should closely align with what was discussed during the initial consultation between the doctor and patient. It is also during this time that the doctor will be able to outline any potential issues that could arise due to circumstances unique to the patient. A relative lack of available donor tissue, for example, could make it difficult to deliver the appropriate degree of coverage in the recipient site. [Read more…]
Following the completion of a hair transplant procedure, patients should closely follow the instructions given to them by the hair transplant surgeon. This will include specific instructions regarding the ideal type of shampoo to use following the procedure. In most cases, hair transplant clinics in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, will either provide or recommend a shampoo specifically designed for use immediately following the completion of a hair transplant procedure. [Read more…]
The decision to undergo a hair transplant is not an easy one, nor is it a decision that should be taken lightly. Before making a decision one way or the other, prospective hair transplant patients should carefully weigh all of the pros and cons associated with the many different hair transplant procedures that are available. Prospective patients should also consider their own specific goals and what they hope to achieve by undergoing a hair transplant procedure, as having a specific goal in mind will serve as a critical guide during the decision-making process.
Hair transplant procedures have come a long way and have benefited tremendously from innovations that have enabled hair transplant surgeons to create completely natural-looking hairlines for men and women suffering from hair loss or thinning hair. Even with all of the advances and pioneering techniques, there are pros and cons involved in the decision to undergo a hair transplant procedure that prospective patients should be aware of. Once the patient understands the various pros and cons associated with the hair restoration process, they can make an informed decision that ensures they achieve the specific outcome they are seeking.
Among the many pros associated with a hair transplant procedure, the restored sense of confidence brought about by the end result of the procedure ranks near the very top in the eyes of many patients. With the advent of new procedures and technologies, hair restoration procedures can successfully create a natural-looking hairline along with a substantially thicker head of hair through any number of hair transplant methodologies, including Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Since these procedures rely on donor tissue taken from the actual patient, the transplanted hair blends seamlessly with the patient’s naturally occurring hair.
Although there are a few cons associated with hair restoration procedures, it is worth noting that the majority of these drawbacks relate to the patient’s own perceptions and expectations. A hair restoration will not restore the hairline one possessed in their early 20s and will not restore the follicular density possessed during youth. It is also unlikely that a patient whose hair loss is ongoing will be able to stop their hair loss through the use of a hair transplant. In fact, most hair transplant doctors in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, will recommend against a hair transplant until the patient’s hair loss has stabilized.
Patients should understand that a hair transplant is designed to improve the patient’s existing hairline and hair density while using the patient’s limited supply of donor tissue. A patient with the appropriate expectations regarding what a hair transplant can and cannot achieve is far more likely to be satisfied with the outcome generated through the hair restoration process.
The patient should make sure they ask any questions they may have during the initial consultation process, as it is during this time that the doctor will be able to outline what each procedure may be able to accomplish for the patient. The doctor will also outline the limitations associated with each procedure, thereby helping the patient understand precisely what should be expected of the hair transplant procedure.
Benefits of hair transplants
The benefits of a hair transplant are difficult to quantify, particularly since so many patients choose to undergo a hair transplant with the goal of reestablishing a lost sense of confidence and self-esteem. Part of the reason that a hair transplant is able to influence feelings of confidence and self-esteem has to do with the fact that an improved hairline and a thicker head of hair contribute to a more youthful appearance. Obviously, improvements in confidence and self-esteem can generate untold benefits that include a multitude of aspects of one’s personal life as well as one’s professional life.
Patients in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, often report feeling energized after experiencing the improvements made possible through a hair transplant procedure, and they often feel that they benefit from an increase in positive interactions with friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, and strangers, apart from potential professional advancement, particularly those in positions that require much interaction including sales and marketing. Since there is little or no evidence revealing the fact that the patient ever underwent the procedure, the patient can choose who they wish to inform about undergoing a hair transplant. This is especially the case with procedures like FUE, which is a no-scar, no-suture hair restoration technique. Even with FUT, the small horizontal scar that is left behind can be easily obscured by the patient’s remaining and naturally growing hair.
The brief recovery period associated with both FUE and FUT is also beneficial to the patient, as there should be little to no interruption to the patient’s normal schedule after undergoing a hair transplant procedure. Following FUE, the patient can return to normal activities the very next day; following FUT, patients will require some downtime, but no more than a few days before resuming regular activity and a few weeks before resuming strenuous activity.
Limitations of a hair transplant
Patients weighing the pros and cons of a hair transplant procedure must understand that there are limitations with regard to what these procedures can accomplish. Since there are limitations, a patient may have outsized expectations that are simply impossible to live up to. A patient with such outsized expectations is likely to wind up disappointed by the work of even the most exceptional hair transplant surgeon, so it is absolutely necessary for every patient to clearly understand what a hair transplant can and cannot accomplish before making a decision.
In the typical hair transplant procedure, the hair transplant surgeon will use hair from the patient’s donor site to generate an appropriate amount of coverage in the recipient site, or the places in which hair loss or thinning hair is most apparent. The most economical method for achieving adequate coverage with a limited supply of DHT-resistant donor tissue is to restore 25 percent of the number of total hair follicles that would otherwise be naturally growing in these areas. Hair transplant doctors in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, utilize this 25 percent figure since it has been repeatedly shown to create more than adequate coverage in areas affected by hair loss or thinning hair without requiring the doctor to overuse the available donor tissue.
The goal of a hair transplant is to improve the patient’s existing hairline while enhancing the overall density of the patient’s hair. Patients should therefore not expect that the hairline and hair density of their youth will be completely restored in every way, shape, and form. Vast improvements to a patient’s existing hairline and hair density, on the other hand, are completely appropriate expectations for a patient to possess when considering the possibility of undergoing a hair transplant procedure.
What to expect after a hair transplant
During the course of the initial consultation at a hair transplant clinic in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, the hair transplant surgeon will discuss what the patient should expect throughout every stage of the process, including the pre-operative and post-operative stages. It is important to note that these post-operative expectations will depend upon the specific hair transplant procedure, as the recovery process associated with FUE is different from the recovery process associated with FUT. It is also critical that the patient abide by the instructions the doctor provides, as there is a risk that ignoring the doctor’s instructions results in an adverse impact on the overall efficacy of the hair transplant procedure.
Following the completion of an FUE hair transplant procedure, patients can expect a quick recovery process and will be able to resume normal activities on the day after the procedure. This is because the FUE hair transplant procedure is a no linear scar, no-suture procedure. The FUT procedure will require a slightly lengthier recovery process, and many patients take an extra day or two off following the completion of the procedure. After a few days of taking it easy, the patient can resume their normal activities but should still exercise a bit of extra caution during the first week to 10 days.
In both the FUT and FUE procedures, the patient can expect the transplanted hair to fall out after a period of a few weeks. This is completely normal and is not cause for concern. The transplanted grafts will begin to grow new hair after about four months, and the patient should have a clear idea about the coverage the hair transplant has yielded after about six months. If the patient is hoping to achieve greater density, the six-month mark is usually the ideal time to discuss the possibility of undergoing an additional hair transplant procedure.
For patients who plan on undergoing multiple sessions of FUT, the six-month mark is also the most appropriate time to meet with the doctor in order to make a plan of action for the subsequent sessions. In some cases, one or two sessions will prove to be more than enough for patients seeking significant improvements in volume, but it will not be clear whether this is the case until the transplanted follicles have had ample time to grow following the initial procedure.
What kind of results should I expect?
A hair transplant procedure is capable of vastly improving the overall appearance of one’s hair through the enhancement of the existing hairline and through the density added to areas in which hair loss or thinning hair has become noticeable. Although it is possible to achieve marked improvements, patients should understand that there are limits to what a hair transplant can achieve and should set realistic expectations based on those limits.
Quite a few factors will determine the end result of a hair transplant procedure. The amount of viable donor tissue available to the doctor will play a significant role in how much coverage is even possible, as some patients may not have enough DHT-resistant donor tissue to generate the level of coverage they are seeking. Even with adequate donor tissue available, a patient may have to be willing to undergo multiple transplant sessions to achieve the desired amount of coverage.
While there are indeed a number of factors that will influence the possible results a hair transplant procedure is able to achieve, the patient should expect to see the kind of results outlined by the doctor during the initial consultation process. It is during this time that the doctor and patient can discuss the specific hair transplant goals of the patient and how to best go about achieving these goals.
The doctor at a hair transplant clinic in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, will be able to determine whether or not there is sufficient donor hair available and can discuss how many follicular unit grafts will be necessary to ensure that these goals are indeed achieved through the hair transplant process. It is also possible that the doctor will recommend strategies for supplementing a surgical hair transplant procedure with a non-surgical hair transplant procedure. FUE and FUT may benefit from the use of a topical solution once the grafts have taken root, and some patients can achieve the coverage they are seeking through the use of a surgical procedure in conjunction with a non-surgical option such as scalp micropigmentation.
The manner in which a facial hair transplant is performed is quite similar to the process involved in a hair transplant, but instead of targeting areas of the scalp affected by hair loss or thinning hair, a facial hair transplant focuses on the areas of the face most often associated with a beard or mustache. Like a traditional hair transplant, a facial hair transplant utilizes donor tissue taken from the back or sides of the patient’s scalp. This donor tissue will then be prepared for transplant into the surgical incisions already created by the doctor in the recipient site.
Hair transplant Doctors and patients typically prefer to utilize the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure for a facial hair transplant, but there are instances in which the extent of the coverage area will make the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) procedure the preferred option. The patient and the doctor should discuss the different options available during the initial consultation process to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved.
Facial hair transplants are far more common than most people realize, and there are quite a few reasons patients seek out the assistance of a hair transplant surgeon to address issues associated with facial hair. Many patients can point to a specific cause for their lack of facial hair, including, but not limited to, each of the following circumstances:
- Genetic predisposition
- Laser hair removal
A facial hair transplant is able to address each of these issues for patients seeking a way to create a thicker beard or mustache. This is especially beneficial for individuals whose desire for thicker or fuller facial hair growth is cultural or religious, as a beard of mustache often holds a great deal of symbolic weight and is viewed as a sign of masculinity or even a sign of religious compliance.
Facial hair transplants, beard hair transplants, mustache hair transplants, and eyebrow hair transplants are available at MAXiM Hair Restoration and other centers in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan.
How much does facial hair transplant cost?
The cost of any hair transplant is determined based on a number of factors, many of which are unique to each individual patient. The most obvious factor in determining the cost of a facial hair transplant is the size of the area the patient wishes to cover and the overall density being sought. Reputable hair restoration clinics calculate the cost of any hair transplant procedure based on the total number of grafts being transplanted, but the cost per graft will also depend on the specific type of procedure (such as FUT or FUE) being performed.
Since FUE is typically the preferred option for a facial hair transplant, the cost per graft will be more expensive than a standard FUT procedure. The geographic location in which the procedure is performed will also play a role, as an individual graft can range anywhere from $2.50 to $8 per graft based on the specific location of the clinic. An FUE procedure performed in New York or Chicago, for example, might cost between $6 and $8 per graft.
Of course, the price per graft could be substantially lower if the patient opts for a MEGA session of FUE. At the MAXiM Hair Restoration Center located in Manhattan, a MEGA Session of FUE is often priced as low as $3.95 per graft. Each individual patient will therefore have to discuss the cost of a facial hair transplant during the course of an initial consultation at a hair transplant clinic in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, as the doctor and patient will be able to select the most ideal procedure and determine the total number of grafts needed to achieve the patient’s specific facial hair transplant goals.
What is a beard hair transplant?
A beard hair transplant involves the transplantation of donor tissue taken from the back or sides of the patient’s scalp to the area of the face in which a beard traditionally grows. The surgeons in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, tend to prefer using an FUE procedure when performing a beard hair transplant, but it is also possible that the area in need of coverage requires the use of the FUT procedure instead. The most ideal procedure will ultimately depend on the individual patient’s unique hair transplant goals along with the number of hair follicles required to achieve these specific goals.
Patients seek a beard hair transplant for any number of reasons. Some may wish to have a fuller beard strictly for aesthetic purposes, while others may seek a beard hair transplant to demonstrate compliance with religious traditions or cultural norms. Whatever the reason for this procedure being sought, patients are able to generate substantial coverage through a beard hair transplant performed by an experienced hair transplant surgeon.
The beard hair transplant process is essentially the same as the traditional hair transplant process. Once the grafts are transplanted from the donor site to the recipient site, the patient can expect the transplanted hair to fall out naturally within a few weeks. After a period of four months has passed from the time of the procedure, most patients will begin to experience new growth in the recipient site.
After six months from the time of the procedure, patients should be able to see the results of the beard hair transplant procedure. The transplanted hair will continue to grow naturally and will require regular trimming, so the patient can simply treat the transplanted hair just like their naturally occurring facial hair.
What is a mustache hair transplant?
A mustache hair transplant is a facial hair transplant in which the patient seeks to establish or restore a thicker-looking mustache. Hair transplant doctors in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, typically utilize the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure when performing mustache hair transplants, as the relatively small area above the lip requires the precise placement of individual follicular units made possible by FUE. Of course, there will surely be instances in which the individual circumstances dictate the need for the doctor to utilize the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) procedure instead, but FUE is still the most likely option for the majority of patients.
Since a mustache is a desirable feature in many cultures and is sometimes viewed as a mark of one’s masculinity, many patients turn to hair restoration doctors to address thin mustache growth or a lack of growth altogether. During a mustache hair transplant procedure, the doctor will excise individual follicular units from the patient’s scalp — most often from the back or sides of the head — to be prepared for transplantation in the tiny incisions made in the recipient site.
Once the grafts have been transplanted and the procedure has been completed, the patient can expect to see the full results of the transplant after about six months. During this time, the patient should understand that it is natural for the newly transplanted hair to fall out just a few weeks after the procedure. This hair will begin to re-grow at the four-month mark, and a full mustache should be more than evident six months following the completion of the original procedure.
What is an eyebrow hair transplant?
An eyebrow hair transplant is designed to address any issue in which the eyebrows appear thin or are lacking in hair altogether. Patients seek out an eyebrow hair transplant to address any number of issues, including anything from a traumatic accident or burn to laser hair removal or electrolysis. Fortunately, thinning or lost eyebrow hair can be restored through the use of an eyebrow hair transplant procedure.
Hair transplant surgeons in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, prefer to use the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure when performing eyebrow hair transplants due to the relatively small area in need of coverage. The hair follicles are taken from a donor site located at the back or sides of the patient’s scalp and then prepared for transplant into the recipient site. Tiny incisions are made in this recipient site while the patient is under local anesthesia, and the entire procedure can be completed in about two hours or so.
The success of an eyebrow hair transplant depends on the doctor’s ability to transplant the grafts at the appropriate angle so that the transplanted hair appears completely natural. This requires an experienced and artful surgeon capable of exceptional precision, especially when one considers the prominence of the eyebrows when it comes to facial expressions.
Once completed, the transplanted hair will fall out within a few weeks and the patient will experience re-growth within four months. After six months, the patient should see the full results of the procedure and should already be caring for the transplanted eyebrow hair as though it were natural growth.
FUE is an acronym commonly used to refer to Follicular Unit Extraction, which is a type of advanced hair transplant procedure in which individual follicular units are taken from the donor area and transplanted into the recipient site. Due to the fact that the FUE procedure involves the excision of individual follicular units as opposed to the surgical removal of a strip of donor tissue, Follicular Unit Extractions are known as a no linear scar, no-suture option.
An FUE hair transplant is also a more time-consuming option due to the fact that individual follicular units are excised and then transplanted into the recipient site. A session in which 1,500 to 2,000 grafts are transplanted will take much more time during an FUE session as opposed to an FUT session, but it is also possible for multiple sessions to be performed on consecutive days due to the speedier recovery process associated with FUE.
- What is an FUE mega session?
- How long does it take to complete a session of FUE?
- How long is the recovery period for FUE?
- Which procedure is better: FUT or FUE?
Patients should recognize that there are advantages and disadvantages inherent in any hair restoration procedure, and it is often a matter of identifying one’s own priorities and preferences when it comes to determining which procedure is best. The answers to each of the questions referenced above will certainly help any patient determine the most ideal procedure based on his or her own specific hair restoration needs.
It is also worth noting that there is no way to overstate the importance of seeking out a hair transplant surgeon capable of performing the most advanced and innovative hair transplant procedures while using the latest developments in medical technology. An experienced surgeon will be able to ensure that the patient benefits from the hair transplant procedure to the greatest degree possible by artfully crafting a new and natural-looking hairline while restoring volume and thickness to the patient’s hair.
Few things are more important than working with a hair transplant doctor who engenders a sense of confidence and trust in the patient, so it is imperative that anyone considering a hair transplant works diligently to identify a highly qualified surgeon and a reputable hair transplant clinic before going forward with a procedure.
FUE Hair Transplant is available at MAXiM Hair Restoration and other providers inNew York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan.
What is an FUE mega session?
An FUE mega session is a version of the standard Follicular Unit Extraction in which the patient has as many as 4,000 individual follicular grafts transplanted at once. This is more than double the number of follicular grafts typically transplanted during the traditional FUE procedure, as most FUE transplants involve 1,000 to 2,000 grafts. For patients seeking to restore a great deal of volume to the areas of their scalp adversely affected by hair loss, multiple sessions of the traditional FUE procedure might be necessary.
With the availability of the FUE mega session, patients in need of extensive coverage and a natural-looking hairline can opt for a single session of FUE rather than undergoing multiple procedures. For patients with substantial hair loss, a mega session will reduce the subsequent sessions of FUE required to generate the amount of coverage being sought. As an additional benefit, FUE is known for its status as a no-scar, no-suture procedure, allowing patients a faster recovery time in which they may return to normal activities as soon as the day following the procedure.
It is always best for patients to consider the totality of available options before making a decision regarding a hair transplant procedure. Patients seeking to restore significant hair density through a no-scar, no-suture procedure may find that an FUE mega session is the best option available. It is then critical for the patient to select a facility that specializes in hair transplant procedures and is capable of performing an FUE transplant involving up to 4,000 individual follicular grafts.
FUE megasession is available inNew York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan.
How long does FUE take?
The length of time required to complete an FUE procedure will vary considerably depending on several critical factors, with the number of follicular units being transplanted being the most influential component. As a general rule, however, an FUE procedure will require more time to complete than an FUT procedure due to the number of follicular units included in each graft (FUT procedures utilize follicular units that include between one and three follicles per graft; FUE procedures utilize follicular units featuring one follicle per graft).
Patients undergoing an FUE transplant at a hair transplant clinic in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, can expect a single session of the procedure to require up to eight hours to complete. This is the case even with an experienced doctor supported by a team of nurses and surgical assistants, as the simple fact of the matter is that it requires a great deal of time to transplant anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 grafts (or up to 4,000 follicular unit grafts in a mega session). The trade-off for the length of time required for a single session of FUE is the reduced recovery time and the lack of a scar or the need for sutures.
Which procedure is better: FUT or FUE?
During the course of an initial consultation at a hair transplant clinic in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut;Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, hair transplant surgeons are often asked which procedure is better: FUT or FUE? Without any information about the patient and his or her specific hair transplant needs, it is simply not possible to determine which procedure is the best since both offer benefits that each patient will view quite differently. This is why it is advisable for patients to schedule an initial consultation with a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon to discuss which treatment options are most ideal based on the individual patient’s unique hair restoration needs.
A patient whose priority is to restore the greatest possible volume in the most economical way might prefer the FUT procedure as opposed to the FUE procedure. On the other hand, a patient whose priority is to avoid scarring and who does not wish have their normal activities interrupted by the need to recover from the procedure might prefer the FUE procedure to the FUT procedure. An experienced hair transplant surgeon can play a vital role in helping the patient determine which procedure most closely aligns with their priorities and with the goals they hope to achieve through a hair transplant procedure.
When choosing between the FUT procedure and the FUE procedure, patients should understand the specific qualities that differentiate the two procedures since both are effective hair restoration options. The FUT procedure allows patients to have a greater number of grafts transplanted during a single session, but the recovery time is slightly longer than FUE. Doctors performing the FUT procedure usually recommend a period of six months between sessions of FUT, so a patient requiring more than 3,000 grafts (up to 5,000 individual follicles or more) will have to wait a bit longer to see the final result of their hair transplant.
The FUE procedure allows the patient to undergo multiple procedures on consecutive days due to the fact that the FUE procedure does not involve the excision of a strip of donor tissue. Since individual follicular units are surgically removed from the donor site, there is no horizontal scar and patients can return for additional procedures on the days that follow the initial procedure. Patients also have the option of undergoing a mega session of FUE in which up to 4,000 follicular unit grafts are transplanted during a single session.
Many of the benefits associated with FUE also result in its status as the more time-intensive procedure when compared to FUT. As a result of the time required to complete each session, FUE tends to be the costlier option when compared to FUT. Ultimately, it will be up to the patient and the doctor to select the procedure that best meets the patient’s individual needs and priorities, as each patient will value the benefits of each procedure quite differently.