If there’s any good news to be had in losing your hair, it’s that there’s more of it that can be used to restore areas are thinning or going bald.
That’s what hair transplantation is all about. It’s achieved by grafting – or removing – follicles from the back of the head and implanting them in areas that need it. So what are the different kind of hair implants?
There are two forms of hair implantation, either by Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The FUT method involves the removal of a strip of scalp from the back of your head and its dissection into individual grafts, while the FUE method involves taking individual follicles from the back of the head one by one.
Either way, the rest of the process is the same. Miniscule sites are created in the balding areas of the scalp using fine blades and needles so that the grafts can be inserted in the sites. The FUE procedure is a bit tedious and may take a few hours, but it’s painless because the area is numbed with a local anesthetic.
Both types of hair implants have their advantages. For example, with the FUT method, larger areas of sparse hair or baldness can be covered in fewer sessions. With the FUE method, you don’t need to have an entire strip of scalp, there are no cuts, stitches or scars, and the recovery time is much faster, allowing you to return to work within a day or two.
Choosing the right kind of hair implant
Know that you understand the different types of implants, which type is best for you? That depends on your individual needs. Clients with larger areas of baldness and would like it covered in a single session should opt for the FUT method, while the FUE method is more suitable for clients who:
- Have smaller areas of thinning or baldness – particularly women.
- Want to wear a shorter hairstyle.
- Have an active, sporty lifestyle.
- Prefer a less invasive procedure without cuts and stitches on the scalp.
- Want a faster recovery.
In addition to providing an effective solution for pattern baldness, implants can be used to restore hair on other parts of the body including eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair and chest hair. They also help fill in scars that are the result of an accident or surgery such as a facelift or a previous hair transplant.
To learn more about the different kinds of hair implants and how the right technique can improve your appearance, contact the experts at MAXiM Hair Restoration for a free initial consultation. Our skilled plastic and hair transplant surgeons artfully create attractive hairlines for both men and women with hair loss every day. We also have conveniently located hair restoration centers throughout the U.S. and around the globe – including New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Newport Beach, the Washington, DC area, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Manila, Philippines.