Is an FUE Hair Transplant Right for Me?
For those of you new to hair transplants and if you’re new to researching hair restoration procedures, welcome! Whether you have put in some research already or you’re brand new and simply starting your journey, you should know about FUE procedures, or Follicular Unit Extraction transplants. The beauty of FUE transplants is the lack of visible scarring from the donor area. This is a big positive and one of the reasons Best Hair Transplant gets so many requests for the procedure from patients in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and beyond.
The alternative, of course, is FUT, or the Follicular Unit Transplant procedure. Both procedures have their positives and negatives, so it is important to be informed and decide which procedure will be best for you. Of course, it is always important to consult with a knowledgable hair transplant surgeon to discuss your hair’s current state, growth patterns, and rate of loss. These details will help you both make an informed and practical decision.
FUT or FUE – What Should I Do?
In FUE hair transplants, hair grafts are extracted as individual follicular units. This means singular or small sections of hair follicles are extracted from the donor area of the scalp. This leaves small, indistinguishable holes where the follicle was extracted.
However, a FUT procedure calls to actually pull a section of the scalp from the donor area. Next, the two ends of the scalp are stitched together. That is why FUT procedures are also known as “strip harvesting.” At this point, small pieces of the donor portion of the scalp are sectioned off. Finally, in either your FUT or FUE procedure, the follicles are then implanted into the portion of your scalp where you’re looking to regrow lost hair.
Essentially, donor harvesting for FUT is done with a single elliptical excision followed by suturing. Of course, the significant disadvantage of single strip harvesting is the resulting linear donor scar. Additionally, the scalp will be slightly tighter as you have removed a strip of skin for the transplant.
A skilled physician like Dr. Ronald Philip Chao knows that when it comes to FUT, there is an art to the removal and stitching of the area to allow. His skilled hands provide natural healing to hide the scar with the remaining hair and suture it to grow in the same directions as your hair would have in the first place.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION
In FUE transplants, the extraction of the follicular unit is dependent on the principle that the muscle attachment to the follicular unit is the tightest zone. Once this is loosened and separated from the surrounding tissue layer, the segment can be extracted easily. Because the follicular unit is narrowest at the surface, one needs to use small micro punches. Therefore, the resulting micro scars are too small to be noticed.
The limitation of the FUE technique is that it is not possible to identify the bulge of the hair from outside. Consequently, the procedure can be slower and more difficult, especially for an inexperienced surgeon. The procedure takes longer than FUT, as each unit has to be pulled out slowly and precisely. However, an experienced hair transplant surgeon like Dr. Ronald Philip Chao has the hand-eye coordination and skillset to deliver the results you’re looking to achieve.
On the day of the procedure, the entire donor area from the back of the head is trimmed to 1–2 mm length. Grafts are then punched out using a specialized tool after administering a local anesthetic. These grafts may consist of 1 to 4 or even 5 or 6 hairs. This is the most time consuming and tedious part of the whole procedure. Finally, the grafts are transplanted into designated bald or patchy areas. Healing time is less than a FUT hair transplant operation and pain is minimal.
Will FUE be the Best Choice for Me?
Deciding which patients will benefit most from FUE hair transplant procedures takes a number of factors into consideration. Patients with limited hair loss and those who require small sessions often benefit from FUE procedures. This group includes some patients with androgenic alopecia. Additionally, patients with minimal balding or patchy balding areas may opt for a FUE hair transplant.
FUE transplants are also frequently used for patients who enjoy wearing their hair in short styles. Naturally, this is due to the fact that scars from FUT hair transplants would be more visible with more of the scalp exposed. Additionally, FUE procedures are a great option for individuals who have issues with dermatological conditions, have a fear of or aversion to scars, and those who have issues healing from surgical incisions. Finally, FUE procedures may be an option for individuals who have already had a FUT procedure.
A PERMANENT HAIR LOSS SOLUTION
If you suffer from male pattern baldness, thinning hair, patchy baldness, alopecia, or a receding hairline, the team at Best Hair Transplant in Redondo Beach is ready to take your call. At Best Hair Transplant, you will learn about the options that we offer and the various methods we use to get your hair back. Additionally, you’ll discover that Best Hair Transplant offers the best prices on hair transplants in the Los Angeles area.
HAIR RESTORATION EXPERT DR. RONALD PHILIP CHAO, MD
PRACTICING FOR 20 YEARS
- UC Berkely & Yale Trained Surgeon
- Residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio
- Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS)
- Research Fellowship at Cornell University Medical College
Dr. Ronald Philip Chao is one of the top hair restoration surgeons in the Los Angeles area. For many years, Dr. Chao has delivered results with exceptional patient care, discretion, and pride in his work.
WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR WORK
If you’re one of the 80 million Americans suffering from hair loss, the regenerative medical team at Best Hair Transplant suggests learning as much as possible about hair restoration prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.
That’s why at Best Hair Transplant in Redondo Beach, we pride ourselves in helping our patients choose the best procedure for them. It’s important to thoroughly research your hair restoration doctor before having the procedure performed. Not all doctors are equal and not all are as skilled, focused, or dedicated to performing hair transplant procedures. For your benefit, ask to see “Before & After” photos.
At Best Hair Transplant, we’re proud of our results and happy to provide them. They can be viewed HERE. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to look into the patient experience. Reviews and testimonials from Best Hair Transplant’s vast assortment of satisfied clients can be viewed HERE.
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