What is Hair Restoration?

On average, our head has between 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and we lose up to 100 of them every day. Hair grows in units of 1-4 hairs, which we call follicles or grafts. At any one time, 90% of our hair on our scalp is growing. Our goal during the extraction process is to maximise the yield of high quality follicles from the permanent zone.

Hair transplantation can improve hair density at the front of the head and crown by moving follicles from unaffected areas at the back of the head. Today’s procedures carry a success rate of 90-100%. On average, our head has between 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and we lose up to 100 of them every day. I know, it sounds pretty depressing.

 

There are two successful techniques for hair transplant surgery. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT or Strip Technique) surgery. Both are carried out under local anaesthetic. Both are effective, delivering natural results. One is not necessarily better than the other. The procedure type really depends on how much density and coverage you are looking to achieve.

Follicles are inserted one by one, but depending on someones’ suitability, we can utilise 2 different methods to extract them – either individually or as a strip of follicles. Regardless of the extraction method used, the final result of the hair transplant procedure will be the same – a natural-looking hairline. Both have pros and cons. The best treatment is the one that suits your needs and scalp appropriately. In some cases both procedures may be needed for a maximum result.

Follicular Unit Extraction

FUE involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from a donor area on the scalp one at a time (usually at the back of the head where the hair is plentiful) and grafting them onto the bald or thinning areas. There is no detectable scarring and, in most cases, patients are able to return to work the next day with permanent results.

FUE is a minimally invasive treatment and unlike the Strip (FUT) procedure, stitches aren’t needed after treatment. Recovery time is therefore reduced.

Based on the pattern of hair loss, it may not be possible to harvest enough hair follicles with this technique alone. This is where the strip method has it’s advantage.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation

In cases where there are not enough follicles to extract individually, then a strip of follicles can be extracted. The strip of follicles is taken from the middle-portion of the back of the head, as this area is largely immune to Dihydrotestosterone DHT.

This strip method leaves a fine pale scar at the back of your head, which is easily covered by your own hair.

Dissolvable sutures are used which are usually absorbed by 2-3 weeks, although I’d recommend removing them between 8 and 12 days after the procedure.

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