New To The Hair Transplantation World
If you’re new to the world of hair transplantation then a lot of the terminology and procedural concepts may seem a little confusing. The best course of action is always to book an appointment with a registered practitioner so that you can get the top advice you need, specifically tailored to your own hair loss concerns.
It may be helpful, however, to have a basic understanding of the options available before you schedule any meeting. The two most important concepts to understand is FUT and FUE transplantations.
What Do FUT And FUE Mean?
FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation and can also be referred to as Strip Transplantation. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. These are the two main surgery techniques that are available to a potential patient. They both, however, work from the same basic concept of removing hair from the back of the scalp and transplanting it to an area that is thinning or already gone bald.
Hair grows in tiny groups, anywhere between 1 and 4 hairs in a group. These groups are called Follicular Units. These units consist of the hair itself and the follicle – a sac-like structure beneath the scalp which produces and nourishes new hair growth. A person with thicker hair will have follicular units with up to five hairs. On average there are 90-120 units, or 100-250 hairs, per square centimeter. Around a third of all follicles in the donor area may be extracted.
The aim of hair transplantation is to remove these units – both the hair and the follicle – without damaging the follicles
There are various types of reasons for a person’s balding, but all lead to follicles failing to product new strands of hair. When undamaged follicles are successfully transplanted these follicles will continue to produce fresh hair strands, just as they did before they were extracted and in their original position.
With surgery utilizing the Follicular Unit Transplantation – or strip – technique a long, thin sliver of tissue is removed from the donor area in the back and sides of the scalp. This strip contains the undamaged, individual follicular units.
With Follicular Unit Extraction, the follicles are instead harvested not in a strip, but individually, through small circular incisions over a considerably larger area of the donor zone leaving tiny, round, white scars.
Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. FUT very often gives the highest yield of hair. When a patient’s primary goal is to achieve maximum fullness from the hair restoration, FUT should be considered.
FUE has the advantage that there is no linear donor scar, with faster post-surgery recovery time. This is a significant factor if you are planning to have your hair short. It also provides an alternative when the scalp is too tight or too loose for FUT. It also allows the option to harvest finer hair from the nape of the neck.
With FUE, however, there is a greater risk of the follicular units getting transected during the harvesting. This is because with this technique only the upper part of the follicle can be seen at the time of extraction. This is, however, less of a concern when dealing with Dr. Robert Jones and his highly skilled team. Dr. Jones is the only doctor in GTA offering 3000-4000 graft FUE in one single session.
To fully know what option or combination of options works best for you, please make an appointment with the Toronto Hair Transplant Centre. Whatever option is decided we know that you will be satisfied with the results. Take a look at our before and after page, sometimes the difference from just a single procedure can be quite staggering.