Hair restoration comes in many forms. Some claim the answer comes in the form of a pill or vitamin, while others swear by unproven methods like laser treatments, but the most well-informed hair loss experts understand that hair transplant surgery produces optimal results in the restoration of hair loss. Hair transplant surgery comes in two forms: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Dr. Lupanzula chooses to perform FUE on his patients due to its advantages over any other form of hair restoration option available.
FUT and FUE: What’s the Difference?
FUT and FUE have some similarities that make them both viable options for hair restoration, but FUE stands out as the clear choice for anyone wishing for effective hair regrowth without painful excisions and noticeable scars. Both procedures utilize the same process of transplanting hair from donor sites along the back and sides of the scalp to replace inactive follicles on the top and front of the head, but differ in the manner they employ to harvest the follicular units.
Follicular units harvested during FUT are taken from a strip of skin removed from the back or sides of the scalp. The follicular units are extracted and separated from the strip in preparation for transplantation. By removing a piece of the scalp, sutures are needed to close the wound, leaving behind a large scar that can be a telltale sign of hair restoration surgery.
During FUE, follicular units are removed individually from donor sites with a handheld punch device, minimizing scarring and leaving the scalp intact. By avoiding any sort of excision, stitches are not required and scarring is greatly reduced. Small, circular white scars may exist from where hair was removed along the donor sites, but they are very faint and much more easily hidden than large FUT scars.
FUE Results and Regrowth
Once the newly-transplanted hair follicles heal and settle in, it takes about three to five months to begin regrowth. Final results develop between 12 and 15 months after the procedure for hair that blends in seamlessly with its surroundings. Due to the precise nature of FUE, over 90 percent of follicular units survive the grafting process and show regrowth. Patients of FUE can enjoy a natural-looking full head of hair without scars or a lengthy recovery period.
If you are looking for an effective hair regrowth procedure to address your thinning and receding hair, FUE is the clear choice. Contact Medikemos Hair Transplantation Clinic today at 44 20 7129 1227 to schedule your FUE consultation with Dr. Lupanzula.