When we have our hair loss treated we also want to make sure that there are no sign that actually had it done. However in hair restoration, the technique which is predominantly used requires an incision and stitches. This spawned the idea of developing a ‘scarless’ hair transplant technique.
A scarless hair transplant certainly gives hair loss sufferers a chance to regain their full head of hair without having to be hounded by any reminder. The answer to this dilemma is what hair restoration specialists named FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction.
But before I go on with this relatively new approach in hair restoration, let me paint to you what an FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or the typical method goes about and looks like.
FUT was developed by Dr. Bernstein with the goal of producing a more natural-looking hair transplant result compared to the hair plugs used in the past. With FUT the surgeon removes a strip of the scalp from the donor site of the patient’s head. The occipital area of the head is usually where viable hair grafts can be found. After the strip is removed the surgeon stitches the incision, while a hair technician then carefully removes each hair follicle using a high-powered microscope. Then each are then implanted into the balding site by the surgeon.
So now you know where the scar comes into the picture. Sometimes this can extend from ear to ear depending on the amount of hair to be used. For those guys who wear their hair really short, this linear scar can be visible. It’s going to look like having a large smile at the back of the head.
Over time hair restoration experts introduced FUE, largely to answer to the aesthetic limitations of FUT. FUE also removes hair from the same site however this approach uses a stainless instrument that has a hollowed center in order to punch a clear circle around the hair follicle. With FUE, each hair graft is removed directly from the scalp.
Although it may not be totally scarless, an FUE will have very tiny dots or depressions all over the donor site. But this will be so small that it can be pretty difficult to see. They are also easier to conceal especially among those who are sporting shorter hair.
Because the trauma that is introduced in an FUE procedure is relatively minor compared to an FUT, the healing time is faster and there are lesser chances of infection. Now why do we mention infection? This is because infection can delay healing which can be a good way to form scars after a hair transplant.
We might say that FUE provides better aesthetic results but it also has its limitations. This procedure yields lesser coverage compared to FUT, the reason being is to prevent damaging the hair follicles during extraction. So this approach is best for those who only require smaller hair coverage. Megasessions would have to be put off for an FUT.
However the only secret to having a ‘scarless’ procedure, or may have one that is made so neat that it will be less visible is a good surgeon. Find the time to skim through every resource that you can get your hands on to know the board-certified surgeons who were able to deliver impressive results proven by before and after photos and testimonials.