Due to rapid technological advancements in the field of hair transplantation, few different methods are being simultaneously used nowadays. This raises some questions in the minds of many who want to be informed about hair transplant. So, we describe these methods in simple terms in the following:
Hair Transplantation with FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) Technique
FUT, also known as the classical method, can be literally described as a surgical operation. In this technique, follicles are extracted from the scalp as strips that are 2 cm of width and 20 cm of length and transplanted into recipient areas. This is a challenging operation that requires expertise.
Hair Transplantation with FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) Technique
FUE is the most advanced hair transplantation technique. In FUE, each follicle is separately harvested with the help of special fine-tipped needles rather than extracting them as a whole. It is the most prevalent technique due to advantages such as better implementation process, more successful results and shorter recovery time.
Advantages of FUE Technique Compared to Classical Method (FUT)
* Survival chance of the follicles during transplantation is higher in FUE technique, meaning that more follicles can be implanted.
* Implementation of the classical method may cause a temporary loss of sensation in the donor area. No loss of sensation is experienced in the FUE method.
* Implementation of the classical method leaves noticeable scars on the donor area, but that is not the case for the FUE technique.
* No incision is required in FUE.
* FUE provides more natural-looking outcomes compared to the classical method.
* More follicles can be implanted in a single session compared to the classical method.
* Recovery is much faster compared to the classical method.
* Implementation of the classical method may require the patient care for his/her wounds for 2 weeks after the surgery, this is not the case with the FUE technique.
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
DHI is not a method by itself, but rather a variation of the FUE technique. The reason why it is separately named is that it uses a medical instrument that can open channels and implant follicles simultaneously.