About Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair Restoration Surgery (or Hair Transplant Surgery) is a minor surgical procedure to treat the effects of Hair Loss. During the procedure, hair follicles are taken from a 'donor area', (at the back of the scalp where the hair follicles are more densely packed) and placed into incisions made by the surgeon in the balding area of the scalp.
Because the hair that we remove from the donor area is genetically programmed not to fall out because of male pattern baldness (MPB) the hair will continue growing on the bald scalp where it has been relocated, just as it would have done if it had remained in the donor area. That is why hair transplantation can give you your own hair back from an area it used to be. This is why it won't fall out again.
It is important for each patient to fully understand that having a hair transplant procedure does not create any new hair but in fact redistributes the whole existing follicle from the donor area to the recipient area.
What to Expect
Below is a chronological list of key events which take place during a typical FUT hair transplant procedure. The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic.
1. Arrival at Your Local Clinic
2. Procedure Review with Surgeon
3. Donor Area Removal
4. Graft Creation
5. Break & Refreshments
6. Lunch (Optional)
7. Recipient Site Creation & Graft Insertion
8. The Transplant is Complete
9. Discharged by Surgeon (Includes Post Op Instructions & Medications)
Types of Hair Transplant Surgery - FUT and FUE
There are 2 main methods of hair transplant surgery, both being very similar in that hair is taken from a donor area and placed into the thinning or bald areas of the scalp. The main difference between the 2 types of surgery is the way that the hair is taken (or 'harvested') from the donor area.
FUT: Follicular Unit Transplantation
This is the most common and most economical hair transplant procedure that we offer. FUT Hair transplantation involves the removal of a strip of hair follicles from the back of the head, which is then dissected and follicles grafted onto the recipient area.
FUE: Follicular Unit Extraction
This method is similar to the FUT method above but instead of taking a strip of hair from the back of the head, the follicles are harvested individually. With FUE, there is reduced scarring in the donor area and discomfort is reduced, although hair density in the donor area can be reduced and not all people are suitable.