What Is a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a cosmetic procedure performed to promote the growth of thick, luscious hair in areas where a patient is experiencing thinning hair or hair loss. There are several effective methods of hair transplantation, but generally, the procedure involves transferring healthy hair follicles from the patient’s scalp and transferring them to the area affected by hair loss. As a result, the transferred follicles increase the hair density in the area.
Covered below are the two primary methods of hair transplantation offered by Dr. Sturm:
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplantation is a technique in which healthy hair follicles are individually harvested from the back of your scalp. Those follicles are then carefully placed in the area where you’re looking to stimulate growth, which can be the scalp, beard, or eyebrows. One benefit to the FUE method is that it does not leave a visible linear scar. The length and extent of the procedure can vary significantly depending on how many follicles you’re having transplanted. This is the preferred technique of Dr. Sturm.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as the “strip method” of hair transplantation, is a method in which many healthy hair follicles are harvested simultaneously in a strip using an incision in the back of your scalp. The harvested follicles are then carefully placed in the area where you’re experiencing hair loss, just like they would be with the FUE method. The FUT technique requires a linear scar in the scalp, but it also allows more high-quality follicles to be transplanted.