Yes. Hair transplantation surgery is the only permanent method of treating hair loss. We always recommend that patients seeking treatment for hair loss try other proven methods of non-surgical treatment before considering surgery. Similarly, for those experiencing early thinning, we highly recommend prevention strategies ahead of transplant surgery, but for those who have reached irreversible stages of hair loss or who simply want a complete and permanent solution, hair restoration surgery is the best treatment possible.
Yes. With modern hair transplantation technique it is possible to obtain results that look convincingly natural. The key is in the transplantation’s technique, their attention to detail and their understanding of how to create a hairline that is natural to your face.
Not everyone is a good candidate for hair transplantation surgery.
The procedure is typically best suited for the following types of patients:
• Men who have experienced hair loss as a result of Male Pattern Baldness for a period of five years or more.
• Men who have progressed to a Class 3 or above on the Norwood Scale of Male Pattern Baldness.
• Men experiencing hair loss that is progressing despite the use of prescription drugs.
The primary different between FUE and FUT lies in the method of extraction. In FUE, grafts are removed one at a time without the use of a scalpel. Conversely FUT requires an incision to remove a strip of hair-bearing scalp, which is dissected to harvest healthy follicles.
We typically recommend FUE as the best technique for hair transplantation however, each patient is different and there are sometimes reasons that a patient may be better suited for FUT hair transplant.
FUE has a number of significant advantages as compared to FUT.
• No larges incision, stitches or scars,
• Faster recovery and little or no down time,
• No restriction of movement after surgery (typically with FUT, the healing process requires patients to refrain from heavy athletic activity),
• Allows to patients the option of wearing their hair short on the sides and back (no scar to hide).
FUE is a time-consuming and tedious process. Because of this, patients have to consider the following potential disadvantages:
• Longer procedure time is required for the same number of grafts as compared to the FUT/strip technique.
• Higher cost of procedure as compared to FUT/strip technique.
Yes. When sutured properly, a FUT hair transplant will leave only a hairline scar that is difficult to see once the surrounding hair grows longer, however there are cases where the surgeon fails to accomplish this. In these cases FUE is often used to hide or camouflage the visible scar.
Each patient’s surgery is different. Procedure time varies significantly depending upon the individual needs of the patient. Some patients are only seeking to address a small area of receding hair, whereas others may be require a full fill in. Depending upon the amount of grafts to be transplanted, the surgery can be over in as few as three hours or last as many as to eight or nine hours.