A hair transplant is where hair follicles are surgically removed from the back of your head and then transplanted into an area where you have lost hair, usually at the crown or on the hairline. Read more HERE.
There are two types of hair transplant, FUT (strip) and FUE. FUT or strip transplants were the predecessor of FUE transplants.
In an FUT procedure a surgeon will remove a small strip of skin from the back of your head, and stitch the gap together. The surgeon will then extract the hair follicles from that donor strip and implant them in to the area you have hair loss. A FUT procedure is slightly faster and the donor area heals quicker, but it will leave a horizontal scar at the back of your head. So you will not be able to cut your hair short without it being visible.
FUE transplants are the more modern option and do not leave a scar. In an FUE transplant a surgeon will extract small skin grafts one by one from the back of your head. A graft will be between 1-3mm in diameter and will contain between 2 and 5 individual hair follicles. The surgeon will take a number of grafts and then extract the individual follicles from the grafts and implant them in to an area where you have hair loss. This process takes a little longer, costs a little more, but leaves no scarring.
The implanting of hairs does not differ between FUT and FUE. The only difference is the extraction method.
Hair transplant surgery dates back as early as the 50’s, but has really come along massively over the last 10 – 15 years. So doctors have been performing these procedures and perfecting them for years. In the realm of cosmetic procedure’s hair transplants are considered to be one of the least invasive and one of the more straight forward procedures.
Typically a hair transplant procedure can be done in a day. Larger procedures may take two days, one for extraction and one for implanting. Healing is fast, just a few weeks. But it can take up to 12 months for you to see the full effect of the transplant, because your transplanted follicles go through shock and need a couple of months before they can start growing new hairs.
Before considering a transplant you may want to look at trying some hair loss products.