Hair Transplant Surgery Overview
Hair Transplant Surgery involves taking healthy, loss-resistant hair from a donor area of your scalp and carefully transplanting it into areas where you have experienced hair loss.
The donor area is usually at the back of your head and behind/above your ears where the hair growth is naturally resistant to hair loss. The transplanted hair continues to grow naturally and is firmly and permanently implanted.
Human hair grows in little packets called “grafts” containing one to four hairs. There are two different ways to extract donor hair grafts: the “F.U.E.” method (Follicular Unit Extraction) and the “F.U.T.” method (“Follicular Unit Transplant“).
While the names of these methods are not particularly helpful, it is essential to understand the difference between them. F.U.E. is performed with a specialized punch-like surgical device that extracts one graft unit at a time. FUE does not leave a linear scar, but does leave tiny scars at each puncture point. These scars are not easy to see. Our experience with FUE also shows that the successful growth rate is lower than the FUT method. Thousands of punctures are performed over a wide area to extract the required number of grafts.
F.U.T. is more aptly known as the “Strip Excision” technique and is accomplished by removing a strip that contains hundreds or thousands of hair grafts from the donor area. A small scar will be left where the strip was removed. Advanced techniques (trichophytic closure) ensure the scar is minimal, and proper planning ensures it is not visible. After the strip is removed, it is further processed and individual grafts are excised under a microscope in preparation for transplant. Most of our full-length videos feature a “donor area comb-through” section near the end of each video that clearly shows how trivial and imperceptible the scar can be.
The benefits and pitfalls of each method are hotly debated on the Hair Transplant forums, and we encourage you to find out as much as possible about both methods.
Dr. Hasson and Dr. Wong are pioneers of the FUT/Strip method and have been refining the procedure for almost 20 years. Their experience is that the end result of Strip Excision are simply better. They have seen that the Strip method yields more grafts in a single session and that the grafts grow more consistently. The Strip method also makes it possible to perform “megasessions” which can reduce the number of surgeries required to attain the desired results and “dense packing” which allows us to more closely mimic the natural density patients desire.
Hasson and Wong have also developed and continue to refine the “Lateral Slit Technique” which is a highly specialized method of planting the transplanted hair grafts. They use this method to create natural-looking hairlines and to restore as much natural density as possible.
The success of hair transplant surgery is greatly dependent on the quality, volume and density of your donor hair. Read more to find out if a hair transplant is a suitable solution for you.