Hair transplantation is one of the best and most permanent solutions to both male and female pattern baldness and hair thinning. The transplantation or restoration process primarily includes removal of hair follicles from the back or sides of the scalp (donor area) and replant them on bald patches or regions with scanty hair growth (recipient area).
The three most widely practiced hair transplantation techniques are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and Aesthetic Hair Implants. In the former two methods, the hair follicles or grafts are extracted after the application of a local anesthetic injection. The third method, on the other hand, is much more advanced and sophisticated and provides better results (more about this at the end!). All these procedures have their advantages and limitations, and it is essential to educate yourself properly about them before opting for a hair transplant.
In this procedure a strip of skin tissue along with the hair follicles is surgically removed from the donor area as the hair in this region is usually much more resistant to hormonal changes. The tissue is then further dissected into smaller grafts. These grafts or follicular units are transplanted into the recipient area accordingly.
While the FUT procedure is advantageous in the sense that it efficiently covers larger bald patches in a few sittings; a significant disadvantage is that since the skin is removed from the back of the head, it may leave a permanent, visible scar. Due to this reason, individuals cannot opt for short hairstyles. Also, the process can be painful.
In this process, individual hair follicles are extracted using microneedles with a diameter ranging between 0.5-0.8 mm. The hair follicles are randomly extracted from the donor area and are transplanted to the recipient area. Since there is no removal of the skin, you don’t have to worry about scars or less density of hair in the donor area.
When both these techniques are compared, the general inclination is usually towards FUE due to the following reasons:
- It is a pain-free process that involves minimal risk of scarring.
- The recovery period is less compared to FUT.
- The extraction marks are hardly visible
- The per sq. cm. density of hair is higher in this method, that is, about 60-70 strands.
The only disadvantages of FUE method are that it is time-consuming and more expensive of the two procedures. But due to robotics, the time taken to complete the FUE process has now been considerably reduced.
Apart from minor differences in the techniques, both these procedures guarantee good results if conducted skillfully by expert surgeons. The cost of a single hair graft in FUT can range anywhere between Rs.30 to Rs.40, in FUE it is considerably higher, ranging between Rs. 35 to Rs.100 per graft.
Who Should Opt For FUT?
FUT is ideal for individuals who –
- Have larger areas of bald patches.
- Always maintain long hairstyles.
- Do not mind pain, scars, and stitches.
- Are looking for a cheap but permanent solution to hair thinning and baldness.
Who Should Opt For FUE?
FUE is ideal for people who –
- Have smaller bald patches to cover.
- Are looking for a painless and quick procedure.
- Have active lifestyles and hence, need to maintain shorter manes.
- Prefer faster recovery.
What is AHI?
AHI is a hair transplant technique that has changed the face of hair transplant in the country. It uses state-of-the-art technology to provide much more aesthetic looking dense hair. The hair planted using this method is also guaranteed to stay longer and stronger. It is minimally invasive and completely skin-friendly. It was introduced in India by the expert trichologists Dr. Apoorva Shah and Dr. Sonal Shah. The AHI technique uses a patented implanter pen that allows implantation of a much higher number of grafts / hairs per sq. cm. than the traditional methods. The replanted hair starts to grow about 2-3 months after treatment at the rate of ½ cm/month. In about 6-8 months you can see positive changes in your hair. Check out RichFeel reviews which are easily accessible online.
Although FUT and FUE are still widely practiced, the AHI technique is gaining in popularity, owing to the clear benefits it offers over the other two techniques.