Hair transplantation is a popular procedure that permanently reverses baldness. Comparing modern hair transplant techniques to their humble beginnings shows you how far they have come. All the advancements in the field are to give you better results, invisible scarring, and shorter recovery times. But with all the development comes the diversity, and if you can’t make up your mind on which technique to opt for, then read along.
What is Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation is a procedure that uses your own hair to reverse balding. The technique involves removing hair follicles from hair-rich areas and implanting them in balding areas. The region from which your doctor extracts hair follicles is the donor site, whereas the balding area that receives these hair follicles is the recipient site.
Hair Transplant Techniques
When hair transplantation technique first became an official procedure, there was only one technique to perform the procedure. But since then, the field has grown so much to cover a versatile range of techniques with unique benefits.
1- FUT Hair Transplant Technique
FUT is the oldest and least convenient hair transplant Technique that’s no longer used in many parts of the world. This technique works by removing strips of skin from your scalp to extract hair follicles. So instead of taking hair follicles out one by one, FUT hair transplant technique removes an entire strip of skin with the hair on it and then separate them one by one. Once the separation is complete, you doctor then uses a small instrument to make tiny punctures on the recipient/balding site. Every puncture houses one single hair follicle.
As for the area from which your doctor has cut a strip of scalp skin, this will be stitched. The invasive nature of the extraction phase and the stitching make FUT hair transplant technique the most visibly scarring procedure out there.
2- FUE Hair Transplant Technique
FUE hair transplant technique was an update on the FUT technique and was a revolutionary moment in the field. Instead of having to exise pieces of skin, the FUE technique allows doctors to remove hair follicles one by one. This technique will not require stitching and hence will not leave behind any visible scarring. After the extraction phase, comes the channel-opening where your doctor uses a minuscule instrument to open channels on your recipient site and implant the hair follicles in them.
3- Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant Technique
The Sapphire FUE hair transplant technique is an update on the traditional FUE technique. The extraction phase is the same between the two where your doctor will extract hair follicles individually from the donor site. The difference happens in the channel opening phase where the Sapphire hair transplant technique uses a tool made of Sapphire to open the channels on the recipient site. The use of Sapphire stimulates collagen production which in turn encourages healing. Another thing is the ultra-minuscule tip of the Sapphire tool that allows your doctor to make really small incisions during channel opening. So in short, Sapphire FUE hair transplant technique is among the best for rapid healing.
4- DHI Hair Transplant Technique
The DHI technique is another variation of the traditional FUE technique. Both the techniques involve the same extraction method where your doctor will extract hair follicles individually from the donor site. The difference comes in the channel opening phase where the doctor uses a pen like instrument to open channels and implant hair follicles at the same time.
Because the DHI technique uses one instrument to perform two steps its the most time efficient out of all the other techniques.
Book a free online consultation with Esthete Clinic to learn more about the different hair transplant techniques.