Deciding to get a hair transplant can be a difficult decision for many. While there is the anticipation of relief from years of baldness, there are also a million unanswered questions. At the same time, people around you are likely to compound the confusion by making you believe certain myths related to hair transplantation. The picture then becomes grim indeed, as you keep oscillating between the two extremes of going for the treatment and living life as before. In this post, I’d like to explain the two basic methodologies of hair transplant that are commonly used. Their relative merits and uses are also explained.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
The FUT method is more of a sweeping method, in which large portions of baldness are covered in one go. The way it’s done is that a relatively large area of scalp is cut off from the donor’s hair line and is used in grafting. This makes it a quicker treatment, as no fine work is required for individual follicles. But this does make this method more inconvenient. That’s because a larger section is operated on, and deep cuts and stitches result at the end, which take longer to heal and recover. As such, it is to be preferred by people who have large areas of baldness that can be quickly covered in patches. Some experts maintain that because lesser area of the scalp is directly affected in this method, it gives superior results to the other one (FUE). Your surgeon many feel differently, so make sure you clarify this point when you have your first appointment.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
In this method, individual units of hair follicles are extracted from the donor and planted on to the area that has gone bald. Naturally, this method takes quite longâ€”sometimes as long as a few hoursâ€”and is often quite painful. While the pain is managed with the help of local anesthesia, some amount of discomfort has to be tolerated. Another advantage with this method is that there are no scars and the recovery is also quicker. As such, this method should be used by people who have small areas of baldness, females, children, and people with busy lifestyles. That said, there might be minor scars in this method, although these will not be visible once the hair grows back to normal.
Whichever method you opt, make sure that you understand the pre and post-surgery situation correctly. For instance, most surgeons would have you go bald before undertaking the grafting operation, which is naturally very difficult for most people, especially females. Also, make sure you know about the extensive maintenance that follows for a few days after the surgery; while post full growth of hair there is minimal or no maintenance required, the days immediately following the transplant are an exception.
If you are looking for a good hair transplant in Delhi, these tips will be helpful. Stay informed and make the right choice. It’s not only your right but your duty towards yourself and your hair!