Many people get confused by industry terms when seeking information about a hair transplant. It may be because the terms are so similar and most people suffering from hair loss in Tampa do not realize that hair transplant procedures vary so widely. The two most common types of transplant today are the FUT (follicular unit transplantation) and FUE (follicular unit extraction).
Big Difference in Hair Transplant Procedures:
In both of these types of procedures, the healthy hair follicles are removed from the scalp and transplanted to areas of hair loss. But the difference is in the way that the hair follicles are harvested. FUE grafts are extracted one at a time using a small punch and FUT uses a strip where the doctor removes a strip of hair and skin from the back of your head, closes the wound and then cuts the hair into follicular units under microscopes. Once the hair is harvested, it is implanted back into the scalp either by hand or by an automated machine.
The key difference between the FUT and FUE procedure is the way the hair follicles are collected. In the FUT method (also known as the Strip Method), a doctor will remove a section of the scalp from the back of the head. This means that an incision is made with a scalpel and both hair and a large section of skin tissue are taken from the donor site. The doctor will then have to stitch up the open wound which will often leave behind a visible scar after the transplant is completed. Hair transplant recipients that have this type of surgery often must wear their hair longer to cover the scar tissue. Also some patients have complained of lasting numbness as a result of the invasive surgery. The FUT method is often less expensive because it is a simpler procedure and takes less of the doctor’s time.
FUE Hair Transplant Does Not Leave a Scar:
The FUE method involves a series of small 1mm punches in the scalp to remove hair follicles one at a time. This procedure is usually more time consuming but does not require any incisions or cuts to remove the hair. The punches can be made either by hand or now can be automated using NeoGraft technology. The automated NeoGraft procedure is not available at all hair transplant centers but the benefit is that the hair can be removed from the donor site more quickly and with less trauma to the patient. Hair transplants done using the FUE technique will not leave behind any unsightly scars so the patient can wear his or her hair short following the procedure.
According to Dr. Michael Jasin, Medical Director of the Jasin Hair Transplant Institute in Tampa, Florida, the FUE method offers patients better overall results with far fewer complications. The highly trained technicians at the Jasin Institue use the NeoGraft device to remove the hair follicles from the scalp but replace the follicles by hand. Dr. Jasin feels that this allows for the most natural looking transplant. “The hair follicles placed by hand can be better matched to the patient’s existing hair patterns and will lie correctly on the head. Once the hair grows back, it is impossible to tell that the person had a hair transplant procedure (other than the fact that they now have a full head of hair).”
If you would like more information about the Jasin Hair Transplant using NeoGraft technology, please contact the Jasin Hair Transplant Institute and schedule a complimentary consultation. During the consultation, you can learn if a hair transplant is right for you and get all the details you need to make an educated decision. Contact the Jasin Institute at 813-975-0139 or learn more about the procedure at www.JasinHair.com