Hair loss treatments come in many shapes and sizes. There’s no one size-fits-all hair restoration treatment for all hair loss patients.
There are several contributing factors that determine the patient’s candidacy for each technique of hair transplantation.
Patients are spoilt for choice when it comes to hair restoration procedures. Hair restoration treatments run the gamut of non-surgical—including Mesotherapy and PRP— to the popular surgical options.
With so much on offer, many hair loss patients are scratching their bald patches in search for the most appropriate hair loss treatment that can meet their needs and, more importantly, their budget.
Types and techniques of hair transplantations and their ideal candidates
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant
Follicular unit extraction hair transplant surgery is one of the commonly performed hair restoration treatments due to its minimally invasive nature.
The procedure uses a specialized equipment to harvest and transplant individual hair follicles from the back of the head.
Once extracted from the donor area, the follicular units are then transplanted to the balding area.
The result of follicular unit extraction is natural looking hair—and with minimal post-operative pain.
Who’s it for:
Hair loss patients looking for a minimally invasive hair restoration surgery—that delivers natural looking results—are ideal candidates for follicular unit extraction hair transplant.
Follicular unit transplant surgery
Follicular unit transplantation, also known as the strip method, is one of the oldest techniques utilized in the hair restoration industry. Follicular units are hair groupings—containing 1,2,3 or 4 hairs—as they grow naturally on the scalp.
FUT procedure involves the removal of a thin strip of the scalp from the back of the head—the donor area—which is not predisposed to balding.
The strip extracted from the donor area is dissected into individual grafts and then transplanted to the balding area of the scalp.
Who’s it for: Although hair transplant experts offer more advanced hair transplant method that can greatly preserve the integrity of the hair follicles, follicular unit transplantation has the higher rate of follicle survival. For this reason, patients with limited density in the donor area are often recommended for FUT hair transplant surgery.
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
DHI is a relatively new hair transplant technique, which applies the best approach to ensure maximum comfort, minimal scarring and natural looking results.
DHI hair transplant surgery is carried out by extracting the hair follicles—with the aid of a pen-like instrument that contains a hollow needle—from the donor area.
This method enables the hair transplant surgeon to perform the surgery without having to shave the head—unlike traditional hair restoration techniques.
Hair follicles are transplanted in about 1-2 minutes after the harvesting process, so they only remain outside the body for a short period of time. Each hair follicle is inserted in a specific direction, angle and depth to provide natural results and maximum coverage.
The use of the implanter pen during DMI surgery eliminates the need for channel incisions, which results in reduced trauma and blood loss. Reduced trauma means faster recovery period and an increased graft survival rate.
Who’s it for: Patients who do not wish to shave their head entirely due to work restrictions or personal reasons can take advantage of DMI hair transplant surgery.
While there are many reasons for male hair loss, there are also many treatment options on offer to help men correct hair loss.
Discuss your treatment options with your hair transplant surgeon and learn about the benefits and limitations of each treatment.