FUE hair transplant is one of two major hair transplantations techniques: The pioneering FUT and the cutting-edge FUE. For starters, hair transplantation, in a nutshell, is about relocating viable follicular units from areas of hair growth to areas of hair loss.
To fully appreciate the value of FUE hair transplant, we need to first compare it to its beginnings before the iconic glow up from FUT hair transplant to where it currently is. With that being said, the two main hair transplant techniques differ in the technique of isolating the follicular units to prepare them for relocation.
FUE hair transplant vs FUT
Hair transplants have come along way since their modest beginnings. When hair transplants first surfaced, the procedure was what we now call FUT. However, due to the scarring and increased risks that come with progress, hair transplantations were in need of a more convenient advancement. Thankfully, not much long after, FUE was born. What is FUE hair transplant? Follow through and hopefully using our psychic abilities we’ll have managed to guess and answer your questions and doubts.
Extraction process in FUE
The process of extraction in FUE holds the essence of its success. For one, the treatment employs a punch to individually extract the follicular units. The punch creates micro incisions that have an area slightly larger than the follicular units themselves. The minimal trauma on the area allows for shorter recovery periods. Secondly, the micro size of the incisions decreases the risk of infections. Thirdly, the size and gentle application of the punch does not leave any scarring behind.
With FUT hair transplants, in order to extract the follicular units, a surgeon has to surgically remove a strip of skin from your scalp to extract follicular units. Post-excision, cutting the strip begins next. The purpose of dissecting the strip is to separate individual follicular units from it.
Variants of the FUE hair transplant method
The other techniques of hair transplantation you hear about are variants of the FUE method. The most popular two variants are Sapphire FUE and DHI FUE.
Although FUE alone is a successful procedure, there have been advancements on the remaining steps of the process. The basic procedure overview begins with extraction. After isolating the follicles with a punch, using forceps your surgeon will carefully pull them out and place them in a preservative solution such as Hypothermosol . Next comes, the process of opening channels, to place the follicular units in them. It is in the process of the opening channel that many of the innovations seem to revolve around.
DHI vs Sapphire FUE
As mentioned above, the modifications in both techniques occur in the incision or channel opening stage.
Sapphire FUE uses blades made of the sapphire gemstone to open channels on the recipient site. As a result of its properties, sapphire allows for the blade to have a sharp V-shaped ending. In contrast, the steel used in regular FUE produces a U-shaped blade end that is not as sharp as the Sapphire blades.
According to physics since the tip of sapphire FUE blades have a smaller surface area, they require less pressure to open channels. When applying these physics to biology, it translates to immaculate incisions, no risk of damaging neighbour tissue, and consequently faster pace of channel opening. All the previous talk concludes more implantations per session as opposed to regular FUE.
Although the modification might seem trivial at first, it generates a downstream of perks and maximizes its application. Given the precision and speed of Sapphire FUE, this procedure is the most ideal for both people with advanced hair loss and those with small areas of hair loss.
DHI Choi implements the use of a pen-like needle that merges the incision phase and implantation into one step. After extraction, the follicular units are loaded into the pen. Following this, the pen will be used to open channels and once the pen is in, the grafts are loaded.
This technique is time efficient. However, since the grafts are fragile and susceptible to damage, the process of loading them into the pen exposes them to extra action. In other words, DHI, although shortens the period, increases the risk of a failed hair transplantation by jeopardizing the viability of your follicular units.
In FUE, the procedure is far more immaculate and does not involve gruesome surgical steps. Owing to its microsurgical process of follicular unit extractions, FUE has a lower risk of complications and infection. In addition to that FUE yields scar-free results as opposed to the linear scar left by FUT.
FUE hair transplant have revolutionized the hair transplant industry with their successful results. The medical field is not one that stops progressing, for that reason, FUE hair transplant has been modified on to produce two well-known variants: The sapphire FUE and DHI Choi FUE. Sapphire FUE allows for sharper blade ends that can create incisions on the recipient site without causing damage to the neighbouring tissue. Moreover, giving its sharp end the precision is higher and the rate of channel openings per session duplicate.
In DHI Choi the last two steps which are the incision making and implantation steps are merged into one. Although this is time efficient it, unfortunately, exposes the delicate follicular units to the risk of damage with the excess action.
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