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Everything You Need To Know About Hair Transplant

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What is a FUE?

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. FUE is one of the techniques used to harvest the hairs at the donor area. The doctor uses a tool that looks like a pen and harvests the hair by punching the hair follicles one by one. The donor area should be wide to perform this technique because if the doctor harvest the hair from a very small area. it might look empty.

What is FUT?

FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation. FUT is also called Strip Surgery. The doctor harvests a strip of hair from the back of one’s head and the doctor will stitch the hair back. There will be a long linear scar after FUT is performed. 

What is NeoGraft?

NeoGraft is a semi-automated version of FUE and one of the most modern hair implantations techniques. It’s more effective than traditional FUE techniques since it removes human errors in the surgery as it uses a machine. It’s also much quicker than traditional FUE meaning fewer complications.

What is a crown hair transplant?

Crown is one of the areas popular for hair transplant with front and top. Hair harvesting can be done with both FUE or FUT method. Crown hair transplants work by taking hair from the back of one’s head and transplanting it onto the top in areas that need more coverage. So actually procedures can be done any part of your scalp where you have lost or thinned out some hair over time.

So how many grafts do you need for a hair transplant?

1 graft contains an average of 1-4 hair follicles. The number of grafts a patient will need for a hair transplant depends on the thickness of their current hair. The quality of the donor hair will also play a part in the total number needed for an aesthetic appearance. For the average hair transplant, this amount is between 1000 and 3000 grafts. Just to give you an example, 2000 grafts will cover between one third and half a head of hair. Keep in mind that this significantly varies on how bald you are, not to mention you need to have healthy donor area usually the backside for men. 

Browse around for before and after picture

You can take a look at some before and after pictures of hair transplant from the link above. They are comparisons 3 months, 6 months to 1 year after hair transplant. The results are usually at their fullest after 1 to 1.5 years after the hair transplant surgery. Although it various from person to person, you can check out the Norwood Scale to see what matches your current hair stage and guess roughly how many hair grafts you will need.

Which Hair transplant Method Is Best?

FUE and FUT method have the same survival rate. The only things you need to consider is the hair style. If you keep your hair short all the time, FUE might be the better solution. If you keep your hair long, then FUT might also be okay for you. The other thing to consider is the area of the donor part (back of head). If the area is wide and healthy, both method can be done. However, if the crown position has become to low, FUT might be the better choice.

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