What hair transplant techniques are there?
There are two types of hair transplant methods today: FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery) and FUE (Follicular Extraction Unit).
The FUSS method of hair transplantation consists of taking a strip of skin with hair follicles from the donor area, where the hair is naturally denser and less prone to falling out. Using this skin, small groups of tissue containing follicular units are separated and prepared for transplantation. While this is happening, small individual holes are made in the receiving area where baldness has occurred. Then, the units prepared for transplantation are individually placed in the recipient area.
The FUE hair transplantation technique was developed as a means to achieve the same results as FUSS without that method’s disadvantages. FUE also consists of extracting follicular units from a donor area on the back or side of the head and moving them to create a more full, natural-looking hairline.
The difference between the FUE technique and FUSS is that the original method involves removing a strip of tissue from the back of the head. The new one instead collects individual follicular units, which are inserted with a few incisions that are almost imperceptible in the recipient area.
While the FUE technique requires more surgery time, the advantage of FUE over FUSS is that it prevents linear scarring and advanced care for the wound, which are necessary with FUSS. The FUE method also reduces downtime after the procedure and reduces discomfort levels for the patient in the following days.
In addition, the FUE technique makes it possible to obtain single, double, and triple or more follicular units, which contain one, two, and three or more hairs, considering the needs of each case and the objective of achieving a natural result. An experienced clinical team performs the extraction, so the possibility of damaging and losing the extracted follicular units is minimised.