Why does a hair restoration specialist recommend a specific type of hair transplant procedure for you? Why is it different from the procedure your friend got? The specialist needs to consider certain factors before they can determine whether Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) will be appropriate for you.
You need to understand which factors affect the specialist’s recommendation.
The area to be covered: If this area is large, you may benefit from the FUT or strip procedure. Along with providing adequate coverage, this procedure may be a more cost-effective option. Moreover, this surgery usually offers better growth yields, due to its lower impact, after successful completion.
The pattern and progress of hair loss: It is important to wait for a few years from the time you start to shed hair before you get any type of surgery to ensure that the specialist can establish the pattern and progress of the loss. You may benefit from FUT if your hair loss is rapid but is only concentrated in certain areas.
The availability of donor hair: Overall thinning of hair may make you an unsuitable candidate for either of the two procedures. Strip surgeries can be done if you have considerable hair density in the permanent zone. However, FUE requires a larger donor area as large numbers of grafts are necessary for the procedure.
The quality of donor hair: As the donor hair is taken from the permanent zone in the strip surgery, the quality of the grafts is considerably better in this case. Moreover, the adjacent tissue protects the grafts and ensures better growth yields. This is not available with the unit extraction procedure, as the grafts may be taken from the fringe areas.
The resultant scars: If a hair clinic or a hair transplant surgeon claims that the surgery will leave no scars, it is a fraudulent claim. You need to find a surgeon and a clinic that does not make such false promises. The types of scars, though, are different for the two procedures; FUT leaves a linear scar while FUE leaves a number of little dots.
The visibility of the scars: Successful completion of the procedures with advanced instruments and techniques ensures that the scars are not conspicuous. However, if a patient loses hair from the donor area, the scars may become visible. It may appear like a line if you have had the strip surgery and little dots if you have had the extraction surgery.
The recovery period: The time to recover from the operation depends on your health condition, the type of procedure, the amount of area treated and so on. The recipient sites are visible for two weeks after the surgery. The donor area may not be visible if you have had the unit transplant surgery.
The specialist has to consider all these before he/she can make a recommendation.
It is important to talk to a specialist before you make any decision with regard to any specific type of surgery. At times, a transplant surgery may not even be necessary to stop hair loss or recover from the damages.
For example, if your hair loss is due to a health condition, such as a problem in the thyroid gland, you may not need any specific treatment for it. Effective management of the symptoms of the health condition is all that you need. With the improvement of your health condition, the hair loss will also stop.
Just because Louis Walsh hair transplant works does not mean your surgery will be effective. Similarly, just because your friend has had amazing results with strip surgery may not make it appropriate for you too.
Only your physician can tell you which procedure is suitable for you.