From its onset, hair loss is a drastic and often worrying change for many. This is especially so for younger men in their 20’s. However receding hair lines need not worry anyone in today’s world. Numerous options are available that can reverse hair loss. This is by employing hair replacement or hair transplant techniques based on one’s follicular units. A follicular unit is a natural occurring group of hair, usually forming groups of 1-4 hairs. Three of the most common include:
1.) Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
2.) Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
3.) Scalp reduction
This is a method where a piece of scalp is cut from the back of the head and then dissected in smaller, individual grafts. The donor site can then be closed up using sutures. Sites for transplantation are then created using scalpels and needles. FUT techniques include:
a) Strip harvesting
b) Excision, etc
Each method advocates for extracting different sized tissues from a donor site.
Advantages of FUT
a) Takes a shorter time to repopulate large sections of bald areas. Usually, within a few sittings.
b) Costs less than FUE
Drawbacks of FUT
a) Requires longer recovery periods due to cuts and stitches
Unlike an FUT procedure, FUE procedures pick out individual follicular units, using specialized machines. This exercise does not require any cuts. It does however take longer to complete making it suitable for smaller bald areas.
Advantages of FUE
a) Requires a shorter period to recover
b) Less invasive than FUT
Drawbacks of FUE
a) Higher costs for the procedure
b) Takes longer to complete for larger bald areas
3.) Scalp reduction
Probably the most invasive procedure of the three, scalp reduction attempts to join two hair bearing areas by puling them forward to cover bald areas. Once these scalp area are pulled together, stitches are used to join the two. Larger bald areas may also include excisions.
Advantages of scalp reduction
a) Results are instant
Drawbacks of scalp reduction
a) Due to scaring, this method is unsuitable for those that keep short hair
b) The amount of cuts applied make the patient more susceptible to bleeding while increasing chances of an infection
c) Has been known to produce unnatural appearances in some cases
All in all, it also pays to follow your doctors advice by sticking to the administered antibiotics schedule, regularly wetting cut area with saline and using a watered down shampoo. This will ensure your new hair line will not get infected or no new grafts get loose.