CHANGING A HAIRSTYLE—whether through cutting, dying or restyling—can dramatically change a person’s appearance. It is no wonder then that hair loss has such a profound effect on many patients. A receding hairline or the emergence of bald spots can signifi cantly alter the way someone looks and, in some cases, how they feel about themselves. In fact, there has been a 64%
increase in patients seeking hair restoration treatments worldwide since 2006, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) 2015 Practice Census Results.
FUT OR FUE?
At the Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine Center in Wethersfi eld, Connecticut, Scott A. Boden, MD, offers both follicular unit transplantation (FUT, or strip method) and the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique. “With hair transplantation, the genetically stable hairs that are not going to fall out are the ones on the sides and the back,” says Dr. Boden. “Those hairs are removed and reimplanted into areas of hair loss. We situate them to create an aesthetically pleasing hairline that looks natural, blends in and stands the test of time.”
The FUT procedure involves removing a thin strip of tissue from the back of the head, about a centimeter wide. The donor hair follicles are then extracted and harvested one by one from this strip before being individually reimplanted in the scalp.
With the FUE procedure, each follicular unit is individually removed from the back and sides of the scalp in a random fashion by a manual, automatic or robotic device.