FUE Transplant VS. FUT

While many medical therapies are available to delay, or in some cases reverse, hair loss and thinning, the only way to restore hair to areas of the scalp where the follicles have stopped producing is hair transplantation. Decades ago, in its infancy, this procedure was done using large “plugs” that still have a negative connotation to people today. But today’s hair restoration surgery is a different matter entirely. This fact is perhaps best illustrated by the growing popularity of the procedure.

According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), 133,136 people in the United States had a hair transplant in 2016 which is the most recent year for which there are statistics.  That’s an increase of 18% from 2014.  And 2014 was a 27% increase over 2012.  I think that there are a few reasons for such growth: first, the newest hair transplant methods are so natural-looking.  Also, men are becoming ever more accepting of having aesthetic procedures and many celebrities and athletes have been open about their hair transplants.

At Natural Restorations we perform the Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) procedure.  This is a minimally invasive procedure in which each hair follicular unit is removed on its own after being scored with a small oscillating punch.

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) Leaves a Noticeable Scar

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Heals Naturally

Though performing FUE requires time and is demanding upon the physician, we feel that it is the best method that we can offer due to its short and long-term benefits which include little post-op discomfort, less missed time from work, a quicker return to full activities, and avoiding the stigma of a linear scar at the back of the head and above the ears.

FUE also allows for shorter haircuts to be worn because the small round scars are scattered, easily covered by short hair and essentially unnoticeable to the eye rather than the long, linear scar of the FUT/Strip procedure.  FUE is also considered a safer route in someone with a tight scalp.  After extraction, the grafts are chilled in an iso-osmotic solution to keep them healthy and viable.  Dr. McCollum will then create the sites for the grafts in the planned recipient area using the tip of a small needle.  The last step is to carefully place the grafts into the recipient sites.  In any hair transplant, the donor supply is the limiting factor.

There is only so much hair in the “safe areas” on the back of your head – the areas NOT susceptible to hair loss — and only a fraction of that hair can be removed for transplantation without creating a thinning look in the donor areas.  During your initial consultation Dr. McCollum and his staff will measure and calculate the number of hair follicles that you have available and he will discuss with you the design of a conservative hairline, one that will be appropriate throughout your lifetime and conserves your donor reserves for an additional session should you need or want one in the future.

We limit ourselves to one hair transplant per day so that you are our sole focus and our doctor and assistants will never feel rushed to keep on schedule for the next patient – there is no schedule as you are the only transplant patient of the day.  Our only focus is our commitment to the highest quality during each step of your procedure.