Hair loss can have serious impact on the psychological and emotional well-being of an individual. Hair loss sufferers usually feel self-conscious about their looks, which further lowers their confidence in how they interact. Thankfully, undergoing hair transplant treatment and procedure can help in hair regrowth.
Today, hair transplant surgeons make use of different techniques to perform the transplant. And, it could be quite difficult to decide which one of the techniques will best suit your needs. While there are several hair transplant methods, but among them all, FUT and FUE are two of the most commonly recommended methods used.
Here, in this post, we’ll be comparing three hair restoration methods to help you understand which one of those techniques offer best solution to treat hair loss or baldness.
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)
During the FUT process the patient’s hair is removed from the donor area (i.e. back of the scalp) using the strip surgery. To be more specific, in the FUT procedure a strip of skin with hairs is removed from the back of the head, and the hair follicles are extracted from the skin subsequently. These extracted hair follicles are then inserted into the recipient area (i.e. the bald area of the head).
FUT procedure is preferred by surgeons for patients suffering from advanced hair loss. That’s because, the method allows surgeons to make use of the entire scalp area, enabling them to deliver results as per patient expectations.
Many patients often experience stretching sensation or chronic pain when undergoing FUT procedure, because of the swelling in the area from where the strip of tissue is removed. The pain may last for two to three weeks.
FUT is believed to be the most efficient hair restoration technique, as it helps patients achieve the greatest number of grafts (around 5000 grafts) in just a single session. Basically, the FUT procedure offers better coverage in fewer sittings unlike the FUE technique.
The FUT surgery is economical compared to FUE procedure. The average cost for ‘Follicular Unit Transplantation’ method varies from $4 to $7 per graft.
2. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
The FUE process involves removing each hair follicle directly from the scalp one at a time. The extracted hair follicles are then placed in the balding area. This technique is suitable for people who have smaller areas of hair loss.
The FUE technique is less tedious and guarantees faster recovery compared to the FUT method.
Since the FUE procedure doesn’t require stitches, you won’t possibly experience pain post procedure over the traditional FUT procedure. However, you might feel discomfort post-operation but it lasts only for a few days.
Although, FUE might not help you achieve greater number of grafts, but it ensures quicker healing than the FUT technique.
The FUE technique is a little expensive compared to the FUT method. The average cost for this method varies from 6 to $10 per graft.
3.PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy)
If you suffering from hair thinning and don’t want to undergo a hair transplant surgery, then you could opt for the platelet rich plasma therapy instead. It is a natural process that helps in growing the volume of hair. The therapy involves drawing the patient’s blood, which is processed that only good cells (platelet-rich plasma) stay behind. The cells are then injected into the scalp.
There haven’t been much reports of success of PRP. However, some studies suggest that the therapy is said to have encouraging results for both men and women looking for non-surgical method to prevent hair loss.
It is a non-surgical way to stimulate thinning hair and does not cause pain.
PRP is a safe and natural form of treatment that helps thinning hair become healthy and thick. But if you’re seeking a permanent solution for hair regrowth, then FUE and FUT are a lot better for hair loss sufferers.
The cost of the platelet rich plasma therapy depends on the number of sessions advised by the doctor. In general, PRP costs around $1500 per session.
FUE method is preferred by most people seeking a permanent solution for hair loss. However, the best method for hair regrowth can vary depending on the sufferer needs. But, to make a wise decision regarding which method should be used to recover hair, it is better to consult with a hair restoration surgeon. A good surgeon will analyze the density and quality of your hair; accordingly he/she will recommend the ideal method to cure hair loss problems.