Finding a few strands of hair in the bottom of the shower or wrapped around your hairbrush may be surprising, but it is completely normal. However, if you are noticing huge clumps of hair falling out or it seems like the hair isn’t growing back that is considered abnormal or excessive hair loss.
It can be shocking to see multiple strands of hair on your hairbrush or clumped around the drain, but if this happens to you don’t jump to conclusions and think you will be bald in a matter of months. Some hair loss is considered normal. However, some may not be normal and may require you to consider looking into various types of treatment such as strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction.
People often notice that when they have an itchy scalp for a prolonged period of time it can lead to an increase in hair loss. Sometimes the hair loss is so extreme that it causes people to think about looking into various hair transplant treatment options such as PRP therapy or FUE. The fact that the two often occur at the same time leads many people to believe that an itchy scalp actually causes the hair loss, but it doesn’t.
Most teenagers have enough on their plates without having to worry about hair loss as well. But, unfortunately, for some teenage boys, thinning hair seems to go along with the other stresses and trials of puberty. In some cases, the hair loss is due to external factors, in others, it’s because of genes. Options for treating thinning hair in teenagers range from correcting the source of the problem to surgical procedures such as strip harvesting or follicular unit extraction.
According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. experience hair loss. Unfortunately, this hair loss can cause an individual to become self-conscious. Furthermore, since women consider their hair to be a source of femininity, hair loss can be especially difficult for them. Innovative hair restoration treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP Therapy) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures are helping men, and women across the nation address their thinning hair; however, vitamin supplementation may be able to prevent hair loss before, or maintain hair after it has been restored.
Many people have at least one feature about themselves that they’d like to change. Some want to make a big nose smaller, others want to make thin lips look fuller. For others, a big forehead can be a source of embarrassment or discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the size of a large forehead, so that it is more in proportion with the rest of a person’s facial features. Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, a type of hair transplant procedure, can be one way to shrink an overly large forehead.
It is assumed that hair transplant procedures are only for individuals who are showing early signs of pattern baldness or who have gone completely bald, but that isn’t always the case. Individuals who are experiencing extreme thinning of the hair may be a good candidate for hair follicle transplant procedures.
You’re concerned about your thinning hair, enough that you’ve seriously considered a hair transplant. But you’re also concerned enough about pain during or after the procedure that you’re hesitant to find out more about follicular unit extraction (FUE) or strip harvesting (FUT). While both methods of hair transplantation do require surgery, it’s important to understand that neither will leave you in extreme pain.
If you are losing your hair and have decided to have a hair transplant, one thing to consider is the type of procedure or the technique the surgeon will use to transplant hair from one area of the scalp to the other. Today, surgeons use both strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques during hair restoration. One technique isn’t necessarily "better" than the other one. It all boils down to how much hair you have to transplant and how you plan to wear your hair after the surgery.
If you’re considering hair transplant surgery and have conducted some research on your options, you’ve likely come across the terms FUT and FUE. You may be wondering what these are, and which might be the right choice for you.
Here at Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, NJ, we perform both strip harvesting surgery, or follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This post will help you understand the differences and benefits of each.
Comparing FUE and FUT Hair Transplantation Methods
In Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair is harvested via tiny circular incisions over a large donor site area. These leaves leave white, round, tiny scars.
In Follicular Unit Transplantation, also known as strip harvesting hair transplant surgery, a thin, long slice of tissue is removed from your donor area located on the sides and back of your scalp. Your individual follicular units (FUs) are obtained from that strip through stereo-microscopic dissection. Once the wound edges are closed and healed, you are left with a single, fine scar.
One of the primary advantages of the FUT procedure is that it usually (but not always) provides you with the highest hair yield. This is because FUI allows the hair transplantation surgeon to harvest hair from a select donor are more efficiently and there is a high level of precision with the stereo-microscopic dissection. If your goal is to achieve as much fullness as possible with your hair restoration, you should consider the follicular unit transplantation procedure.
One of the main benefits of the FUE procedure is that you don’t have a linear donor scar. Rather, you have tiny white, round scars. With the FUE, your healing and recovery time is also faster than with FUT. If your goal is to be able to quickly return to your normal activities, including strenuous activities, FUE may be the right choice for you. In addition, if you plan on wearing your hair very short, then this is another reason to highly consider FUE over FUT. Furthermore, if your scalp is loose and doesn’t permit the surgeon to efficiently make a strip excision, FUE is also indicated.
Call for a Consultation to Help You Decide
To learn more about the differences between FUE and FUT hair transplantation or other hair restorations options like PRP therapy, call us here at Contemporary Hair Transplantation in Paramus, NJ at 844-630-6305.
During your initial consultation, we work with you to determine which transplantation method is best for you based on your quality and quantity of your available donor hair, the size of the thinning area, hair loss classification, and your preferences.