The Basics of Follicular Unit Transplantation

HairBaldness is not always a bad thing for men. They can still be attractive in some instances. Men famous for being bald and beautiful include the late Yul Brynner (can you imagine him with hair), and more recently, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Even Bruce Willis works it well.

However, most men prefer not to sport a shining pate, so they should and do consider follicular unit transplantation, or FUE.

Types

According to Fue Clinics, there are two main techniques for follicular unit transplantation. One is follicular unit extraction or FUE, which removes hair follicles using a circular punch from one area and transferring it to another area. The other is strip incision or strip harvesting, which involves taking out pieces of skin that contain live hair using a scalpel instead of just the hair follicles from the donor area, and then cut up into follicular units.

Donor Area

The donor area is where the surgeon removes the healthy hair follicles for transplantation. In most cases, this is the back of the head, where most men have hair follicles. The idea is that these will continue to grow after transplantation. Men with male pattern baldness (and women as well) usually lose their hair because the follicles in certain areas shrink in the presence of a hormone called DHT. Hair follicles from the back of the head are more resistant to DHT.

Candidates

FUE is particularly effective for managing male or female pattern baldness in patients showing just a little more skin than they want. It is also a good way to make eyebrows thicker and moustaches more luxuriant. Most people prefer FUE for hair transplants because it leaves no scars and it is quicker and looks more natural than the strip method. However, it may not be possible for those that have few or no healthy hair follicles left on their head because there would be no donor area. Some surgeons do use chest, facial, and abdominal hair to harvest follicles, but the growth may not be the same.

Follicular unit transplantation is an effective way to keep baldness at bay. It is not for everyone and it is expensive, but worth it to some people in the end.