Hair transplant surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed on men today and is projected to only increase in popularity. Men who are interested in hair transplant surgery are typically those who suffer from androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. The Hair Society recently reported that over 35 million men suffer from androgenic alopecia worldwide. Interesting, they also reported that 650,000 of these men have undergone hair transplant surgery.
Most think that those who suffer from hair loss are older, more mature men but hair loss can begin as early as late teenage years to early 20’s for many men. We frequently see twenty-something year-old patients who are looking to get ahead of their loss after seeing the continued pattern their grandfathers, fathers and brothers experience in latter years.
For those who aren’t familiar with hair transplant surgery, there are two popular techniques used to transplant grafts. We specialize in both FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT ( follicular unit transplantation) hair transplant procedures here at Utah Facial Plastics. Although both procedures offer the same great result, the method for graft extraction is different.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
This method is often referred to as “the strip method” as a strip of hair is removed from the lower back of the head to obtain grafts from. This method does leave a linear scar on the back of the head and is perfect for men who wear their hair a little longer since they are easily able to hide that scar.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
The FUE method involves removing the grafts in a checkered pattern, one by one, from the lower back of the head. FUE is better for someone who wears their hair shorter or doesn’t want a linear scar on the back of their head. Tiny 1 millimeter inch punch marks and are only visible when the area is completely shaved. The preferred FUE technology we use is NeoGraft, which safely suctions each graft from the donor site before it is prepared for transplantation.
Both of these hair transplant methods are effective, successful and safe. The cost of the FUE method is typically higher with the advanced technology and skill associated with this procedure. Hair transplants are performed on a wide age range of patients and the number of grafts needed varies with each person depending on the stage of hair loss. For more extensive hair loss, more than one procedure may be needed for best results.