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Hair transplant basics

Hair transplants results are created from many factors. To achieve the best result. With the fewest number of grafts. With the idea, to preserve the donor area. Known as good donor hair management. Allowing for the best hair coverage. As well as natural looking hair density. Especially for more advanced hair loss stages. As for judging a hair transplant result. Due to so many natural factors. Any result should be viewed as a guide. For example, the hairline style the Doctor may prefer. Are the hairlines carbon copies of each other. Or designed. The result of a personal touch. For each individual. Clinic gallery shows examples.

Dr Nikos Greece, European hair transplant specialist FUE and FUT surgery

Hair characteristics play an important role in the quality of a hair transplant result. In the clinic gallery you will view a variety of hair characteristics. As a result, how they influence the result. When fully grown out. Natural aspects such as the hair calibre. For example, coarse compared to fine hair. Whether the hair is straight or has a wave or curly. Also, the contrast between the skin complexion and hair colour. With a lower contrast. The greater the look of fullness is achieved. Again, with fewer hairs.

Hair transplant results

Hair transplant techniques

There are two hair transplant techniques. FUT or the Strip technique. Then the FUE technique. The FUE technique also incorporates BHFUE. Or the extraction of body hair. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Mainly only differ in the harvesting or removal of the hair. As a result, the FUT technique removes a thin hair bearing strip. From a specific area around the back and sides of the head. After the removal of the strip. The doctor makes the closure. With a suture or staples. Resulting in a thin or fine linear scar. When fully healed. Easily hidden under minimal hair length.

Whereas FUE uses a cylindrical punch. With the punch ranging in size. But normally around 0.75mm in diameter. The doctor, then removes the hair units required. From all around the sides and back of the head. Known as the donor area. As FUE uses a wider donor surface area. Compared to FUT. Thereafter, the punch wounds heal. With any technique there are pros and cons. As a result, candidates maybe better suited to one over the other. Therefore, the aim must be. To ensure the best donor management and long-term hair restoration planning. Also, of course, the result. Clinic gallery shows examples.

FUT donor management

The priority for the doctor. Is to first examine the donor area. The FUT donor zone is typically in a specific area. Along the occipital bone. A slightly protruding bone around the back of the head. Then, the strip zone continues around the sides of the head. With, the maximum length of a strip being around 28-33cm in length. But, the required length and width of the strip. Firstly, depends on a few factors. To reach the required number of grafts. The calculation is a result of the donor hair density and skin laxity. With the first task to shave the hair. Within the strip zone. Then, the doctor administers a local anaesthetic. Along the length of the strip.

The doctor removes the hair bearing strip. Then sutured or stapled the area. There are a number of closure techniques. For instance, the doctor may use an inner dissolving suture. As a result this releases pressure on the outer suture. Some closure techniques allow hair to regrow through the suture line. As this helps to camouflage the linear scar. Allowing for shorter hair styles. While the doctor is performing the closure. The technicians begin to divide the main strip. Firstly into smaller sections. Subsequently into the individual follicular units. From one to four hairs per follicular unit. As they naturally grow around the back and sides of the head. Clinic gallery shows examples.

All action are carried out under high magnification. From the initial strip removal and suture. To the slithering of the strip, cleaning and separating the hair units.

  1. Donor hair density checked
  2. Skin laxity is measured
  3. Calculate the length and width of the strip
  4. Strip area is shaved and cleaned
  5. Doctor administers local anaesthetic
  6. Doctor removes the strip
  7. Doctor sutures the area
  8. A technician slithers the donor strip
  9. Technicians separate into individual hair units
  10. The grafts are held in a holding solution
  11. All performed under high magnification
  12. The hair units are ready to be placed into the recipient area

FUE donor management

The Follicular unit Extraction technique, or FUE. The donor size expands around the majority of the back and sides. Of the head. Although there is no demarcation line. Between potentially affected hair follicles. Opposed to those immune from hair loss. As a result, the doctor will initially calculate the safe donor zone. Then measure the hair density around the safe zone. Resulting with the average hair density. Consequently it´s possible to calculate the number of grafts. To safely remove. Over one or multiple FUE procedures. This is important as with FUE. As, the hair density reduces with every FUE procedure. Removing too many hairs. The area becomes patchy and see-through.

The Doctor shaves the hair in the safe donor area. Then the Doctor administers a local anaesthetic. Initially the Doctor will punch the hair units. Then they are removed from the donor. Usually by the technicians and or the doctor together. As a result, FUE requires a two stage harvesting process. The follicular units are examined under magnification. Checked for quality, cleaned and trimmed. Thereafter the tech team separates the grafts into the individual hair units. From one to four hairs. Once completed the hair units are ready to be placed in the recipient, Doctor created custom-made sites. Clinic gallery shows examples.

  1. Safe donor hair zone checked
  2. Donor hair density measured
  3. Calculate the length and width of the strip
  4. The donor hair is shaved
  5. Doctor administers local anaesthetic
  6. Doctor punches the hair units
  7. Doctor/technicians remove the hair units
  8. The technician clean the hair units
  9. Technicians separate individual hair units
  10. The grafts are held in a holding solution
  11. All performed under high magnification
  12. The hair units are ready to be placed into the recipient area