Losing hair is not easy for anyone. It can lead to many social and emotional issues. It is true that we all lose some hair every day and losing 60-100 strands in a day is considered to be normal. However, when the number of strands increases above this limit, then this may be the sign of the start of hair loss.
What Are the Conditions in Which Hair Transplant Can Be Done in Men?
Before any other step for hair transplant, it is evaluated whether a person is suited for a transplant or not. It depends on the grade of baldness, the extent and quality of the donor area, the thickness and density of the hair in the recipient area and the results of the hair analysis test. These factors also decide which type of hair transplantation procedure is most suited for the candidate.
With the advent of FUE( Follicular Unit Excision) many surgeons and patients were inclined towards it. This was partly due to absence of a linear scar in the donor area which enabled patient’s to have buzzed or short hair at the back scalp making it more aesthetically pleasing.
After due dedication on FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and understanding it’s pros and cons our doctors ventured into FUE. Through the years while working on routine FUE, the doctors made few modifications to it for their practice and published a paper under the title “Direct Hair Transplantation : a modified follicular unit extraction technique” for the first time in the year 2013 April, in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetics surgery . The main aim here is to decrease the ‘out of the body’ time of the grafts and in turn ensuring better survivability and growth.
This Direct Hair Transplantation technique comprises of two steps-
1.Pre made sites – Creation of recipient sites in correspondence to right angle, direction, depth and optimal density.
This technique was previously termed Follicular Unit Extraction and was published in 2002 by Dr Bernstein and Dr Rassman.
This technique involves extraction of individual follicular units (FU) or follicles from the donor area and implantation in the recipient area. It established the use of small, circular punch which aided in incision of the skin and separation of surrounding tissue from the graft. This technique gained popularity in next few years after facing initial criticism like any other.
In the year 2018, the term ‘extraction’ was replaced by ‘excision’ in an attempt to emphasise the minimally yet invasive nature of the procedure and avoid misleading patients.
Steps of FUE: