What Type of Hair Transplant is Right For You?

Baldness is more common than you may think. Men and women of all ages deal with the traumatizing and humiliating effects of hair loss every day. Many have tried everything necessary from expensive products to DIY methods from the internet, but they continue to find an increase in balding or thinning areas. If this is you, then a transplant may be your best option. When you visit your Pal Alto clinic to discuss hair transplant surgery, you will likely have to choose between two separate methods for the removal of healthy follicles to replace the faulty follicles: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). It is important that you understand the benefits and disadvantages of each option so that you may know which of these options might work best for you in your unique situation.


Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT):

In this method, the follicles are all removed together on a sheet of skin taken from the back of your head. The medical professionals will find an area of skin where the hair follicles are relatively healthy and functioning. This area, which likely has a significant amount of follicle growth, will then be dissected into individual grafts for the procedure. These grafts will then be placed in areas of the head with scanty growth or baldness. This procedure tends to have the best results for people with larger areas of baldness. This process has two main benefits:

     Less resection rate

     More area covered in the least amount of sittings

     Less time consuming

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):

In this method, the medical professional takes individual follicles in units or grafts from the head rather than a whole sheet. This is done with the assistance of a very specialized machine. This process is tedious but it is relatively painless due to the numbing agents involved. This process will likely work better for people who have smaller areas of baldness and prefer a less invasive procedure to manage the issue. This method also has its own list of benefits:

     No incisions made, and therefore, no stitches or staples are necessary

     Less invasive

     Much faster recovery rate – you can likely return to work the day after the procedure

     No scarring


Though the process of removing the follicles are different, the remainder of the procedure will look relatively similar. Both will require a surgery that can last a couple hours in order to implant the collected follicles.


Any procedure can be scary. It is important that you understand the nature of each one so that you may choose the right option for your unique situation with confidence.


Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

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