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Choosing a Hair Transplant Method—Which One is Right for You?

Determining which hair transplant procedure is right for you will require one or two consultations with your hair restoration provider. Your health history and the health and state of your scalp will be assessed to determine which options are possible for your hair loss treatment needs.

The experts at California Hair MD will tailor your treatment to your needs. If you reside in the general Southern California area, you can contact one of their locations and learn more about the procedure options. Visit their website to find direct numbers for the La Jolla, Newport Beach, San Diego, and Beverly Hills locations.

Although the strip method is no longer the go-to approach, it can still provide excellent results under the hands of a skilled provider. Likewise, FUE is an excellent hair transplant option for patients looking for a less-invasive way to resolve hair loss. To learn more about these options and how California Hair MD can help, read on!

The Strip Method: FUT

The strip method, also known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), requires that a strip of the scalp is removed from the donor location. This process results in a linear scar with hair growth coming through the scar to cover it up. Depending on the patient, the scar coverage may be anywhere between a haircut of 4 cm down to 2 cm.

There is more surgical risk involved with FUT, but most patients heal successfully from the scars. If you need to save money, FUT may be a more applicable option for your hair loss treatment needs, as it is a bit less expensive than FUE.

FUE Hair Transplant

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) can result in successful hair loss treatment when an experienced provider performs the hair transplant. With FUE, individual follicles in the back and the sides of the patient’s scalp will be removed using a tool that parts follicles from the skin to pluck them. The lack of sutures in the patient’s scalp makes the procedure less painful than FUT, with donor region openings that heal within a few days, creating small white dots. Unless you plan to shave your hair extremely short, you won’t see the dots.

Which Option Is Better?

Some people believe that FUE is the better option, given that it is the more advanced version for hair transplants than the FUT, the traditional strip method. Ultimately, it comes down to with  what treatment option you are comfortable. You might also want to consider the length of haircut you plan to get, as the method you pursue may limityour styling options.

Both FUT and FUE are reliable procedures. Every patient has different expectations for their results. Likewise, the physician you work with will influence the results as their artistry and understanding of the scalp, and the treatment needs will also play a critical role. 

Restore Your Hair with California Hair MD

If you’re interested in learning which hair transplant method is best for you, reach out to California Hair MD. Schedule your consultation and be one step closer to treating your hair loss!