Hair transplantation surgery is the most effective and lasting method for treating male and female pattern baldness. Unlike antiquated procedures that relied on large hair grafts and produced the unnatural and infamous “pluggy” look, modern hair transplants create natural results that are indistinguishable from surrounding hair.
During the procedure, healthy follicular units are harvested from active parts of the scalp and transplanted to rebuild thinning hairlines and fill in bald spots. For men, hair located on the back and sides of the head is much more resistant to hair loss than follicles found on the front and top of the scalp. By harvesting these healthy follicles and transplanting them to sections that have begun to thin out, hair can be effectively redistributed to provide a more consistent and uniform density.
At Carolina Hair Center, Dr. Jerry Cooley provides hair transplantation surgery to his patients using the latest techniques, utilizing both follicular unit transplantation and follicular unit extraction.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is one of the two modern methods used for hair transplants. During FUT, a strip of the scalp is removed from the back or side of the head. The strip is then dissected to separate the healthy follicular units from the tissue, while the skin is sutured shut. The follicular units are then transplanted into the targeted areas of the scalp, creating a fuller and thicker head of hair.
FUT results in a thin horizontal scar where the strip was removed, but any scarring is easily covered by surrounding hair and will continue to improve for up to 12 months.
Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) utilizes a much more meticulous approach to hair restoration surgery. Rather than removing a strip of the scalp to provide hair grafts, FUE works by extracting individual follicular units from the donor sites. Using a handheld punch device, Dr. Cooley can harvest healthy hair follicles without making large incisions or leaving behind a long scar.
Once a sufficient amount of hair has been harvested, the grafts are transplanted in the same manner as FUT. The only difference between the two techniques lies in the method used to extract grafts at the beginning of surgery. The circular excision marks left behind by FUE tend to heal very well, leaving behind faint scarring that is covered by short length hair growth.
Carolina Hair Center
If you are considering hair transplants but are worried about the unnatural appearance of hair plugs and the telltale signs of outdated procedures, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooley to learn more about modern hair transplantation surgery. Today’s hair restoration treatments result in hair that blends in seamlessly without noticeable or distracting scars. To book your appointment, call Carolina Hair Center today at 704-542-1601.