Stress, health issues, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, genetics, and the natural aging process can all cause hair loss to occur. The impact that hair loss has on a patient’s emotional and mental wellbeing can be extensive. Unfortunately, hair loss is not something that can be easily hidden. At New England Center for Hair Restoration, we specialize in hair loss treatment to restore natural, healthy hair to areas affected by hair loss. By offering non-surgical and surgical hair loss treatments, we can tailor treatments to each individual patient, helping to ensure superior, natural-looking results.

Among the surgical hair loss treatments available, follicular unit transplant and follicular unit extraction are the safest and most effective. For patients in Boston, hair transplants can restore fuller, thicker hair. The results achieved through follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) have helped many patients regain confidence in their appearance. Through this newfound confidence typically experienced after undergoing hair transplant surgery, it is common for a patient to experience a significant improvement in his or her quality of life.

Hair Transplant Harvesting Techniques

Hair transplant harvesting techniques typically used today are follicular unit transplant and follicular unit extraction. The main difference between the two techniques is the way in which the hair is harvested during the transplant process. After the hair follicle units have been harvested, the hair is then transplanted in the same way for both follicular unit transplant and follicular unit extraction.

Follicular Unit Transplant

Also known as strip surgery, follicular unit transplant is a highly successful hair transplant harvesting technique. In follicular unit transplant, the hair follicle units are harvested by cutting a strip of scalp from the back of the head. The hair at the back of the head is not typically affected by the genetic markers for hair loss. Once the hair follicles have been harvested, the hair follicles are meticulously isolated into individual hair follicular units. After this process has been completed, the hair follicular units are then transplanted to the treatment areas on the head. The long-term survival rate of hair follicles transplanted with follicular unit transplant is incredibly high, making it an excellent hair transplant harvesting technique.

Follicular Unit Extraction

In the hair transplant harvesting technique of follicular unit extraction, follicular units are removed from the donor area with a precise extraction device. This extraction device eliminates the need for a strip of scalp to be removed. In follicular unit extraction, the special extraction device excises one follicular unit graft at a time through circular incisions that are less than 1 millimeter in size. The extracted follicular unit graft is then transplanted to the treatment areas. The miniscule size of the incisions results in minimal scarring that is barely visible.

Learn More about Hair Transplant Harvesting Techniques

If you are suffering from thinning hair, there are effective treatments available. Today, more than ever before, hair restoration treatments can restore thicker, fuller hair. Through nonsurgical and surgical treatments, you can achieve the natural-looking results you desire. If you would like to learn more about hair transplant harvesting techniques, or to schedule a free personal consultation, please call or email New England Center for Hair Restoration today.