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What is the best hair transplant procedure?

What is the best hair transplant procedure and what is the difference in one procedure versus another?

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Selecting the best hair transplant procedure really depends on your needs. Do you require fast recovery? Do you want to maximize your transplant yield? Results range by patient and transplant technique; those with significantly less available donor follicles, for instance, may opt for a Body Hair Transplant. Numerous factors specialists recognize during preliminary consultation also have a role in transplant viability.  

Below are a list hair transplant procedures available at the Forhair clinic:

CIT® - Shaven Donor Area: Most patients opt for Dr. Cole's namesake innovation, Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®). A variant of FUE, CIT® is both cost effective and offers exceptional results. CIT® with a completely shaven donor area requires the patient shave the entire back of their head, including above the ears. Those with scarring should know it will be visible until the hair grows out. Donor amount sets the maximum number of transplants and Dr. Cole can do multiple procedures over consecutive days.

CIT® - Shaven Patches: This CIT® technique requires shaving a small patch or strip in the donor area while pinning up the surrounding hair. Hairs are extracted from this area only, and when the hair is unclipped, it falls down over the donor patch hiding that area. The disadvantage to this method is that the donor area will have less density than shaven CIT® when it grows back out and, rarely, is noticeably thinner. Maximum 3000 grafts per procedure.

CIT® - Non-Shaven Donor Area: This CIT® technique requires Dr. Cole to cut individual follicular units one at a time. Hair will be cut during the procedure. Perfect for busy professionals, this CIT® version is the most discreet post-op. Maximum 2500 grafts per day and two days per procedure.

*Note: Persons with very curly hair are generally not good candidates for CIT® procedures. Such patients must first have a CIT® test procedure of 50-100 grafts for a $1000 flat fee.

BHT (Body Hair Transplant): A technique for patients with less viable donor follicles, BHT uses both head hair and body hair as donors. Head hair grafts typically create the hairline and then blend with body hair grafts, which enhance density. Patients must undergo a trial procedure of 50 to 500 hairs to evaluate the procedure's effect. Patients must also wet shave ALL body hair off 4 days prior to each BHT procedure. Graft amount per procedure depends on the patient's amount of viable grafts at the back and sides of their head.

Strip (FUT or FUG): Older transplant techniques, FUT and FUG both leave a permanent linear scar in the donor area. A FUT specialist's skill and experience matter a great deal, but there is never any way to guarantee a small linear scar undetectable with a short hair length. However, it is cost effective and patients can undergo 3000 grafts per procedure session.

Plug Redistribution: Older hair transplant plugs can become apparent with age, with patients often commenting on their "doll-like" like appearance. Plug redistribution is the only solution In such cases. Via CIT®, Dr. Cole can extract and redistribute a maximum of 50 plugs per four hours. Results are far more discreet than plugs, both due to even distribution and Dr. Cole's renowned artistry.

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Answered 8 months ago
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There is no absolute best hair transplant type. Without question, though, results improve as the discipline evolves. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUE) is the latest transplant type available. More personally demanding for the surgeon than any other option, the best FUE results leaves zero noticeable scarring and an all-natural appearance.

FUE takes years to master, however. Patients should be aware that results depend on their surgeon's experience and aptitude. Inexperienced and fledgling FUE surgeons can have major transection rates, the measurement of follicles irrevocably harmed during the procedure. Masters of FUE, meanwhile, typically have a transection rate of 5% or under. Dr. Cole himself has an average transection rate of around 3%, if not under.

The type of FUE also matters. For instance, Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), brings unprecedented results. Among the least invasive options available, CIT® leaves little to no noticeable scarring and stem cell remnants in extraction sites. With the application of ACell, an extracellular matrix, 30% to 40% of extracted follicles regenerate. Put simply, this means that patients gain 300 to 400 more hairs in their donor section for every 1000 individual extractions.

Some people advocate for Follicular Unit Extraction (FUT), an older procedure, over FUE. Some of these specialists genuinely believe FUT is more worthwhile. Most who claim FUT is better FUE, though, are either lackluster at FUE or unscrupulous. In the hands of an expert, FUT can turn out well in the transplant sites. However, the procedure itself will always leave a large scar impossible to predict in size or scope. Most FUT patients keep their hair a certain length to prevent anyone noticing said scar.

Another alternative to FUE are Body Hair Transplants (BHT). A fallback for patients who lack sufficient donor follicles on their head, BHT blends grafts extracted from the scalp with those from the body. Body hair typically has a different texture than head hair. So long as head hair grafts constitute the hairline, though, body hair grafts can work to thicken the area. Comparatively rare, BHT results vary from person to person. To ensure a BHT is viable, Forhair typically requires candidates undergo a trial procedure involving a small amount of grafts. If the results are viable than patients can commit to a larger procedure.

Read more about different hair transplant types on our website's Hair Transplant section. Those with questions or comments, meanwhile, are welcome to contact us.

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Answered 7 months ago
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