Most who are looking for a great hair transplant know that the modern microsurgical procedure that transplants one hair follicle at a time replaced the “hair plug” method decades ago. What you may not know is that there are basically two different microsurgical procedures that result in hair loss restoration.
The first is called FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant. In this method, the hair loss restoration surgeon surgically removes a narrow strip of scalp from the back of the head and then stiches the scalp back together. Technicians then carefully dissect the individual follicles from the strip of scalp using a stereomicroscope. Other technicians then place each follicular unit into carefully made micro slits that have been cut at the proper angle and depth by the surgeon. The principle advantages of this method are lower cost and larger amounts of follicles can be harvested in one session. However, it often leaves a small linear scar at the back of the head so those preferring to wear their hair very short may not prefer this method.
The second method is called FUE or follicular unit extraction. In this method which DiStefano hair loss restoration centers has modified to improve results, and is called the Individual Graft Technique (IGT™), is similar to the FUT method in terms of how the hair is transplanted to the recipient site. However, instead of removing the donor hair from a small strip of scalp, each individual hair follicle is extracted one at a time using special microsurgical tools and is immediately transplanted into the scalp. The principle advantage is that it leaves no small linear scar at the back of the scalp.
Deciding which method you choose is a personal decision. However, but will result in a great hair transplant.