Way back in 1952, the first hair transplant in the United States was performed by a New York dermatologist named Doctor Norman Orentreich. That procedure succeeded in harvesting hair from one area of the scalp and implanting it into an area of the scalp where hair was not growing. It showed that the procedure could be done. It also showed that there was a long way to go from simply doing a hair transplant to doing one resulting in hair that looks natural.
1952 was a long time ago. Nowadays, due to improvements in the field of hair transplants, recipients can expect natural results where one cannot distinguish between the transplanted and non-transplanted hair.
Today, hair transplants are predominately accomplished using one of two methods: strip harvesting, or follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Strip Harvesting: This technique involves harvesting hair follicles from the donor site in thin strips. The resulting wound is then sutured, leaving only a thin scar. The strips are then transplanted to the desired area and positioned so as to mimic natural hair patterns.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): This technique involves harvesting small follicular units (each unit only containing one to four hairs). These follicular units are removed and transplanted into the hair transplant site and angled to mimic natural hair patterns.
If you are considering a hair transplant procedure, then the question probably floating about in your mind is this: which procedure is the best for me? Well, both techniques have a history of success, and it is important to note that your decision should be made only with input from a qualified hair restoration surgeon. Of course there are reasons why you might choose one technique over the other.
Why Choose Strip Harvesting?
Strip harvesting is a great option in that it is a quicker procedure (as compared to follicular unit extraction). Because it is quicker, it is also generally more cost-effective.
Why Choose FUE?
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) uses smaller incisions (as compared to strip harvesting). This results in generally less recovery time.
The Next Step
If you are considering a hair transplant procedure, then your first step (after reading this article) should be to find an organization that can provide further expertise and help you through the decision-making process, step by step. Enter Huntington Women’s Health. We’re carrying on Dr. Orentreich’s breakthrough in Huntington, NY. We offer hair transplants for the scalp, eyebrows, and beard. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation!