Are There Different Types of Hair Transplants

In modern times, hair transplantation was first performed in Japan in the 1930s. It entered the western world in the year 1950 and hair transplant operations began to be performed. Hair transplantation procedures have encountered many techniques and improved by changing with the use of today's technology. Hair transplantation is now widely performed and recommended by surgeons.

In the 2000s, affordable hair treatments offered with all-inclusive packages were very widespread and popular, especially in Turkey. Istanbul has always been at the forefront of such treatments.

There are 3 main ways to perform a hair transplant operation:

-Follicular unit extraction (FUE)

-Follicular unit transplant (FUT)

-Direct hair implant (DHI)

FUE hair transplant is performed by removing individual hair follicular units from the donor area so they can be transplanted into the balding areas of the scalp. FUE grafts are selectively removed from the donor area microscopically. This procedure can be performed manually or through the use of automated and robotic methods. Robotic hair restoration devices use cameras and robotic arms to assist the surgeon in the FUE procedure. This method is the most commonly used method throughout the world and in Turkey.

FUT stands for follicular unit transplantation and is also known as "Strip Surgery, Strip Hair Transplant''– A strip hair transplant (FUT) is performed by removing a strip from the donor area on the scalp (normally the back and sides of the head). Following the removal of the strip of skin, the surgical wound is sutured or stapled shut. The follicular grafts are then removed from the strip microscopically to be transplanted into the balding areas of the scalp. The strip method leaves a linear scar on the donor area and it is considered to be the more traditional way of doing hair transplant procedures.

Direct Hair Implantation, also known as the DHI technique, individually collected grafts are placed in the planting areas with a special transplant tool, the CHOI PEN, which varies between 0.6mm and 1mm thick.  DHI is performed by both extracting and implanting at the same time. Firstly, the hair is cut at a certain length, then the grafts are carefully collected with no damage, after determining the optimal angle and directions for transplantation found slits are created in the area to implant in. No holes or cuts are required for this method unlike the previous ones, this process lasts longer compared to them making it necessary for the patient and doctor to be more cautious, also the price is higher due to using multi-tools.

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