The choice of hair loss treatments is steadily increasing, ranging from the cosmetic (camouflage, thickeners, hair pieces and wigs) to the medical (tablets, shampoos and lotions) through to surgical procedures (Strip FUT, FUE and ARTAS). A hair transplant is always another option.
All of these options are constantly being refined to enhance their effectiveness – and we, at Donnybrook Wellness & Cosmetic Clinic, are at the forefront of developing pioneering ways of countering hair loss.
Here we’ve listed the treatment options we offer, giving you information about what the treatment involves, right down, in a lot of cases, to a step-by-step guide to what actually happens when you come in to the clinic.
Before that happens, though, we would advise that you arrange a confidential consultation with one of our team of experts to make sure that you receive the best treatment – not just for your condition, but for you as an individual.
STRIP FUT TRANSPLANTATION
At the Donnybrook Clinic, we use Ultra-Refined Follicular Unit Transplantation – a technique regarded as the ultimate form of hair transplant surgery.
Using stereoscopic dissecting microscopes, it involves taking root hairs from a ‘donor’ area at the back or sides of the scalp (the permanent area) and relocating them to the bald or thinning areas at the top of the head.
Here it grows as normal on a permanent or, at least, a long-term basis.
A follicular unit ranges from 1 to 4 hairs, with the average being 2.2.
Keeping these units intact when transferring them to the recipient site results in a better survival rate for the hairs and a more natural-looking result.
At the hairline, individual hairs are positioned to avoid the appearance of a ‘pattern’ developing, and they follow the direction and angle of the natural growth of the hair in that area. The end result looks totally natural – only you and those you choose to tell need ever know.
FUE HAIR TRANSPLANT
Most of the information relating to the Strip FUT Transplantation method also applies to FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method of hair transplantation.
The major difference between the two is in the method of extracting or harvesting the donor hair. For the same number of healthy and intact grafts, though, the harvesting method should have no impact on the final look of the transplant if the graft quality is the same.
In FUE, the follicular unit grafts (not necessarily hairs) are individually extracted using 0.8-1.0mm ‘drill bits’. The procedure is carried out manually or mechanically using a variety of equipment.
Instead of a linear scar, there will be a large number of very small dot scars. While barely noticeable, FUE is not ‘scarless’.
FUE is more time consuming than Strip FUT, as it relies on spreading the extractions over a large area of the scalp, which significantly limits the number of grafts available to transplant in a session compared to the ‘strip’ method used in Strip FUT.
FUE is ideal for those patients who favour very short hairstyles, or the type of hair where you can see through to the scalp.