PRP supported hair transplantation, robotic hair transplantation, stem cell supported hair transplantation, motorized FUE, unshaven FUE… The list goes on and on! Well then, which of these hair transplantation methods is suitable for you?
In order to evaluate the hair transplantation methods, let’s first take a look at the step of a hair transplantation:
- Shortening or shaving of hair
- Planning on the transplant area
- Application of local anesthesia on the area
- Collection of the hair follicles
- Preparation of the follicles for planting
- Transplantation of the hair follicles to the new area
There are two different hair transplantation methods accepted in the medical literature The first method is the FUE method where the follicles are individually collected from the back of the head and the second methods is the FUT technique. Both methods are viable for the collection of the follicles.
However, online searches and the promotions of the medical centers often mention alternative methods with various names. All other treatment methods are about different stages of hair transplantation process – and they are all variants of FUT or FUE techniques.
We compiled some of these for you;
Unshaven FUE – In this method the hair is not shaven, the hair follicles are collected as they are according to the availability of the host and are planted in their new spots. The advantage is that the person can quickly return to social life following the procedure. The disadvantage is that the procedure takes a long time and the follicles may be damaged during collection.
PRP supported hair transplantation – In this method, the patient is supported by their own blood cells. The blood drawn from our patient just prior to the hair transplantation is fractionated with a special method and the emerging plasma is applied to the scalp. The advantage is that survival rate of the newly planted hair follicles in their new area rises by an additional 5% from already high levels of 90%. The disadvantage is that it is not a substitute for hair transplantation.
Robotic hair transplantation – This method is exactly the same as FUE. The only difference is that the hair follicles are not removed with a punch by the surgeon but by a robot under the supervision of the doctor. The advantage is that the surgeon can perform the operation more easily. The disadvantage is that the machine is usually operated by an operator.
IceGraft – In this method, during the transplantation preparation process, in order to increase their survival rate, the hair follicles are held in a special laboratory liquid when they are out of the body. The goal is to provide the most effective protection for the follicles outside the body.