Methods - techniques of hair transplant - hair restoration
Let me give you an overview and insight look of different methods/techniques for hair restoration:
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) & Follicular Unit Insertion (FUI)
This method describes the latest and state-of-the-art process for hair transplant. During the procedure of FUE only individual hair follicular units (FU) are removed delicately with a hollow needle/punch from the back site of the scalp (donor site) to be placed into the receding area next. It is one of the big advantages of this method that even body hair can be harvested.
Strip extraction method & relocation of follicular units (FUI)
This method is a further development of the mini/micrografting technique. During the procedure of strip extraction (FUT = follicular unit transplant) a large piece of tissue will be removed from the scalp. Follicular units (FU) are dissected from the tissue and prepared for the transition with microscopical help before they will be relocated to the previously prepared recipient zone.
Strip extraction & relocation of mini / micro grafts (MMG)
Among all other methods of hair transplant this technique is widely used around Germany. The process of the extraction is similar to the FUT-method where a large piece of tissue is removed from the scalp. After the extraction process is finished the tissue is dissected into medium-sized or small-sized pieces of skin (“mini”, resp. “micro grafts”) and then will be inserted into the previously prepared areas of the balding zone.
The punch-method describes the oldest technique of hair transplant. Founded by Dr. Okuda only large pieces of about 4-mm cylinders-tissues have been extracted and transplanted to the receding area.
Preparation of the recipient area
There are, as well, several methods to create an incision on the recipient area for the later relocation of follicular units.
After the extraction process single grafts (follicular units) are relocated into previously prepared incisions on the recipient area. There are several methods to create an incision.