Like any other medical problem, hair fall treatment also varies from patient to patient to patient depending on their specific needs. From the 3 most popular methods, each is suited to specific needs and carries certain drawbacks.
1. Follicular unit extraction (FUE): Individual units of 1-4 hairs are removed under local anesthesia and then inserted by technicians. Although it takes longer than FUT (Follicular unit transplant), it is less painful. It does not leave any lasting scars and the donor hair can be extracted from any part of the body. It also benefits from a faster recovery time (1 day as compared to 4-5 in FUT). This is more suitable for covering smaller patches.
2. FUT (Follicular unit transplant): Strips of hair bearing scalp are taken from the back of the head and broken down to follicular units. These are less sensitive than FUE technique and have a better chance of survival. The surgery is faster (5-6 hours as compared to 10-12) and it tends to be cheaper. This is more suitable for covering larger patches.
3. Robotic Hair restoration: Digital imaging and robotic assistance is used with FUE for greater accuracy. This is a faster and more accurate process. Chances of wounds and over-harvesting of hair are minimal and resulting hair cover is better. This also promises a greater chance of survival although this tends to be more expensive.