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Hair transplantation is a popular surgical technique used to restore hair growth in individuals who have experienced hair loss. Two common methods used in hair transplantation are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and mini-graft hair transplantation. Both methods involve harvesting hair follicles from a donor site on the scalp and transplanting them to the recipient site, but there are some key differences between the two techniques.
What is FUE hair transplantation?
FUE hair transplantation is a minimally invasive technique that involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor site using a specialized tool called a punch. The punch creates tiny circular incisions around each hair follicle, which are then extracted and transplanted into the recipient site. FUE is known for its natural-looking results, minimal scarring, and quick recovery time.
What is mini-graft hair transplantation?
Mini-graft hair transplantation, also known as micro-grafting or strip grafting, is an older hair transplantation technique that involves removing a strip of skin from the donor site and dividing it into small grafts, each containing 2-4 hair follicles. These grafts are then transplanted into the recipient site in a pattern that mimics natural hair growth.
What are the differences between FUE and mini-graft hair transplantation?
One of the key differences between FUE and mini-graft hair transplantation is the size of the hair grafts used. In FUE, individual hair follicles are extracted one by one, resulting in a more natural-looking hairline and a more even distribution of hair across the scalp. In contrast, mini-graft hair transplantation uses larger grafts that can result in a less natural-looking result.
Another difference is the scarring pattern. In FUE, small circular scars are created at the donor site, which can be easily concealed by surrounding hair. In contrast, mini-graft hair transplantation can result in a linear scar at the donor site, which may be more visible if the hair is cut short.
Additionally, FUE is a less invasive technique that results in less discomfort and a faster recovery time compared to mini-graft hair transplantation. With FUE, patients can usually return to work and normal activities within a few days, while with mini-graft hair transplantation, recovery can take several weeks.
While mini-graft hair transplantation was once a popular hair restoration technique, it has largely been replaced by more modern methods such as FUE. FUE offers a more natural-looking result, a faster recovery time, and less noticeable scarring compared to mini-graft hair transplantation. Consult with a qualified hair restoration surgeon to determine the best approach for your specific situation.