Can Hair Transplant Surgery Restore Thinning Hair?

Turning bald is a growing concern among many individuals. Although hair loss does not look the same for everyone, it can be frustrating and embarrassing. With incredible advancements in hair loss technology, patients now have options for treating thinning hair. Hair transplant surgery gives people the opportunity to restore their natural hair for a youthful, life-changing look.

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah and board-certified physician Dr. Sameea Chughtai are proud to offer follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT) at Aesthetic Scalp. Compare the procedures below and schedule a consultation in Chicago, IL to determine which is appropriate for you.

How does hair transplant surgery work?

To learn if you are a candidate for either treatment, you need to attend a consultation with one of our board-certified doctors. The specifics of your hair transplant procedure depend on several factors, such as your age and the severity of your hair loss. Once we have assessed the cause and extent of your hair loss, we can develop a custom treatment plan. The two most widely used and hair restoration methods are FUE and FUT, both of which have unique characteristics to suit your particular needs.

What is an FUE hair transplant?

Follicular unit extraction is performed using the ARTASĀ® Robotic Hair Restoration system. This technique works for patients who want to improve their hairline and add depth to the thinning areas of the scalp. Aesthetic Scalp chooses a donor region on the back of the scalp since this is the area where hair growth is most continuous. An FUE hair transplant harvests follicles one by one through a minimally invasive approach that does not require stitches. Patients may notice some scabbing, but scabs are small and will flake away shortly after treatment.

What is an FUT hair transplant?

An FUT hair transplant is often considered the more traditional method of hair restoration. This system involves taking a strip of skin from the back of the scalp and placing it on the top of the head for natural results. Because this system results in a small linear scar, we may not recommend this procedure for patients who wear their hair short or buzzed. Aesthetic Scalp has performed countless surgeries for individuals in Chicago, IL, and does a wonderful job of hiding scars in discreet locations whenever possible.

Comparing FUE and FUT

It may be challenging to choose between the FUE and FUT hair transplant system, as both are equally effective and produce great outcomes. No matter which solution we choose, you can rest assured you are in great hands. A consultation is the perfect time to discuss your hair loss goals and understand which works better for you. Some of the most compelling differences include:

  • Extraction: FUE takes follicles directly from the scalp, while FUT excises a strip of skin

  • Scarring: FUE causes no visible scarring, while FUT leaves patients with a linear scar

  • Recovery: FUE requires little downtime, FUT recovery may be more involved

Schedule hair transplant surgery

Many people believe their hair is one of their most important physical features. It can play a major role in your personal confidence and self-esteem. Those struggling with thinning or balding hair can turn to hair transplant surgery with the professionals at Aesthetic Scalp. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah and board-certified physician Dr. Sameea Chughtai offer FUE hair transplant and FUT hair transplant options so you can look and feel good again. Reach out to our office in Chicago, IL, to learn about our high-quality care.