If you’ve been researchinghair transplantation, you’ve more than likely heard of hair transection.
Hair transection is when the hair bulb is accidentally damaged during extraction or transplantation. The hair bulb is what’s responsible for the growth of the transplanted hair so the more follicles that are damaged, the less chance you’ll have of your hair growing the way that you want it to.
A Closer Look at FUE
Let’s take a step back and look at the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method for transplanting hair.
During an FUE procedure, the patient’s hair is shaved in the area where the donor hair will be extracted. The donor hair follicles are then individually extracted using a punch and without leaving any scars.
The FUE method is very different to the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) method, which requires an entire strip of hair to be removed and will result in some scarring. Unfortunately, this scar is visible after the procedure but there are ways to minimise this.
These hair implants procedure details & this gallery will give you further details on the two methods.
How Does Transection Happen?
Hair transection can either occur during the extraction or the transplantation phase of your procedure and is the result of the scalpel cutting through the hair bulb. In the case of FUE, transection is possible if too much pressure is applied when the punching graft is used.
Your surgeon’s skills will play a leading role in how much transection occurs during your procedure. It should be noted that some transection will always occur but an experienced surgeon can minimise it. During your consultation, it helps to ask your doctor about the transection rate of the clinic and a reputable clinic will always be able to give you this information.
On average, a good hair transection rate is about 5% – anything higher than 20% and it might be time to consider a few other clinics.
Your surgeon should be the only person to extract and transplant the hair follicles as this will ensure a much higher rate of success.
Avoiding Hair Transections
There are two main ways to avoid a high rate of hair transections, with the first being the use of proper tools.
The right tools can make all the difference to the transection rate of your procedure so don’t be nervous to find out more about the tools that will be used and how they can reduce the rate of transection.
The second is, of course, the experience of your surgeon. Hair transplantation is a very delicate procedure that requires a specific set of skills. Not just anyone should be performing a hair transplant and most of the top clinics will specialise in hair transplantation alone.
You can also learn a lot about what a hair transplant surgeon is capable of by reading through patient reviews and going through their before and after gallery. If they can’t show you any before and after photos, it’s time to consult with a different doctor.