How and when to perform a Perkutan hair transplant
The term Perkutan hair transplant refers to the use of the Perkutan method –also called percutaneous method- in order to perform a hair surgery. Together with the microfibromatology method, it´s one of the two main techniques used in the modern FUE technique to open the channels in the reception area.
During the Perkutan method, the channels that will include hair follicles are opened in the receiving area using a micro needle made of titanium to allow a good implantation of the extracted bulbs, and at the same time controlling the depth and direction of the follicles to make the final result be the best and most natural possible.
How a hair surgery using the Perkuthan method is performed?
All the operation takes place under local anaesthesia and is completely painless. It lasts between five to seven hours, depending on each case. The procedure is performed in one session during which our medical team can take up to 4,000 to 5,000 grafts from the donor area.
The extraction of the hair bulbs always uses the same process. The follicles are extracted from the donor area using a micro punch of size ranging from 0.6 mm to 0.8 mm in diameter, one by one. These follicles of hair are then carefully sorted to be deposited into the bald area(s) using a special process.
To open the channels, the medical team can decide to use the percutaneous technique; in this case a thin sharp head is used during this step. This allows the opening of channels -which are very close each one to the other- while at the same time respecting the natural shape of the hair, unlike the steel blade process used during the classic FUE method.
When transplanting the hair grafts one by one onto the area(s) of baldness, we always respect the natural shape of the hair. The follicles containing one hair are placed or implanted in the frontal area, while those follicles containing more than one hair are implanted onto the upper zones in order to obtain more density.
What are the benefits of using this technique?
When we perform the operation, we take into consideration the elasticity and thickness of the skin, the thickness of the hair bulb (thin, thick or normal) and the degree of baldness associated with the patient; we then open the channels without damaging your existing hair.
These are the main benefits of using the Perkutan method:
- Obtaining a high density of about 70 hair bulbs per cm2 (the normal density is about 90 to 120 bulbs per cm2).
- Faster healing time.
- Higher density of hair but also more natural results.
- A lower formation of scabs on the implanted area.
- In cases of increasing the hair density, hair already present is in no way damaged thanks to the use of very fine needles when opening the channels.
Can I choose this method for my hair transplant surgery?
As we said before, there are two main techniques used to open the channels in the reception area of baldness: the Perkutan method, and the Microfibromatology method. The choice between one method or another will depend on the condition of the baldness, and also on the size of the grafts and their length.
Therefore the use of the percutaneous technique during the hair transplant surgery is not feasible for all patients, and ultimately will be decided during the consultation with our medical team, according to your degree of baldness, hair type, pre-existing medical conditions, etc. In any case, our clinical staff will always choose the most appropriate method to give you the best results.
If you have any question regarding the Perkutan hair transplant or the percutaneous method, please don´t hesitate in contacting us. In Clinicana we are always keen to help you and give you all the information you need, without compromise.