Cosmetic Town Journal 6/27/15 Article on FUE

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Hair Transplants With No linear Scar? FUE-Tastic!June 2015While there are many people who enjoy a life blessed with a full head of hair, half of the American population will suffer from hair loss by the time they reach 50. There are various non-surgical and some hair transplant methods to help restore hair to those who are experiencing hair loss or for those who have lost a considerable amount of hair. One of the most popular methods for hair transplantation is known as a FUE transplant.
WHAT DOES FUE STAND FOR AND HOW DOES IT WORK? FUE is short for Follicular Unit Extraction. Basically, FUE is when the hair is taken directly from the back of the head, one-hair grouping at a time.
FUE has a number of advantages over the traditional strip graft procedure. One of the main advantages is the lack of a linear scar and no stitches. The surgeon removes the hair from the back of the head, one or two hairs at a time and when it’s healed, the patient will end up with only a scar, slightly larger than the period at the end of this sentence. With an extremely small scar, there will be no perceptible pain after the surgery and patients may return to full activities within a week after the procedure, it’s like not having a surgery at all.
WHO MAKES A GOOD FUE TRANSPLANT CANDIDATE?The best candidates are the people who want to get their hair back. Balding patients who suffer from their balding day after day, as their balding gets worse, month after month and year after year are the best candidates. This type of psychological and social pain is far worse than any surgery. Most people easily have enough hair, which is never lost, at the back of their head to cover a balding area the size of half a grapefruit.
IS THERE ANY PRIOR PROCEDURE PREPARATION?We ask patients to have a good breakfast in the morning and when they come in, after signing the appropriate paper work, they will be sedated. The sedation puts most people into a very pleasant dream state. A local anesthetic is given, just like the dentist does, but because of the sedation, most people barely feel it. Once the procedure has started, patients shouldn’t feel anything and their head will be numb for the rest of the day, even for a few hours after they get home.
ARE THERE ANY LIMIATIONS TO THE PROCEDURE?The only real limitation is the fact that patients have to cut the hair in the back of the head very short for FUE. This is the area where the doctor takes the hair from. People normally get a short haircut that allows them to let their hair grow after about a week or so and look pretty normal.
ARE FUE RESULTS PERMANENT?The doctor moves hair from the back of the head (donor area) to the front of the head (bald area) so patients will no longer be bald as the new hair grows out, covering up the bald area. Once the hair starts growing it will grow for the rest of the patient’s life and the hair will live as long as the patient is alive. Once this hair grows out in its new home (i.e. in the front of the head) patients will have to get regular haircuts. Many patients go back to work in a week. Within a week, they look like they had a short haircut and they are ready to resume their lives.
The recovery is almost painless and there is no significant scarring after the surgery. That is good news for people worried about the line scar from a more traditional strip procedure or people who always like to keep their hair very short. The FUE procedure is therefore an attractive option for the young man.
IS IT AN EXPENSIVE PROCEDURE?Everybody is different so there is no set cost. But to give an example, a FUE procedure for somebody who is bald in the first 3 inches of his or her head might cost around $7,000. This also depends upon the type of hair patients have as people with very fine hair will need more hair transplanted than a person with coarse hair.
IS THERE MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF FUE PROCEDURE?There are two types of FUE procedures. One is the manual technique and the other is a robotically controlled procedure. Patients can choose to have it done manually or robotically since there is not a huge difference in the end benefits of the two procedures.
The robot will assure that at the least, the hair grafts will come out undamaged. If patients are not 100% certain of the skill set of their doctor, then the robotic method might be better than having the doctor do a manual procedure. As a contributor to the Robotic hair transplant and as the inventor of the FUE method, we feel confident in advising patients to choose a hair transplant surgeon with many years of experience in the field. Patients on planning on having this procedure should plan on spending much of the day in the surgery with the surgical team. Patients will watch movies, eat a good meal and have good conversation with the doctor and his staff.
CONCLUSIONNo matter which hair transplant method patients decide to use, it’s recommended that people less than 25 years of age wait to have a FUE procedure unless they are fast-tracking the balding process. People under 25 years old are likely to be early in the balding process. Their rate of balding can still accelerate so the final pattern of their hairline can still be unknown. Medications can be very effective at stopping or reversing the hair loss in these young men. Whether patients are under 25 years old, or even 70, they should schedule an individual assessment with their doctor before making a final decision.
Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team based on an exclusive interview provided by Dr. William Rassman of New Hair Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

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