Can I Get FUE if I'm Not Balding? If I Have a Naturally Bad Hairline, So Can I Get FUE to Correct It?
Doctor Answers 6
I was an engineer working with Dr. Rassman in 1998 (before I became a doctor) . My work involved a concept of a robot which would use a special optical sighting system to align the hairs for an automated FUE. This work became U.S. Patent 6572625 that we licensed to the ARTAS robot. Similar technology from our U.S. Patents are used in the NeoGraft. I perform FUE in my practice with my hybrid FUE instruments, ARTAS, or even NeoGraft. My point is that I am very familiar with the FUE, ARTAS, NeoGraft, and all forms of harvesting hair follicles.
However, the focus of surgery should be on RESULTS. Not how a doctor takes out the grafts. From a donor scarring perspective, YOUR HAIR IS LONG. If you are ever going to shave your head or cut your hair really short, you should probably get the FUE. That is it. If a "line scar" scares you, then get the FUE.
Many doctors push FUE or Neograft or ARTAS claiming "no scar" or "minimally invasive".
Many doctors dissuade patients from strip surgery asking "why would you want a big scar".
Just remember a 4000 graft FUE scar is like having a collective open wound hole the size of a baseball on the back of the head. There is nothing minimally invasive about that. I also perform Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) and fix horrible FUE scars routinely. These is nothing "scarless" about FUE.
I have performed surgery on Dr. Rassman and his family members using the strip technique. The linear scar on Dr. Rassman is a pencil thin line you probably will have a hard time finding. The point is, a strip surgery scar is not as terrible as the Internet makes it out to be.
Both FUE and Strip surgeries has its place. Don't be caught up in marketing and doctors who try to sell you one type surgery.
The focus should be on Results.
A bad hair transplant result from FUE or Strip is like Herpes. You'll carry it with you for life (with either thousands of dots or a line).
Correcting a bad hairline
FUE for Naturally High Hairline
Yes, FUE is an excellent corrective procedure for a genetically high hairline, even if no pattern baldness is present. FUE is ideal for hairline restoration because of the ability to use fine donors from the nape, thus creating a very natural appearance.
You might also like...
FUE or Traditional Strip Harvest Would Work Well For You
FUE refers to the technique of how the grafts are harvested. Grafts can be harvested by removal a strip of scalp as well. Either method of harvest would work well for you. With just temporal recession of your hairline, complete restoration of your hairline should be easily achieveable.
FUE for correction of bad Hairline
The temple area is one of the easiest to correct in early male pattern baldness. This can be repaired using the traditional hair strip technique or FUE, and has little to do with the method of harvesting if you have adequate donor hair.
No grafting if you are not balding.
No grafting if you are not balding. This is my philosophy since these grafts will be out in front if your balding progresses and you do not have enough hair to complete the process. Michael Keaton is an example of this.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.