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FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair_transplantIn a nutshell, Follicular Unit Extraction – or FUE, as it is also known – is a technique by which we are able to extract follicular units (groupings of 1, 2 or 3 hairs) individually from the donor hair-bearing region using small punches instead of a scalpel blade. Basically, it is a method of hair transplantation which is void of scalpel or stitches for extraction of donor hair.

The harvesting of each follicular unit via FUE is usually done with the assistance of automated devices and small punches. Among the most popular automated devices is the NeoGraft™, which has been widely advertised. While the Neograft™ is a useful and well crafted device, it is not the only high quality automated tool available to assist in FUE procedures. What is really important is the experience and skill of the surgeon operating the device, whichever one it is.

Our device of choice is the AlhphaGraft device. The main advantages of it are its portability, small size and ergonomics, and the fact that Dr. Barusco is able to control the speed and rotation of the punch to customize it to each patient’s skin and hair. A depth limiter provides control of how deep the punch penetrates the skin, which decreases trauma to the tissue, decreasing transection and trauma to the hairs.

FUE donor area 1 year post-op 1800 grafts

FUE donor area 1 year post-op 1800 grafts

Patients walk out of the procedure with the follicular units implanted as they would with a traditional FUT procedure, but there are no stitches in the donor areas. The tiny circular incisions made to extract the follicular units will heal and become nearly invisible within a matter of days. The lack of a linear incision will usually allow patients to wear their hair shorter on the donor area, without the fear of having a visible linear scar.

One of the peculiar advantages of FUE procedures is that hair from other areas of the body (beard, chest, etc) may be harvested and used as donor hairs. This may be important for patients with limited donor hair on the scalp and extensive hair loss.

Is FUE Hair Transplant “Scarless”?

It is very important to say that FUE procedures are not “scar free”. If a patient who had FUE transplants shaves their head completely, multiple small white dots will be seen throughout the donor area. These are the scars from the FUE procedure.

Normal FUE procedures require patients to have their donor hair shaved for the procedure, which adds downtime to the patient. Dr. Barusco’s innovative and groundbreaking No-Shave FUE procedure eliminates this problem.

Below are some important questions you should ask your potential surgeon during your consultation. Perhaps the MOST important question, however, is this: “Who is responsible for harvesting the follicular units from my scalp?” This question is very important, since many physicians recently have added FUE to their practices but employ technicians to operate the extraction device and perform the hair extraction. In our opinion, harvesting follicular units is the same as taking hundreds or thousands of skin biopsies. Therefore, only licensed professionals should be allowed to perform this procedure. So make sure you ask this question.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Follicular Unit Extraction?

Here are a few questions to ask your potential surgeon if you are considering an FUE procedure:

Is my hair curl, caliber and color adequate for an FUE procedure?

Hairs with extreme curl, very coarse or very light in color are not ideal for FUE procedures, due to the increased level of difficulty they present during harvesting. This will cause grafts to be damaged during harvesting.

How many grafts will be needed to complete the transplant?

FUE procedures can be taxing on the patient, the surgeon and the team if the patient needs a large number of grafts (more than 3,000). More than likely the procedure will have to be done in consecutive days. Also, the larger the procedure, the more costly in comparison with the same amount of grafts harvested by the strip method.

What is the potential yield of donor hair on the back of your scalp?

FUE procedures limit more the total number of hair grafts a patient can yield, because of the fact that with every surgery, more scar tissue is added, and the donor area eventually starts to look “eaten” or thinned out. If you are someone who might require multiple hair transplants to have the density and/or coverage you desire, FUE may not be the ideal solution. Strip surgery, however, may accommodate your goals.

In the likely event that you want or need future hair transplant procedures, what is the donor area look like?

As mentioned above, FUE procedures cause the donor area to look diffusely thin, and this worsens if multiple surgeries are required or desired.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Follicular Unit Extraction?

•  Patients with straight, medium-caliber hair with good hair/skin color contrast.
•  Patients interested in a smaller size procedure (typically up to 1,000 grafts).
•  Patients with limited scalp elasticity.
•  Patient who have had FUT procedures and subsequently have a limited donor supply or limited scalp elasticity.
•  Patients who have a need or desire to wear their hair exceptionally short.

A consultation with a reputable and experienced hair transplant surgeon is essential before you make your decision.

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