WHAT IS THE AUTOMATED FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION HAIR REPLACEMENT SYSTEM?
Automated Follicular Unit Extraction is a revolutionary hair transplantation device that allows your doctor to use the most up-to-date and clinically proven method of hair transplantation called FUE (follicular unit extraction). FUE generally relies on the skill of the surgeon to be precise. With the added use of Automated Follicular Unit Extraction, your doctor can provide absolute and exact placement of hair transplant using technology that operates under pneumatic pressure, with precision automated control. What that means to you is that your hair transplant procedure can be performed in a safe and efficient manner with the utmost in accuracy and precision. Providing you with a completely natural appearance and with less pain and less downtime.
- New Transplant Technology Allows Maximum Coverage Possible
- No Surgery and No Scars
- Natural Looking Results
- Minimal Discomfort
- Fast Recovery
HOW IS AUTOMATED FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION PERFORMED?
Hair transplantation is a process in which hair is taken from the back of the head and replaced in areas where hair loss has occurred. The Automated Follicular Unit Extraction device uses a special technology that is able to quickly and painlessly remove the hair follicles from the back of the head and implant them to balding areas. Automated Follicular Unit Extraction uses a controlled pneumatic pressure to slide out the graft smoothly, so there is no pulling or twisting which can risk damaging the graft. Because the Automated Follicular Unit Extraction transplant is faster than other out of date methods, the grafts can be re-implanted sooner which keeps them more robust, increasing the success of the grafting process.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
Unlike the old fashioned “punch grafting” technique that often produces an altered texture or unnatural straight lines (corn row) of hair appearance, Automated Follicular Unit Extraction has dramatically improved the results of hair restoration surgery. Grafting sessions are designed to replace the lost hair, refine the thinning hairline and provide a healthy and natural appearance. Results will vary depending
upon your personal level of baldness.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A CANDIDATE?
Candidates for hair restoration surgery are those individuals with hair loss that have sufficient donor hair on the back of the scalp to transplant into the frontal balding areas. The best candidates are those men and women with only frontal or partial hair loss and with adequate donor hair. Your doctor will assess the amount of coverage needed to give you the appearance you desire.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
The science behind grafting is quite simple. Hair follicles are taken from the hair at the back of the head that is genetically programmed to continue to grow. The follicles that hold your transplanted hair are living tissues that grow cyclically. Like normal hair growth, transplantation is an ongoing process that requires a commitment of time. Once the hair follicle has been implanted into the balding area, the grafted hair will stay in place for about two to three weeks before shedding. After shedding, the new
growth will begin in 3-4 months; this is normal and an important part of the new hair growth process. After that time period, the hair will continue to grow normally; your result will look healthy and natural.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Most men start to develop male pattern baldness at approximately 40-45 years of age. For women, they may reach the age of 55-60 before their balding pattern manifests. Hair loss does not stop after a transplantation, some people will need continuing maintenance and further sessions will likely be required, particularly if your balding patterns continue with age. Progressive hair loss or the desire for more density may require more transplants. An estimate of balding pattern and the number of procedures
needed will be discussed during your consultation.
FUE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
What is an “FUE” hair transplant?
“F.U.E.” or “Follicular-Unit Extraction” is an advanced, minimally-invasive hair transplant method which allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the donor area without a scalpel incision or the necessary stitches, and therefore leaves no linear scar.
What are the main benefits of FUE over the “strip” surgery?
It is well accepted that FUE transplants heal faster and more comfortably than linear incision harvest techniques using a scalpel and requiring stitches. With FUE, once healing is complete, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without the worry of a tell-tale linear scar. Without the need for stitches, downtime is shorter with fewer activity restrictions immediately after the procedure.
Who is a good candidate for FUE?
Patients who would like the option of wearing a very short haircut in the back or sides of their scalp, or those who want the least amount of activity restriction (e.g. athletes) after their hair transplant procedure, may be good candidates for FUE. The FUE System can also be used for ‘scar camouflage’ procedures for patients who have had prior linear harvests, as well as for body hair transplants.
What are the major cost differences between FUE and the “strip” hair transplant procedures?
The fee structure for FUE hair transplant procedures reflect the more detailed and intricate nature of those procedures compared to those performed with a “strip” linear harvest surgery.
Are the final transplanted ‘results’ any different with the FUE method than those achieved with the “strip” surgery?
Results are similar. FUE procedures, by default, yield grafts that contain mainly one, two, three, or four follicles called “follicular units. “Strip” harvests, which are microscopically dissected by a team into grafts of one, two or three follicles, would also yield similar ‘follicular-unit’ grafts. Provided that in each case the grafts are implanted with care, artistry and precision into the recipient area, the final transplanted results with FUE would be similar, if not identical, to those of an accomplished surgeon performing the “strip” harvest. The difference is not in the area of hair growth, but how the donor area is harvested either by a strip of scalp or by small individual graft extractions.
Is the FUE system suitable for both men and women?
Yes. Because FUE is a minimally-invasive procedure, it is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own living and growing hair with transplantation.
Do I have to get a total ‘buzz cut’ to have an FUE procedure?
No, not if your wear your hair long. If your donor hair is long enough, harvesting using the FUE system can be done by shaving small areas which can be covered by your other, existing hair. If you wear your hair short, it helps to shave it close for maximum yield. It looks more natural sooner as the transplanted grafts are short as well.
Am I a good candidate for a procedure using FUE?
The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for hair transplant using FUE is a one-on-one consultation with your doctor.