Hair loss is one of the most common cosmetic issues around today, and is a condition that affects both men and women. At Long Island Dermatology, we offer a number of different options for hair restoration, from PRP Hair Therapy, to the revolutionary FUE hair transplant.
What is a FUE Hair Transplant?
The FUE hair transplant, otherwise known as follicular unit extraction hair transplant method, is one of the most effective and commonly used hair transplants around today. The procedure is done by taking individual hair follicles from the patient’s scalp, generally from the back, where patient’s still have hair growing at its normal thickness and strength. The hair follicles are then transplanted to the front of the patient’s scalp, where most men, experiencing male pattern baldness, will see their hair loss start from. The FUE hair transplant replaced the FUT unit transplant method, which required patients to remove an entire piece of their scalp – which acted as the implant. Because the FUT was far less effective and far more invasive, the FUE method has gained a lot of traction.
The FUE Hair Transplant Procedure
The FUE hair transplant is highly favored because it has a higher success rate, and hair follicles are less likely to be damaged in the implantation process. Also, a surgeon doesn’t have to use the entire flap of skin or scalp, which tends to give a less natural look overall. The best candidate for a FUE hair transplant is someone with thinning hair or balding who still has enough hair nearby to use for a transplant. This is why its vital for patients to have a full hair consultation prior to their procedure, to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure.
The procedure steps will vary from patient to patient, as it is a highly individualized process. Generally, the procedure will begin with the patient having their current hair shaved down, within the donor follicle area – usually the back of the head, as well as the transplant area, usually the front. This will give your provider better access to the follicles and the scalp. Each hair follicle will be removed from the scalp, one by one, using a specialized hair punch device. Your surgeon will then make a series of incisions using a small needle within the scalp, along the treatment area – and each of the hair follicles will be inserted. Once the process is completed, the area is then cleaned and bandaged for recovery. For more information on hair transplants or to schedule your consultation, be sure to contact Long Island Dermatology today.