Hair Transplant Surgery – FUT and FUE
At Enhance Medical, the surgical hair restoration technique of Follicular Unit Transplantation is performed under local anesthesia. We perform both FUT strip and (FUE) Follicular Unit Extraction procedures. With FUT strip harvest procedures, a thin strip of donor hair is harvested from the donor area which is the region of hair on the back of the head in which the hair is genetically programmed not to fall out. These hairs are permanent. The donor strip is then placed under a microscope which is designed specifically for hair restoration surgery and the strip is then dissected into microscopic grafts of individual follicular units, of one to four hairs. This all important step in hair restoration surgery must be precise in order to gain the best yield from your donor area. For FUE procedures, the SAFE System is used to extract individual follicular units from the donor area.
During both procedures your precious grafts are placed in a cold, tissue storage solution and kept as such until they are meticulously placed in the recipient sites created by your hair transplant surgeon.
Extreme attention is given to the exact angle and direction of each tiny recipient site in order to maximize the redistribution of your transplanted hair to achieve aesthetic and artistic density, meaning to give the most natural looking result and the greatest allusion of more hair. In most procedures, the 1- hair grafts are placed in the frontal hairline and temporal peeks, the 2-hair grafts immediately behind the hairline grafts and the 3 and 4 hair follicular units are placed through central and forelock zones. This may vary with Corrective Procedures where repair of “old plugs” requires more creative design to soften the “pluggy” appearance of older surgical hair restoration techniques. When the surgical hair restoration procedure is complete, patients are given a 20 minute laser light therapy session to initiate the healing process. With this advanced surgical hair restoration technique, patients leave our office without any bandages.
Since most patients are concerned about washing their newly transplanted hair for the first time, we encourage all of patients to come back the next day for a complimentary hair wash to learn how to care for their transplanted hair during the crucial first week of recovery. Additionally, surgical hair restoration patients are provided with a specific daily routine to follow for the first 10 days post-operatively. After the procedure, if there is any discomfort related to the procedure it is normally treated with oral medications.
Transplanted hair goes through the same resting and growing phases of your normal hair. The hairs of the transplanted grafts will begin to grow at approximately 4 months after your procedure and continue through months 10 – 12 post operatively.
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What is Follicular Unit Transplantation?
Follicular Unit Transplantation [FUT] is a surgical hair restoration technique performed under local anesthesia. A thin strip of donor hair is harvested from the hair transplant patient’s donor area which is the region of hair on the back of the head in which the hair is genetically programmed to grow for life. These hairs are permanent. The donor strip is then placed under the Ziering Scope which is designed specifically for hair restoration surgery and the strip is then dissected into microscopic grafts of individual follicular units, of one to four hairs.
This all important step in hair restoration surgery must be precise in order to gain the best yield from your donor area. These precious grafts are placed in a cold, tissue storage and kept as such until they are meticulously placed in the recipient sites created by your surgeon. Because Follicular Unit Transplantation reproduces the way hair grows naturally, surgical hair restoration results appear completely natural and are indistinguishable from one’s original hair.
If hair loss is progressive, then why do hair transplants work?
The donor area is the strip of hair at the back of the head that is genetically programmed not to fall out. Even very bald individuals generally maintain the hair in their donor area. You can remove about half of the donor area before it becomes noticeable cosmetically. There is a limit to donor availability. Average available donor is between 5,000 and 8,000 follicular units, not all of which can be harvested at one time. Hair loss need not be permanent. Ziering surgeons can help you take control of your hair loss.
Is hair transplantation painful?
This is not only a frequently asked question, it is a common fear for most prospective hair transplant patients. After hair transplant patients have completed their procedures, they are surprised at how comfortable they were throughout the procedure. At Ziering Medical, we utilize specialized techniques to administer your anesthesia very slowly to provide optimal comfort for your personal needs. Dr. Ziering believes that having a hair restoration procedure is the beginning of a new life and the entire process should not be a painful one.
Will it really look natural?
Yes. Hair loss surgery is not what it used to be. Microscopic Follicular Unit Grafting and proper placement of the follicular units with appropriate angle, direction and orientation makes today’s hair transplants undetectable. “Natural” is by far the most common reaction we hear about the results. The only people who know will be the ones that you chose to tell.
Who is a candidate for a hair restoration procedure?
As many factors come to bear in assessing an individual’s candidacy for hair restoration, the answer to this question can only be determined by a physician well versed in the surgical management of hair loss. Not everyone with hair loss is a candidate for hair transplantation though the majority of men and women with realistic expectation are good candidates. Ziering physicians will provide patients with a thorough examination to analyze their type and degree of hair loss. At the conclusion of this complimentary consultation, advice will be provided outlining medical and surgical treatment options.
What should I expect to look like after the procedure?
For the first week following the procedure the transplanted zone displays small crusts associated with the creation of the receptor site incisions and a variable degree of erythema [redness] depending on one’s skin type. Swelling of the forehead is a potential consequence of a hair transplant; particularly one focused upon the hairline and frontal portion of the head. If you have swelling, it typically peaks on the third day and is resolved by day 7. A small percentage of patients have swelling. By the time a week or so passes the transplanted patient’s appearance normalizes. The sutures placed inconspicuously in the donor region are removed on the 10th day following the transplant.
The transplanted hair frequently responds to the act of relocation by entering the dormant or resting stage of the hair growth cycle. When a hair enters this stage the hair shaft sheds, leaving the follicle residing beneath the skin alive and well. From this resting follicle a new hair shaft will grow in 3 to 4 months with the majority of your change occurring between 5 and 10 months and sometimes up to 15 to 19 months. The hair then continues to participate in the natural cycle of hair growth.
Are my activities restricted after the surgery? If so, for how long?
Ziering Medical will provide you with a complete list of all activities that should be avoided in the post-operative period. Strenuous physical activity inclusive of vigorous aerobic exercise and power weight training should not be performed until two weeks following the procedure. After the sutures are removed at ten days one can slowly begin to reintroduce an exercise regiment beginning with cardio and slowing adding back weight training. Early excessive movement and particularly strain on the healing donor wound can increase the likelihood of a widened donor scar. Ideally one should reduce their activity profile and ensure adequate rest during the week immediately following the surgery.
When can I go back to work after the procedure?
We recommend taking a few days off from work following the procedure. Thereafter it becomes a question of one’s comfort level in terms of appearance as to the timeframe of returning to the workplace. As residual erythema [redness] typically lingers for five or six days following the procedure, many individuals take off a full week from work. From 10 days to 2 weeks, virtually all signs or indications of the hair transplant procedure have disappeared.
Are surgical hair transplants a treatment option for women?
Depending on the nature and degree of hair loss women may or may not be candidates for hair transplantation surgery. Goals and expectations need to be carefully reviewed in advance of contemplating surgery and if there exists medical questions pertaining to the nature of the loss or its future course, then medical laboratory investigation may additionally be warranted. With the advancements in technology and surgical techniques, many women make very good candidates for the strip method of microscopic follicular unit transplants. In addition to genetic hair loss, women can be treated for traction alopecia, camouflaging of scars from face and brow lift cosmetic procedures, as well as eyebrow hair restoration.
How much does a hair transplant cost?
Hair transplants are usually priced by the graft or by the zone being transplanted. Costs a typical hair restoration procedure can range between 3,500 GBP to more than 10,000 GBP’s.
Hair Transplant Surgery
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Enhance Medical offer both FUT and FUE hair transplant procedures.