August 17, 2017

The FUE Hair Transplant

Losing your hair can be a devastating experience. Whether it happens slowly or all at once, and no matter what the cause may be, the truth is that losing your hair can result in a loss of self-confidence that can impact your life in virtually every way. But now, thanks to the very latest cutting-edge technology, a procedure exists that will reverse hair loss once and for all and do it both quickly and affordably.

The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method of hair transplant is radically different from the outdated methods that required large incisions in the scalp, a prolonged recovery period, and sometimes resulted in a less-than-natural-looking end result. This revolutionary new process represents the latest innovation in hair transplant procedures. And the most important thing of all is the result—a full, natural, healthy looking head of hair! Using the revolutionary NeoGraft Automated System, the FUE process is a much-improved version of earlier hair transplant methods.

The History of Hair Transplants

The concept of hair transplants originated in Japan during the 1930s, when a Japanese dermatologist developed the concept of hair grafting—in other words, transplanting hair from one area of the scalp to another. The first hair transplants in the U.S. were done during the 1950s. Initially, the size of the hair grafts was relatively large, about the size of a pencil eraser. Although these transplants were successful by in large, they produced an unnatural look. The grafts earned the nickname of “plugs,” because that’s what they resembled—clumps or “plugs” of hair that were implanted into the balding area of the scalp.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) method became increasingly popular. With the FUT method, a strip of scalp tissue is removed from the “donor” area of the scalp—typically from either the back or the side of the head—and small follicular units of 1 to 4 hairs were cut from that strip. Those units were then implanted into the balding areas of the scalp. Although the end result of the FUT method was an improvement over the “plugs” of earlier procedures, the FUT method required removal of a large strip of scalp, which meant a greater risk of infection and a much longer healing period after surgery.

The Advantages of the FUE Method

First introduced in the early 2000s, the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method of hair transplant offered patients a safe and effective alternative to the FUT method. Using a 1 mm tool and forceps, the physician individually removed grafts of hair (ranging in size from 1 to 4 hairs) from the donor site and implanted them into the recipient site. This eliminated the need for removal of a strip of scalp, which greatly reduced the risk of infection and the recovery time involved after the procedure. But that was only the beginning of the revolution in the hair transplant field.