Watching your hair thin over the years can feel defeating. One minute you look like a Vidal Sassoon model, and in what seems like the blink of an eye you’re trying out a combover. Dealing with a loss of confidence may change the way you think about yourself, and it may even alter the way other people perceive you. The good news is you aren’t resigned to hat shopping — a hair transplant lets you take a sip from the fountain of youth and restore your locks.
The traditional way of doing a hair transplant is called the follicular unit transplant (FUT) or strip method, and the more modern technique is called the follicular unit extraction (FUE). Here is everything you need to know about each procedure, and the benefits of getting a FUE hair transplant at ROXY Plastic Surgery.
The FUT method is the old fashioned way of hair transplantation. During this procedure, the doctor takes a long skin graft from the back of the head containing strong hair follicles and then inserts the follicles in areas of balding. The procedure is shorter than FUE, but it is also more invasive and will leave a long scar on the back of your head. While the strip method may be very effective, the surgeon has to stretch your scalp to close the incision, which may thin out your remaining hair. The doctor also has to cut the graft into small pieces after the surgery — as you can imagine, this is traumatic to the tissue and individual hair follicles so sometimes many of the follicles don’t survive.
The FUE method (also known as Neograft) uses new technology. It has allowed doctors to provide more uniform results to all patients, and it’s less invasive. Instead of taking a large graft from the back of your head, the surgeon looks for an area with strong hair growth and removes individual follicles to be donated to other parts of your head.
Not only is there less trauma to your scalp, but there is less trauma to the follicles themselves. There is a quick recovery time with FUE as well, so you can get back to your regularly scheduled life pretty quickly.
Watch the video below to get an inside look at what a NeoGraft Hair Transplant looks like
One of the reasons Dr. Grawe uses FUE for hair transplants is the overall patient experience. You can eat, drink, and live normally leading up to the day of the procedure. Once you arrive, you’ll take a relaxation medication so any anxiety you had about the procedure will suddenly be second to your deep thoughts about how great you’ll look with a new head of hair.
You’ll then get set up in a spa bed while the grafts are harvested. After lunch, you get to watch TV or read the newspaper while the grafts are placed in your bald spot or area of thinning. After that, we wrap you up and send you on your freshly rejuvenated way!
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