Premature hair loss is a genetic condition that affects men and women of all ages. People have been trying to reverse hair loss as far back as we know. An ancient Egyptian remedy called for reciting a spell to the sun god and then swallowing a mixture of onions, iron, red lead, honey and alabaster. Another encouraged rubbing the fat of various animals onto the scalp, including that of lions, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, ibex, serpents and geese. Today, a variety of over the counter and prescription products are available to stimulate hair growth. Some, like Propecia and Minoxidil have been shown to have benefit. Others (most other products) have never been shown to really work.
In the late 1950s, a physician named Norman Orentreich popularized the concept of transplanting hair from the back to the front of the scalp. He was following the research of a Japanese dermatologist who was the first to publish this technique in 1939. Since then, hair transplant procedures have generally involved harvesting a strip of skin and hair from the back of the scalp, splitting the tissue into follicular units of one to four hairs and transplanting these follicular unit hair grafts into the areas of hair loss. The technique is effective in that the transplanted hair grows well, but patients do wind up with a scar on the back of the head that is noticeable with short hairstyles. There is also a sensation of tightness in the area as well as some downtime and pain involved, since a large amount of skin is excised.
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The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) device was developed to help automate and simplify the hair transplant procedure. Instead of harvesting a strip of skin and dividing it into units, the surgeon can, take individual follicular units from the back of the head and transplant them directly into the area of hair loss. This way of harvesting grafts is called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The procedure now becomes much easier to tolerate with minimal pain or downtime, no scarring and no sensation of tightness. Patients can wear a short hairstyle and all signs of the procedure are gone within a few days.
While FUE does avoid the risks and trauma associated with surgery, it, like traditional surgery, sometimes requires several procedure sessions. About 1500 grafts can be harvested and transplanted per day, so most people need 1 to 2 sessions for optimal effect. Ultimately the amount of grafts needed depends on the patient’s degree of hair loss and on how dense the donor hair is.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a safe and effective treatment that provides an advanced, non-surgical alternative to surgical hair transplants. FUE employs pneumatic pressure (suction) that allows a gentler removal of hair follicles. After removal, the healthy follicles are passed into a sterile holding reservoir, which preserves their integrity. The Follicular Unit Extraction procedure with is faster than traditional hair transplantation, thus follicles can be re-implanted sooner, keeping them more robust and increasing the success of the grafting process. If there is not sufficient hair growing on the back of the head then body hair follicles may also be extracted and used via FEU transplantation.
Transplanted follicles collected by the FUE system generally take between three and five months to grow new hair. The results are gradual, which makes the procedure seem less obvious than surgical methods. NeoGraft for FUE transplants mimic the original pattern of hair growth leaving patients with natural looking results.
Patients opting for FUE hair transplants do not require systemic anesthesia. We use small amounts of local anesthetic, making the procedure virtually painless and allowing the patient to remain awake during the entire process. Recovery time is minimal and in most cases patients can return to work within a day or two after undergoing the FUE treatment.
Over 6000 successful Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants have been performed in Asia and Europe with excellent results.
The cost for FUE hair transplant treatment is similar to that of traditional surgery. The results are permanent. After the procedure, patients are instructed to keep the area clean, avoid the sun and use antibiotic ointment.
Dr. Rivkin will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the NeoGraft procedure. During your complimentary consultation Dr. Rivkin can determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this innovative non-surgical hair loss treatment. Contact us by phone or email today!