What is FUE Follicular Transfer ?
FUE Follicular Transfer is a modern hair restoration technique
The hairs are transplanted in groups of 1-4 hairs - exactly as they grow in nature.
It is a major advance over the older hair transplantation procedures that used larger grafts and often produced a pluggy, unnatural look. In a properly performed follicular unit transplant, the results will mimic the way hair grows in nature and will be undetectable as a hair transplant.
The first hair transplant was performed by Dr. Norman Orentreich in the late 1950s, in the United States. He proposed the concept of "donor dominance" - the idea that grafts continue to show the characteristics of the donor site after they have been transplanted to a new site. This principle provides the basis for all hair transplant surgery. Although "donor dominance" insured that transplanted hair will continue to grow, it did not insure that the results would look natural.
FT technique is actually a two-step procedure.
During the first step, also called FUE(Follicullar Unit Extraction), direct extraction of follicular units from the patient's donor area is performed. It allows the surgeon to select individual follicular units from a donor region in a pattern that virtually solves the potential problem of visibly lower donor area density after the procedure. The surgeon uses a small punch(a sort of a special needle) (0,75 - 0.9 mm diameter)to pluck out the follicular units, eliminating the need for excision of skin from the back of the head. Benefits of FUE are: a quicker healing time, far less trauma, no strip scar, and the surgeon's ability to individually select follicular units(by selecting the healthiest follicles the regrowth in most patients can be pushed to 100%). Discomfort in the donor area has been practically eliminated.
In the mean time, as soon as the grafts are extracted, an assistant(a thoroughly trained and acknoledged specialist in respectfully handling and precisely preparing grafts for maximum regrowth yield) is preparing them for their placement in the recipient area, under a state of the art technology stereo microscope.
The Second part of the procedure is the Follicular Implantation.
The surgeon uses a fine needle to puncture the sites for implanting the grafts, creating micro-holes(incisions) with predetermined density and pattern, and angling them in a consistent fashion to promote a realistic hair pattern. This is then followed by the final phase when the surgeon inserts the grafts in the prepared incisions.
This technique offers a minimally invasive surgical procedure that benefits from a shortened recovery time and reduced risk of complications. Other similar techniques are also known to be standard offerings in the field, however there are only few surgeons who have mastered this procedure in all it's aspects because this technique takes much practice and a number of years to perfect
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