Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
In the past, hair transplantation relied upon techniques such as “hair plugs,” surgically removing patches of skin from areas with healthy hair growth and placing them in thinning areas. In skilled hands these procedures can achieve outcomes that satisfy patients, but they do involve the potential for visible scarring and other unwanted effects.
Over time, new approaches to transplantation have developed that are less invasive and that can lead to hair restoration that with more natural results. An important development is called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Dr. Wolfeld performs arguably the best FUE hair transplant NYC has to offer.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction?
The term “follicular unit” refers to a group of one to four healthy hairs growing from producing follicles. In FUE, these units are harvested from the scalp. The purpose of a follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure is to collect these units and place them in areas of the scalp where hair loss has occurred, enabling new hair growth in these areas.
The units are harvested randomly from the back and the sides of the scalp. The hair restoration surgeon makes a small circular incision around the hairs and then extracts them from the scalp. When enough follicular units have been collected, they are implanted individually in the target areas.
Why Choose Dr. Wolfeld?
Dr. Michael Wolfeld is an acclaimed hair restoration specialist in New York City, and the only hair restoration specialist in the country who is board certified in both plastic surgery and hair restoration. At a boutique practice focused strictly on hair restoration, he draws upon his extensive experience in the field of aesthetics to assist his patients to overcome hair loss, improving quality of life and self-confidence.
What Are the Advantages of FUE?
Our Follicular hair transplant in Westchester offers a number of benefits, including:
- Due to the fact that the incisions are very small, there is very little scarring.
- The small extraction sites heal quickly, speeding recovery.
- You will have fewer restrictions on your activity during the recovery period than you would if a larger segment of tissue had been removed.
- You will be able to wear your hair as short as you like – no worries about a scar on the back of the head as was the case with traditional hair transplant techniques.
What Is FUE Treatment Like?
Due to the fact that each follicular unit must be carefully and correctly harvested, the procedure requires time and patience. A hair transplant design can require the harvesting and placement of several hundred units. The harvest site will be shaved before the procedure to facilitate the precise harvesting that the procedure requires. You will lie face down during the procedure, and local anesthetic will be injected in your scalp to help you remain comfortable. The process of collecting and placing the follicular units requires several hours. The exact length of time required will depend on your transplant design.
Frequently Asked Questions: FUE
How can you determine if FUE is the right treatment for your hair restoration? There are a number of issues to consider when making a decision.
Am I a Good Candidate for FUE?
FUE is a good choice for patients who have conditions that could cause problems with healing or scarring, for those who can only be away from work for a limited time or for those who prefer to wear their hair short.
Is the Procedure Painful?
You should not experience significant discomfort during or after FUE. Any discomfort is typically easily managed with over the counter pain medication for the first day or two.
Am I Too Old for FUE?
Age is not a factor with regard to this procedure. It can be provided to patients in their twenties or in their seventies, providing they are medically eligible.
How Long Until I See New Hair Growth?
You should begin to see new hair within three months after your surgery, and significant new growth after six months have passed.
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