A receding hairline can be a constant source of stress. However, traditional hair transplant surgery can conjure some unwelcome images, scaring people away from potential solutions.
With the creation and ongoing improvement of follicular unit extraction (FUE), cosmetic surgeons can now offer clients a newer, less invasive method of hair transplant by taking tiny “punches” of skin around strategic follicles instead of long grafts. This allows for quicker healing and causes little to no permanent scarring in the harvest area at the back of the head.
Appointments for two of the most popular FUE techniques – NeoGraft and ARTAS – will become available at Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center this upcoming May. The procedure will be performed by a highly qualified surgeon trained in the use of these machines.
How Does FUE Work?
Older hair transplant surgeries called for a strip of skin that was inches long to be removed from the back of the head. This technique left patients with a long linear scar that remained noticeable through short hair, even years after the procedure.
Instead, FUE takes small “punches” of skin that look almost like small pinpricks on the scalp. However, this labor-intensive process is difficult to perform and relies on the surgeon’s ability to punch out small pieces of hair using only hand-eye coordination.
However, new advanced technology has allowed surgeons to utilize a motorized punch motion. The device reaches just beneath the root of the hair without risking damage to the follicle. This shallow incision goes deep enough to cut through the skin and normally stops right where the subdermal layer of fat is located. The extracted material contains a hair follicle that will be transplanted at the hairline.
NeoGraft technology allows surgeons to perform this “punch” motion without involving human touch. While the machine is handheld, its precise punches allow for the safe and simple removal and delivery of hair follicles. These follicles are then placed at the hairline.
The scarring left behind by this process is minimal, and the harvest area is often undetectable in two to three weeks.
The high-tech ARTAS machine features a robotic arm guided by your surgeon. The machine detects the direction of hair growth and picks the optimal areas of tightly packed follicles for transplantation, preventing overharvesting from the previously mapped field for extraction. The machine will then use smart technology to place the follicles.
What To Expect After NeoGraft or ARTAS
In both cases, light post-operative swelling is normal. It is also normal to see the initial implanted hair fall out. Due to the “shock” of removal and replacement, most hair goes into a resting phase. At this point, the hair will fall out, which is the process that happens to every hair on your head in different cycles. It is also normal to see (some of) the initial implanted hair fall out.