Newport Beach Hair Restoration Center

Newport Beach Hair Restoration Center

23 Corporate Plaza Drive, Ste. 150 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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SURGICAL OPTIONS FOR HAIR LOSS

 

Hair loss affects millions of men and women in the world. It is estimated that about 40% of men will experience alopecia or baldness by the age of 40. By the age of 50, nearly half of all men will notice hair loss.

FUT

The earliest surgical methods to correct hair loss involved removing a long strip of scalp from the non-balding scalp on the back of the head. This piece of scalp was then divided multiple times into smaller and smaller grafts which were ultimately transplanted into the balding scalp where hair would grow permanently. This technique, developed in the 60’s, was called the FUT or follicular unit transplantation. It yielded a large number of grafts. Disadvantages included a surgical procedure with closure of the scalp under tension using stitches or staples. The procedure was quite painful with a long recovery including swelling and numbness of the scalp which was often permanent. In addition, the grafts were at risk of drying out and were subjected to the trauma of repeated cutting with a scalpel to obtain small enough grafts to implant. Therefore, there was a risk of graft failure due to drying out and trauma of the grafts. In addition, the donor area where the grafts were harvested was often closed under tension creating a noticeable scar with surrounding hair loss. This could limit the ability to safely harvest more hair grafts at a later time. Patients were often forced to wear their hair longer along the back of the head to cover the scars.

FUE

Hair transplantation techniques became more sophisticated and advanced over the years as a response to the limitations of the FUT technique. Small round skin punches were designed to harvest single follicular units from the donor area which were then transplanted into the balding scalp. This technique continued to evolve with the development of machines like Neograft, Smart Graft, and Artas (robot) which allowed precise and rapid harvest of large numbers of hair grafts at a single session to treat large areas of hair loss. This non surgical method resulted in minimal trauma to the hair grafts and the avoidance of a large and noticeable scar with hair loss as seen with the FUT method. Patients who had undergone an FUT procedure in the past and then underwent FUE remarked how much less discomfort and recovery they experienced.

Today, many advanced hair transplant centers have replaced the FUT method with the Neograft FUE technique which is the most established FDA device in the USA. It has replaced older devices like the manual or hand held FUE which caused scars and was a long and tedious process. Neograft FUE has a long track record of safety and efficacy and is the device of choice for most hair restoration centers in the USA directed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

The Neograft and other similar FUE devices are disruptive technology in the hair restoration field. They provide ground breaking technology which is analogous to how the fields of general surgery and orthopedic surgery were impacted by the introduction of laparoscopic instruments for gall bladder surgery and knee procedures.

Today, men and women who are candidates for hair restoration benefit from new technology devices by companies like Neograft,Smart Graft, and Artas (robotic). Patients can expect in-detectable and natural results from hair restoration procedures performed with today’s FUE devices.

 

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS.