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The Future of Scarless Hair Transplants

Losing Hair After Hair TransplantWhen hair transplant surgeries were first introduced, scarring was fairly common. Although an unwanted side effect of the procedure, many patients opted to undergo the surgery despite potential markings. Fortunately, modern technology allows hair transplant physicians to minimize the appearance of hair transplant scars today – allowing patients to see the results they desire. Because the ultimate goal of hair transplant surgery is to surgically recreate a naturally full head of hair, we strategically implement advanced practices that minimize scarring for optimal results. And, with new inventions and procedures being innovated, we can hope that one day, scarless hair transplants will become a reality.

Despite how far we’ve come in the last 60 plus years since the first official hair transplant surgery was performed, we cannot completely eliminate scars – yet. Despite these limitations, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami employs some of the most advanced methods that are as close to scarless hair transplants as you can get.

Techniques for Virtually Scarless Hair Transplants

Our Mosaic® Hair Restoration technique allows for the most precise and natural-looking outcome. First, our surgeons gather data on your follicular arrangement. We then use said data to design the implantation as it would innately occur. By designing the recipient area on the scalp to match the unique follicular pattern of each patient, we can create a fuller head of hair that mimics your biological makeup.

The Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT) – or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – was developed and implemented by our very own Dr. Paul Rose. Using the FIT method, we remove follicular units one-by-one. Donor hairs are removed with a one-millimeter punch device and the procedure is abetted with a head positioning device to minimize movement. With FIT, patients can completely avoid a more obvious linear scar. Instead, scarring occurs in a dot-like pattern and is virtually undetectable after healing and regrowth. With this method, we see patients benefit from faster healing times and the ability to wear short hairstyles confidently. Patients with limited donor hairs are prime candidates as well.

Our Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) procedure is similar to the more traditional hair transplant method, with a twist. Our physicians remove the follicular units at once in what is referred to as “single-strip harvesting.” This allows us to remove the units without damaging them to ensure maximum growth. The LEDGE closure technique, developed by Dr. Rose, allows us to minimize the linear scar of a single-strip transplant. Instead of executing a two layer closer, we use a single layer closure to lessen the tension and scar tissue buildup. Patients who undergo the LEDGE closure technique can grow hair through the donor area to conceal the light surgical scar. In addition, we use microscopic dissection to subdivide the follicular units under a microscope. This process has been shown to increase follicular units and hairs by up to 25 percent compared to non-microscopic techniques.

Schedule a Minimally Scarring Hair Transplant

While completely scarless hair transplants have yet to be achieved, they are no longer the obvious surgeries from the past. Instead, you can achieve a fuller head of hair without the sometimes embarrassing signs of surgery. To find out if you’re a hair transplant candidate, schedule a consultation with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online or by phone at 305-925-0222.

All Donor Scars Are Not Created Equal

Not All Donor Scars Created Equally

Donor scars are a big concern for men and women exploring hair transplant options. Just the thought of an unsightly post-procedure scar is enough to push patients toward more expensive follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures, or no procedure at all. This trend has produced an unfortunate result: Traditional strip donor procedures are getting portrayed in a negative light, often showing disappointed patients with unsightly scars.

Simply put, this is not the case.

Not all donor scars are created equally. Below is a letter from Drs. Nusbaum and Rose, lead surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. In the letter, Drs. Nusbaum and Rose address the misinformation surrounding traditional “strip donor hair transplant” and the results they produce.

In the past year, Miami Hair Institute has been honored by having 3 Grammy Award Winners and several television and film personalities as patients. Interestingly, half of them chose to have a strip procedure.

We invite you to read the letter below to learn how strip donor hair transplants can be performed with optimal cosmetic results.

Dear friends:

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is one of the first centers worldwide to utilize the ARTAS physician-guided robotic system, which is the latest technology for follicular unit extraction (FUE). To date we have performed over 175 cases with the Artas Robot and are thrilled with the results. The ARTAS procedure creates multiple tiny “dot” scars in the donor area as an alternative to the linear scar that is produced by strip harvesting. While we always strive to offer state-of –the art instrumentation and techniques to our patients, we want to emphasize that we also perform the strip procedure in a significant percentage of our patients and make recommendations as to which procedure is best   strictly upon the individual characteristics of each patient.

Unfortunately, advertisements for FUE portray the strip procedure in a negative light showing obvious and unsightly scars. We wish to emphasize that these are not our typical results with the strip procedure and Dr. Rose has spent many years focusing on techniques to produce optimal cosmetic results in the donor area. Dr. Rose developed the “Ledge Closure”, which coupled with his meticulous surgical technique; creates a very thin scar with hair growing through it. Many of you who have had strip procedures in our clinic know that the scar is difficult even for a hairstylist to find. In fact, many of our patients are able to cut their hair down to the equivalent of a number “two” guard on the clippers. The advantages of strip harvesting are the ability to harvest a larger number of grafts in one procedure and also, that there is no need to completely shave the donor area so that your hair covers immediately after. If repeat sessions are done, the previous scar is removed so that you will always have only one, fine scar line.

As you know “pictures are louder than words” so we have included several photos of our strip donor area results for your evaluation.

Warm regards,

Drs. Nusbaum and Rose

Designed for Optimal Cosmetic Results

To learn more about hair transplant procedures at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305.448.9100.