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What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?

The Hair Restoration Journey Series: Differences in Clinics – Doctor/Technician v. Doctor Only

What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?You’ve made the decision to do something about your hair loss. You’ve done some research and want to see if you are candidate for hair transplant surgery. To do that, you will need to set up a consultation with a licensed hair loss professional at one of the hundreds of hair loss clinics across South Florida. But with so many clinics, how do you know which one best fits your needs?

First it is important to understand that not all hair restoration clinics are the same. Not even remotely. The talents, experience, and credentials of the professionals who will be evaluating and treating you can vary widely. So too can the technology and techniques each clinic recommends or uses to restore hair.

Most clinics will offer both surgical as well as non-surgical options for restoring your hair. Surgical hair transplant techniques such Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) are powerfully effective at restoring hair. But they are also complex procedures which require an exceptionally high degree of precision.  

They involve carefully selecting, removing, and transplanting health “donor hair” from one area of the patient’s scalp to another. A lack of skill, accuracy, and finesse in conducting theses delicate procedures not only can reduce the effectiveness of the transplant, it can result in scarring and other complications.

One of the key differences between hair restoration clinics which offer surgical options involves who will be performing the procedure. Some clinics allow non-physician technicians to extract and transplant follicles under the supervision of a licensed surgeon. At other clinics, only surgeons are involved and personally perform every aspect of the procedure.

As you research clinics, it is important to understand whether a technician, a surgeon, or both will be involved in your hair transplant surgery. When you have your initial hair loss consultation with a hair restoration physician (and your consultation should be with a physician, not a “consultant”), be sure to ask who will be performing the procedure if surgery is the recommended option for treating your hair loss.

Technician-performed transplants may often be less expensive than those done by a highly-trained physician. But keep in mind one of the most important aspects of hair transplant surgery: it is, in fact, surgery. Ask yourself: if you were having open-heart surgery, would you want a technician or a surgeon holding the scalpel? Your answer to that question will tell you what kind of clinic you should choose for your hair transplant surgery.

Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today to Schedule a Hair Loss Consultation

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, Drs. Bernard Nusbaum and Paul Rose have developed the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating patients with hair loss, while providing the very latest in surgical procedures at our state-of-the art facility. Both doctors are recognized and acclaimed leaders in the field of hair restoration surgery, developing innovative techniques which have since been adopted around the world. Each brings over twenty-five years of experience and professional expertise and have personally performed tens of thousands of procedures.

To schedule a hair loss consultation and evaluation, contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.


The Hair Restoration Journey Series: Differences in Main Procedures

Miami-Hair-Surgeons-Published-in-The-ClinicsIn our previous post, we discussed the first, and perhaps hardest, step in the hair restoration journey: deciding to do something about your hair loss. You should be congratulated for taking action and making an appointment for a hair loss evaluation. At that time, your physician will conduct a thorough review of your condition and offer you an honest evaluation of whether you are a candidate for hair restoration. If you are, you and your physician will no doubt discuss the differences between the hair restoration procedures available which can restore your hair to a full, youthful appearance.

“Hair Restoration” typically refers to the process of hair transplantation, where real hair is taken from another area (typically the back or sides of the scalp) and is transplanted or moved to the area where the hair is being “restored.”

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer two primary hair restoration procedures, each of which is precise, highly-refined, and performed by one of our two award-winning and groundbreaking surgeons: Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, These transplant techniques – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) – are powerfully effective at restoring hair yet involve significant differences in how that is accomplished.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT)

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed from the donor area with a one-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting, including the Follicular Unit Grafting procedure.

The advantages of this technique include maintaining the donor area without any linear scar visible to the naked eye. In fact, the donor area appears to heal faster than with traditional methods and the patient can wear his or her hair as short as desired, but not completely shaven without being concerned about a linear scar. In addition, the patients who have a limited donor area can also benefit from this procedure.

Dr. Rose was one of the originators of the FUE technique, performing the procedure on thousands of patients since 2004. Our approach utilizes the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas. High resolution digital imaging provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area as well as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts.

The selected hair is then precisely removed while most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance. The hair is then transplanted into thinning areas. This transplanted hair will then grow naturally, just as it did before.

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)

Perhaps the biggest difference between Follicular Unit Grafting and the FUE/FIT technique described above is that FUE/FIT involves removing follicles one-by-one, while FUG involves removing multiple follicles on a single strip of tissue. This “Single Strip Harvesting” preserves the follicular units and prevents damage (transection) to the individual hair follicles and insures maximum growth.

After harvesting, the donor tissue is carefully subdivided into individual, naturally occurring follicular units while the non-hair bearing (bald) skin surrounding each follicle is carefully removed while avoiding damage to the hair follicles.

Many patients considering a FUG procedure express understandable concern about the visibility of scars from the donor strip site. We have developed a revolutionary technique specifically designed to address these concerns and minimize the visibility of donor strip sites. The LEDGE closure technique allows hair to grow through the donor-area scar, providing added camouflage. Finally, follicular unit grafts are inserted into tiny sites in the recipient area, which heal in just a few days, without leaving any marks.

Call the Hair Institute of Miami Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

The foregoing information, as well as any information about hair transplant procedures you see online, can tell you about the procedures generally, but cannot and should not tell you which procedure is right for you. No matter what hair transplant technique is ultimately used to restore your hair, it is critical that you make a fully informed decision in consultation with your hair transplant surgeon.

At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

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