Articles Tagged with: Follicular Unit Extraction

ARTAS® Transplant: Before and After Photos

ARTAS-Transplant-Before-and-After-PhotosIt’s been almost a full year since the ARTAS® System arrived at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, and the response has been exceptional. South Florida residents have been quick to embrace the new “transplant robot” after learning two important facts about the ARTAS procedure:

1. ARTAS is physician-guided. Though ARTAS is the first ever FDA-approved robot for FUE hair transplant, the procedure is conducted under the supervision of a trained and highly skilled surgeon. The “robotic” element of the procedure occurs when donor hair is scouted for extraction and transplant. The surgeon, however, still conducts the actual transplant by hand.

2. ARTAS delivers unparalleled precision and accuracy. The ARTAS is the only system in the world to calculate and re-calculate vital parameters for follicular unit (hair) extraction up to 50 times each second. As the onboard computer makes these calculations, the robotic arm of the ARTAS aligns itself to perform a minimally invasive extraction with unparalleled precision and accuracy.

Before and After: A Review of the ARTAS® System

An estimated 35 million Americans are candidates for a surgical hair restoration procedure (i). However, only a small fraction of those individuals move forward to claim a new, natural, and permanent head of hair. Individuals cite numerous reasons for straying away from a surgical procedure, including:

  • Discomfort
  • Too long a recovery time
  • Fear of noticeable “pluggy” look
  • Fear of post-procedure “linear scar”

Artas Revolution: Hair Transplant, Redefined

A new generation of ARTAS System procedures are quickly redefining what it means to have a hair transplant, and patients could not be happier. As the world’s most advanced method of FUE transplant, ARTAS enables surgeons to deliver perfectly natural results through a more comfortable patient experience.

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Today, ARTAS makes hair transplant procedures:

  1. Faster
  2. More comfortable
  3. Minimally invasive, causing less trauma to the scalp
  4. More precise, consistent, and accurate compared to older methods
  5. No linear scarring, enabling patients to wear shorter haircuts post-procedure
  6. Advanced FUE, allowing surgeons to use ARTAS to cover scars from previous “strip donor” procedures

Learn More About ARTAS Technology

Learn more about the ARTAS System in Miami, or call our clinic to schedule a hair loss evaluation and consultation at 1-877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) “A Better Patient Experience.” Restoration Robotics. Accessed 18 August 2013.

Free Infographic Timeline: The History of Hair Transplant

Free Infographic Timeline- The History of Hair TransplantConceptually, a Japanese dermatologist first developed the idea of hair restoration in 1939. Published by Dr. Okuda, the procedure involved harvesting donor hair from a healthy portion of the scalp, and transplanting it to another area of balding scalp.

In many ways, Dr. Okuda’s groundbreaking idea is similar to the transplant procedures performed today. However, there are a number of important advancements, discoveries, and technological breakthroughs that make today’s hair transplant procedure more comfortable, precise, and effective than ever before.

Evolution of Hair Transplant: 1980 – Present

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“Hair Plugs” – 1980s

In the 1980s, hair surgery involved transplanting relatively large sections of donor hair. The end result typically had an unsightly “patchwork” appearance, earning the nickname “Hair Plugs.”

Micrografting – 1990s

The 1990s saw an important breakthrough: Micrografting.

Micrografting involves taking a thin strip of donor hair (the micrograft), dividing it into small clusters of hair follicles, and transplanting them.

For the first time, micrografting enabled surgeons to extract and transplant donor hair with precision and accuracy.

Follicular Unit Extraction – Late 1990s/ early 2000s

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) was another breakthrough in transplant technique.

With FUE, physicians began to use a tiny “punch’ instrument to harvest individual donor hairs. Though time consuming, FUE enabled physicians to harvest donor hair on an incredibly small scale: Approximately 1-3 hair follicles per unit.

FUE enabled surgeons to perform procedures with unparalleled attention to detail and aesthetics.

No linear scars. Beautiful results.

ARTAS® System – 2011

In 2011, the ARTAS System became the first-ever FDA-approved hair transplant robot.

With the help of ARTAS, FUE procedures are now:

  • Up to 50% Faster
  • More Precise
  • Minimally Invasive
  • More Comfortable
  • Faster Patient Recovery
  • Minimally Disruptive to Everyday Life

ARTAS® Arrives in Miami

In 2012, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami became 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System nationwide. Today, men and women no longer have to suffer with hair loss, and the negative side effects it may cause.

To learn more by visiting this page on ARTAS® System in Miami.

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Surgeons Review Viviscal® Hair Supplement, Recommend Alternatives

Surgeons Review Viviscal Hair Supplement, Recommend AlternativesViviscal® Extra Strength has been released, and promoters of the new hair supplement claim it has the ability to put an end to thinning, shedding, and balding in men and women. Dermatologists, surgeons, and other health professionals remain wary of the new supplement’s claims, however.

Although the makers of Viviscal® claim the product is “supported by a combination of over 20 years of research,” further investigation reveals that its history in clinical trials and testing is actually quite shallow. In short, the product has seen very few trials when compared to leading treatments like Rogaine® (Minoxidil). Moreover, the trials that have been conducted involved very few test subjects.

4 Reasons to Choose an Alternative to Viviscal®

Whether choosing a surgical or non-surgical approach, men and women no longer have to suffer with signs of thinning, shedding, or balding. There are several alternatives to Viviscal®, most of which are backed by many years of successful clinical trials and research. Here are 4 reasons to choose a better-known, and thus more reliable method of hair loss treatment.

Viviscal® is Backed by Little Research

One Viviscal® study involved just 20 subjects, 3 of which withdrew from the control group prior to completion (i). Concern for the effectiveness of Viviscal® only rises in the wake of such limited clinical testing and evaluation, causing many medical professionals to question the product’s efficacy in treating hair loss in men and women.

Other Non-Surgical Options Are Proven Effective*

One of the most heavily researched and trusted alternatives is Minoxidil, known by the brand name Rogaine®. A topical treatment, Rogaine is a foam product that is applied to the hair and scalp twice daily. Extra strength formulas are also available for patients with more pronounced hair loss.

*Rogaine® is proven to be effective in slowing or stopping hereditary hair loss (pattern baldness) in 4 out of 5 patients. At a cost that averages just $30-40 per month, Rogaine is a non-surgical alternative that is as affordable as it is effective.

Surgical Hair Restoration is Better Than Ever

When considering an alternative to Viviscal® hair supplements, it’s exciting to know that surgical hair restoration is now faster and more comfortable than ever. Today, hair transplant surgery is a simple, comfortably, and minimally invasive procedure that effectively restores areas of balding scalp with your own natural hair.

The days of hair plugs are long gone. Today, hair transplants are performed via follicular unit extraction (FUE), a highly refined process that transplants follicular grafts of about 1-3 hairs at a time. Such precision enables surgeons to restore the scalp by hand, artfully and skillfully reconstructing hairlines with natural characteristics. So natural, in fact, a reported 85% of people cannot recognize when a transplant procedure has been performed, according to the ISHRS (ii).

Speak to a Professional About Hair Loss

If you or a loved one suffers with hair loss, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today. Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, registered nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We hold your pursuit of a fuller head of hair in the highest regard, providing only the most widely studied treatments that have been proven effective in treating hair loss in men and women.

The ARTAS® Generation. Our Institute is now 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the revolutionary ARTAS® System for hair transplant. To learn more about the first ever FDA-approved transplant robot, visit our ARTAS System page.

Sources:

(i) “A comparative study of a new food supplement, ViviScal, with fish extract for the treatment of hereditary androgenic alopecia in young males.” National Center for Biotechnology Information, PubMed.gov. Accessed 5 August 2013.

(ii) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.

Dr. Rose Presents ARTAS® to CBS Miami

Dr. Rose Presents ARTAS® to CBS MiamiAs our Institute became 1 of just 15 clinics in the nation to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System for hair restoration, South Florida residents have become increasingly curious as to how the system works, and why it is more proficient than traditional FUE hair transplant procedures. Last month, Dr. Rose reached out to these individuals, presenting an exclusive interview with CBS Miami about the futuristic hair loss solution.

To learn more about the ARTAS System, readers are invited to schedule an appointment online or contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami directly at 1-877-443-9070. Our Institute represents South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, and we hold your pursuit of a fuller, natural-looking head of hair in the highest regard.

CBS Exclusive: ARTAS® System at the Hair Transplant Institute

In the video above, one of our patients explains his experience with the ARTAS System. Our patient began experiencing hair loss at a very early age, which is not entirely uncommon among young men. By age 35, it is estimated that roughly two-thirds of all American men experience some degree of hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia, a genetic condition that causes the phenomenon of hair miniaturization, is one of the leading causes. For many of these individuals, a hair transplant procedure is the most effective means of restoring areas of baldness with real hair that is vibrant, lasting, and all-natural.

Our patient chose the ARTAS System for its advanced ability to produce a transplant with greater accuracy, precision, and consistency compared to traditional methods. Moreover, the ARTAS System extracts donor hair via follicular unit extraction (FUE), a refined process that does not leave a linear scar through the donor area. This was another major reason the procedure was chosen, our patient tells CBS. Following the procedure, our patient can wear his hair very short without exhibiting any signs that a transplant has been performed, like linear scars.

Best of all, our patient explains that during the procedure he felt no pain at all. Although a traditional FUE hair transplant does not cause much discomfort at all, the ARTAS System reduces feelings of discomfort to a nearly undetectable level.

Because the technology uses digital imaging to continuously locate the best hair follicles for transplant, Dr. Rose is able to extract follicular units with unparalleled precision, causing very little scarring or trauma to the scalp. Turnaround time is reduced, meaning that patients may return to their normal day-to-day activities more quickly.

Getting to Know ARTAS®

Would you like to get better acquainted with the ARTAS System? Below are a few of the most common questions our patients have about this revolutionary new piece of technology. For a more in-depth Q&A, readers are invited to visit our guide, Frequently Asked Questions About ARTAS Hair Transplant.

How does ARTAS differ from traditional transplant procedures?

ARTAS combines high resolution digital imaging with advanced robotics technology to enable our physicians to locate and extract follicular units with greater accuracy and precision compared to traditional transplant methods. Of course, each ARTAS procedure is always conducted under the control of an experienced hair transplant surgeon to ensure patient safety and individual results are held in the highest regard.

Is the end-result natural in appearance?

One of the greatest advantages of the ARTAS System is the way in which it targets follicular units for transplantation. Not only does the technology identify prime candidates (follicular units) for transplant, but it also selects them in a randomized fashion. As a result, there is virtually know sign of extraction in the donor area, preserving its natural appearance.

Is the transplant permanent?

ARTAS System procedures are almost always permanent. Transplanted hair has great potential to last a lifetime, as it is harvested from the rear of the head in a minimally-invasive manner that causes very little trauma to the scalp.

Learn More About the ARTAS® System

If you experience hair loss, you are not alone. More than 60% of adult males experience symptoms of baldness by age 35, and millions more females experience shedding, thinning, or loss over the course of their life. Today, hair loss is more easily detected and treated than ever before. And with technologies like the ARTAS System by Restoration Robotics, men and women may choose a procedure that produces beautiful, natural-looking results with minimal disturbance to personal life.

To learn more about the ARTAS System, readers are invited to schedule an appointment online or contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami directly at 1-877-443-9070.

Sources for this article include:

(i) High-tech Transplant Procedures for Hair Loss. CBS News, Miami. Accessed January 29, 2013.

Can Rogaine® Cause Sexual Side Effects?

Can Rogaine® Cause Sexual Side Effects?In the fall of 2012, researchers at Johns Hopkins University made a startling discovery: Finasteride, known most commonly by the brand name Propecia®, appeared to cause long term sexual side effects for a number of males who were using the prescription medication to treat hair loss.

Prior to the study, it was well-documented that Finasteride could cause a number of sexual side effects during use. After the study, however, a small body of research indicated that males who take the popular hair loss medication could suffer with sexual side effects long after use was discontinued. The study analyzed only a small number of patients, and many hair loss professionals believe rigorous follow-up studies are needed to better understand the long term side effects of Finasteride. Nevertheless, the study sparked concern among men and women who suffer with hair loss, particularly those who currently use a non-surgical method of restoration.

Most recently, patients have begun to wonder if Minoxidil may cause sexual side effects. A topical solution, Minoxidil is most commonly known by the brand name Rogaine®. As explained by Hairlosslearningcenter.org, there is no data to support such concerns:

While there are a number of cases of men reporting sexual dysfunction from Rogaine (minoxidil), there has been no scientific data gathered to support this as a side effect and it is not listed by the manufacturer as a known side effect.

Things to Know About Rogaine®

Rogaine is a brand name version of Minoxidil, an anti-hypertensive drug that is used to treat pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). With daily topical application, Minoxidil has demonstrated effectiveness in converting short, fine hairs into fully developed “regular” hair. Though it is unclear exactly how Minoxidil achieves this feat, the drug demonstrates a general ability to increase the “growth phase” of hair, normalizing the hair follicle while promoting wholesome growth. Unlike Propecia, Rogaine can be used by both men and women who suffer with pattern baldness.

Shortcomings of Rogaine

Hair loss is a gradual process for those who suffer with pattern baldness. For these individuals, hair becomes thinner and finer each time it progresses through its natural growth phase– a cycle that dermatologists estimate happens about 10-20 times over a person’s lifetime. Eventually, hair may cease to grow. Because Rogaine may effectively “normalize” the growth process, individuals may slow the progression of pattern baldness and, in many cases, stop it entirely.

For a small percentage of patients, Rogaine may help to grow new hair. Most people who use Rogaine, however, will not be able to achieve this goal. In fact, Rogaine is known best for preventing additional hair loss while nurturing thinning hair.

Advanced Hair Loss Solutions: Alternatives to Rogaine®

For many individuals, it may not be practical to achieve hair restoration goals with Rogaine only. For example, it would be very difficult for an individual to combat hair loss along the hairline and/or crown of the head through topical Rogaine applications. For these individuals, there are a number of other effective treatment options available:

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUE hair transplants harvest healthy hair from the patient’s scalp and transplant it to the area that is thinning, shedding, or balding.

Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT). Co-created by Dr. Rose, the FIT procedure implements a small punch instrument to remove individual follicular units without ever creating a linear scar.

ARTAS® Hair Restoration. The ARTAS System is a physician-guided robotic system that enables surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute to perform Follicullar Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures with unparalleled precision, consistency, and accuracy.

To learn more about these techniques, readers are invited to visit our article on the Evolution of Hair Loss Treatment.

Seek An Evaluation with a Team You Can Trust

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We understand the challenges that hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life, and we are here to help.

Learn more about hair loss evaluations online, or call our Institute directly at 1-877-443-9070.

From Bad to Beautiful: Correcting a Bad Hair Transplant

From Bad to Beautiful- Correcting a Bad Hair TransplantA “bad hair transplant” may have a profound impact on the social, professional, and personal life of the recipient. Subpar restoration procedures can be the result of many things, most common of which is the use of an outdated hair transplant procedure. One such example is end-result of “hair plugs”, an older procedure that pre-dates the development of the micrograft hair transplant technique that is implemented by most hair transplant surgeons today. Another reason a patient may receive a bad hair transplant is due to the inexperience, poor technique, or failure to properly plan on the part of the surgeon.

There are a number of special techniques that can be used to correct a hair transplant. It is vital that a surgeon be chosen based on their experience and expertise with the following corrective procedures, as most treatment cases require that two or more of the following techniques be implemented with great care, skill, and balance.

How Poorly Performed Transplants Are Corrected

1. Camouflaging “pluggy” looking grafts

If you seek to correct a poorly performed hair transplant, it is important to know that not all grafts may need removal and/or re-distribution. In some cases, abnormal-looking grafts can be subtly hidden through the technique of camouflaging. This entails placing smaller follicular units directly in front of the “pluggy” looking grafts, reducing their appearance while contributing to a look that is more natural overall.

On the other hand, camouflaging abnormal-looking grafts is not always the most effective option. Increasingly, surgeons are using a process called micro excisional graft removal to effectively remove poorly placed grafts, reduce their size, and re-distribute them to create a more natural-looking end-result.

2. Micro excisional graft removal

One of the most effective ways to correct the abnormal appearance of a bad hair transplant is through micro excisional graft removal and subsequent re-distribution of the follicular units. The goal of this process is simple and straightforward: To remove, divide, and re-distribute the grafts that appear most out-of-place.

Micro excisional graft removal and redistribution is to be performed with extreme care so as to avoid damaging the follicular units during the process. Unlike the original transplant, this corrective procedure has the added benefit of not requiring any additional donor-area hair removal. Instead, previous grafts are removed, reduced in size, and placed in a more natural-looking arrangement.

3. FUE and camouflaging scars

Donor area scars may significantly contribute to the unnatural appearance of a hair transplant. Some patients experience a widening of the scar over time; others simply wish to have the scar more effectively camouflaged, particularly to reduce its appearance when hair is cut short. In both cases, surgeons may use a follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure to reduce the appearance of the donor area scar.

In this case, the corrective FUE procedure involves transplanting new donor hair directly into the scar, and in some cases, into the scalp surrounding the scar. Following this procedure, the hair minimizes the appearance of the donor scar by growing through (and around) it. A punch instrument is used for follicular unit extraction, so no new linear scars are ever created.

Learn More About Corrective Hair Transplant Surgery

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team is experienced and exceptionally well qualified in correcting the appearance of unsatisfactory hair transplants. To learn more about corrective hair transplant surgery, readers are invited to schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute online or call our office directly at 1-877-443-9070.

6 Ways to Prevent Female Hair Loss & Telogen Effluvium

6 Ways to Prevent Female Hair Loss & Telogen EffluviumLast week, the Miami Hair Blog explored the differences in Female Pattern Hair Loss vs. Telogen Effluvium. With 1 in 4 females suffering with signs of hair loss, an important question arises:

Can hair loss be prevented?

Though the causal factors and symptoms may differ, there are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to avert Female Pattern Hair Loss as well as Telogen Effluvium. And while these measures are effective for some, the following list is not a cure-all for every woman who suffers with hair loss. Care must be taken to examine the top signs of hair loss in women regularly, as early detection is critical in effectively restoring areas of thinning / balding hair.

Preventing Female Pattern Hair Loss & Telogen Effluvium

1. Stress Management

Stress has been shown in a number of studies to trigger the onset of hair loss, particularly Telogen Effluvium, and may even worsen symptoms over time. To hedge against stress-induced hair loss, it is recommended that women practice daily stress management. Light exercise, journaling, yoga, and meditation are just a few examples of effective stress management techniques.

2. Commit to Nutritional Wellness

Like the rest of the body, hair needs a comprehensive assortment of nutrients to grow to its full potential. Follow the Healthy Hair Diet to give your hair a fighting chance at healthy, sustainable growth.

3. Rule Out Prescription Medications

A number of prescription medications may cause hair loss. Speak with your physician about the side effects of your current medications. If documented side effects include hair loss, you may wish to speak with your physician about alternative treatments.

4. Schedule a Hair Loss Evaluation and Consultation

If you suspect you are losing your hair, one of the worst things you can do is to worry. Worrying only increases stress, and increases in stress may exacerbate the problem. Instead, seek a professional evaluation and diagnosis so you may better understand the nature of your unique condition. Schedule a hair loss evaluation to speak with a professional regarding the health and vitality of your hair, and form realistic expectations regarding treatment.

5. Consider Low Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a popular treatment option among women because it is convenient, non-invasive, and discrete. Devices like the LaserCap™ LLLT device are designed to naturally stimulate hair growth by enhancing oxygen and nutrient delivery directly to hair follicles.

6. Advanced FUE Hair Transplant

Follicular unit transplant (FUE) procedures are another viable option for women who suffer with Female Pattern Hair Loss or Telogen Effluvium. FUE procedures harvest healthy hair follicles from the rear or side of the scalp and relocate them to the areas in which hair loss is most visible.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is proud to offer the ARTAS® System for hair restoration, the world’s first and only physician-guided robotics equipment designed to perform FUE procedures with unmatched precision, consistency, and accuracy. To learn more about this exciting treatment option, readers are invited to visit this Frequently Asked Questions About ARTAS guide.

The Trichophytic Closure

The trichophytic closureA truly exception hair transplant begins with the end in mind. A hair transplant surgeon must be chosen for their ability to not only diagnose the root cause of your hair loss, but also on his or her ability to provide a treatment method that will produce natural-looking results. With this in mind, it is important to understand the different closure techniques used in today’s latest hair transplant procedures. Moreover, it is critical that a surgeon be chosen for his or her ability to perform a closure technique that leaves little-to-no visible scarring of any kind. With the right touch, a surgeon may mask the appearance of the donor area scar so the patient may wear their hair at nearly any length—even short—while maintaining the naturally beautiful appearance of a full head of hair.

1. What is a closure technique?

A closure technique is the method that is used to restore the donor area back to its original state—that is, the technique joins together the scalp at the sites from which hair follicles were extracted. Closure techniques most commonly follow micrograft hair transplants.

2. What is the “ledge” trichophytic closure?

The “ledge” trichophytic closure is a special technique that has been developed by Dr. Rose at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Following a micrograft procedure, this particular type of trichophytic closure is among the most effective means of “masking” the visibility of the donor area scar. This is achieved by strategically directing individual hairs to grow through the scar, effectively hiding it from view as the scalp heals.

3. Which procedures involve this closure?

The “ledge” closure is used during most micrograft hair transplants. Specifically, this type of closure technique is implemented following any strip donor procedure that is performed at the Hair Transplant Institute

4. Are there any hair transplant procedures that do not involve a closure technique?

As we’ve explored, a closure technique is used to restore the donor area after a micrograft transplant procedure. There are 3 additional hair transplant procedures that do not require the use of a closure technique, specifically because they do not involve extracting follicular units in a “strip” fashion:

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): FUE procedures use an advanced “punch” instrument that measures no wider than 1mm to remove individual hair follicles. This creates very small scars at the site from which each unit is extracted, however a linear scar is never made and a closure technique is therefore never required.
  • Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT): The FIT procedure has been co-created by Dr. Rose, and it is similar to the FUE technique described above. FIT is also conducted with a special “punch” instrument that measures about 0.8-1mm in diameter.
  • ARTAS® System: The ARTAS® physician-guided robotic system is the most technologically advanced method worldwide to perform non-invasive FUE/FIT procedures for our patients. With the ARTAS procedure, advanced digital technology and laser guided, precision robotics harvest permanent hair from the back of the head to be transplanted into balding or thinning areas where they will grow permanently and with a completely natural appearance, as before. The ARTAS System is set to arrive at the Hair Transplant Institute this October, and we invite readers to learn more about ARTAS here.

5. How do I know which procedure to choose?

There’s no substitute to a professional hair loss evaluation and diagnosis. Only by identifying the root cause of hair loss can an effective treatment option be selected. To learn more, visit our Web page on Hair Loss Evaluations at our Institute.

6. Where may I look at before / after photos of these procedures?

Readers are invited to review the following image galleries of patients before and after hair transplant procedures like micrograft / strip donor, FUE, and FIT procedures.

South Florida’s Top Hair Surgeons

Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians, each of whom understand the challenges hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life. To learn more about hair loss and restoration, schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online or call our front desk directly at 305-925-0222.

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What is a Micrograft Hair Transplant?

What is a Micrograft TransplantThe micrograft hair transplant procedure represents a bold achievement in the field of hair restoration. Developed in the early 1980s, micrografting techniques were first used to create a subtler and more natural end result. Prior to the development of the micrograft procedure, hair transplant surgeons would extract large sections of hair from the donor area that would leave large scars and produce obvious signs that a transplant had been performed. Most will recall these procedures for their “pluggy” look that eventually earned them the nickname hair plugs.

The days of hair plugs are long gone. The introduction of micrograft procedures marked a true turning point for surgeons as well as the millions of men and women who suffer with hair loss. Today, modern hair restoration involves two highly evolved micrograft procedures: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). To better understand these procedures, it is helpful to first understand how the micrograft procedure was first developed.

Early Micrograft Surgery: A Brief History

The advent of micrograft surgery was a true game-changer for the field of hair restoration. Driven by technological advances and a more thorough understanding of donor area harvesting, hair surgeons began extracting multiple thin strips from the donor area with greater precision than older techniques. These thin strips became known as micro-grafts. From each micro-graft, surgeons were able to further separate hairs into clusters of 1-4 follicular units, without incurring any damage to the each individual hair unit.

The process of extracting and carefully dividing multiple donor strips eventually became known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Today, an even more precise method of transplant called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is also available.

FUT and FUE Procedures: An Evolved Form of Micrograft Transplants

FUT / Strip Donor Procedure

The FUT procedure, sometimes also called a Strip Donor Procedure, is one of the most commonly used forms of hair restoration. The advantages of this procedure include:

  • From start-to-finish, FUT procedures take less time.
  • FUT procedures are associated with a greater rate of survivability among individual follicular units.
  • Minimal scarring: This is accomplished through a special “ledge” trichophytic closure technique developed by Hair Transplant Institute surgeon Dr. Paul Rose.

Advanced FUE and FIT Procedures

The FUE procedure is a newer and more precise means of harvesting and transplanting individual follicular units. During an FUE procedure, individual hair follicles are removed from the back and sides of the scalp. A special “punch-like” instrument is used, measuring only 1-mm in diameter.

We are excited and pleased to announce an advanced form of the FUE procedure, co-created by Dr. Rose for optimal and natural looking results. Known as Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT), this new procedure has the following advantages:

  • No linear scars: Since each individual follicle is removed using an ultra-fine “punch” instrument, FIT procedures do not produce linear scars.
  • Hair can be worn shorter: Since there is no linear scar, FIT patients can wear their hair very short without any signs of scarring. Individual circular scars are mildly visible when the hair is shaved entirely, however.
  • Exceptional surgeons are available: Patients who choose to have a FIT procedure at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami receive a special advantage that other hair loss clinics cannot provide: Exceptional experience. At our Institute, your FIT procedure will be conducted by Dr. Paul Rose, a leading hair surgeon and FIT procedure co-creator. You may visit the following page to learn more about Dr. Rose.

Comparing FUT and FUE/FIT Procedures

Both FUT and FIT procedures have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Learn more about these incredible advancements in hair restoration surgery by visiting the Hair Transplant Procedure: FUE/FIT page on Miamihair.com.

Seek an Evaluation with a Team You Can Trust

The evolution micrograft transplant surgery has produced 3 very effective procedures that have helped countless individuals overcome hair loss. Together, FUT, FUE, and FIT procedures provide an array of options for the millions of men and women who suffer with hair loss. To learn more about the option that is best for you, schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute. Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians, each of whom understand the challenges hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life.

Visit the following page to learn more about advanced hair loss evaluations at the Hair Transplant Institute. Readers are also invited to call our front desk directly at 305-925-0222.

Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure

Choosing a Hair Transplant ProcedureAt the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have developed the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating hair loss in both men and women.  Located in the Offices of Merrick Park, our state-of-the-art facility provides our patients with the very latest in comprehensive hair loss evaluations and treatments.  Our practice is led by Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose, two highly skilled surgeons who have extensive experience in medical hair loss therapy and research.  Both Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose are Board Certified in Dermatology, the only medical field with certified specialty residency training in hair loss and scalp diseases.

Comparing ‘Strip Donor’ to ‘Follicular Unit Extraction’ Techniques

We are pleased to offer two highly effective hair transplant procedures:  The Strip Donor Procedure, and Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT).  Both procedures are highly effective in creating a fuller, natural looking head of hair for both men and women.  We are also pleased to offer the latest technologies and transplant techniques, ensuring the best possible outcome for our patients.  Two examples of hair transplant techniques you will not find anywhere else include:

  • Mesotherapy:  Incorporating mesotherapy with hair transplantation provides at least 2 unique benefits that increase the effectiveness of the procedure.  First, it penetrates the hair follicle to a greater degree compared to other topical applications.  Second, mesotherapy avoids the systematic side effects commonly associated with some oral medications.  The injections are very superficial and are administered with the use of vibration devices developed by our physicians to create a virtually painless experience.
  • Follicular Isolation (FIT) Technique:  Follicular Isolation Technique was co-created by the Hair Transplant Institutes’ very own Dr. Paul Rose.  Dr. Rose developed FIT to enhance the effectiveness of Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) hair transplantation procedure.  Below, in the section titled Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure, we will further examine the role of FIT in the FUT procedure, as well as how the FUT procedure compares to Strip Donor procedure.

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