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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.

Foods for Healthy Hair

Foods For Healthy HairThe nutrients in the foods we eat have a profound impact on the way we look and feel. When it comes to our scalp, there are a variety of nutrients that help to create and maintain healthy hair. These include macro nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are easy to find in the items at the local grocery store, farmer’s market, or vitamin shop. These foods for healthy hair set the stage for natural hair growth by promoting circulation, nutrient delivery, and follicular stimulation. In this article, we focus on the nutrients that fuel healthy hair growth, texture, and thickness. For specific foods, we invite you to reference our Healthy Hair Diet guide. There, you will find the top 5 all-natural foods for healthier hair.

Macro Nutrients for Healthy Hair

Protein.  Hair is mostly composed of natural proteins, so it’s of little surprise that the first macro nutrient for healthy hair is lean protein. Eating a diet rich in protein may help to keep your hair looking and feeling its absolute best. Moreover, some sources of protein offer additional nutrients for healthy hair. For example, salmon is a lean protein and contains Omega-3 fatty acids, B-12 vitamins, and iron that help to fortify hair and regulate its growth.

Gluten Free Carbohydrates.  Gluten is a protein found in most grains, oats, and barleys. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has some sort of allergy to gluten that may adversely affect their ability to digest other nutrients. For example, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the cilia of the small intestine to become agitated and swollen when gluten is digested. This drastically inhibits the ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream.

Going “gluten free” is easy, and some of the most delicious carbohydrates will still be on the menu. Corn, cornmeal, lentils, rice, and potatoes are just a few examples of the best gluten-free carbohydrates that will keep you full without the risk of agitating your digestive system.

Vitamins that Make Hair Grow

Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is among the best nutrients for healthy hair. In some studies, this vitamin has been show to promote healthy blood circulation. Improved blood flow means enhanced nutrient delivery, especially to the scalp. In this way, vitamin E can help hair grow by promoting oxygen and nutrient delivery directly to the hair follicle.

Vitamin C.  Like vitamin E, vitamin C promotes health circulation and is one of the best nutrients for healthy hair. Moreover, vitamin C is a powerful all-natural antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage. The sun is one of the most powerful sources of free radicals, making our hair particularly prone to free radical damage. Maintaining a diet rich in vitamin C will help ward off free radicals from the sun as well as other environmental stressors, helping to maintain healthy hair long into the future.

Biotin.  Biotin is an essential vitamin for healthy hair, but not necessarily because it spurs growth. Instead, biotin helps to keep hair from becoming thin and frail. By improving the overall health of the hair, biotin helps to maintain a regular growth cycle with less risk of thinning, shedding, or loss.

Minerals for Hair

Zinc.  Zinc promotes healthy hair by helping the body to balance hormone production and other cellular activities. Zinc also helps the body absorb vitamins, making this nutrient a must for healthy hair. Researchers also believe that zinc may help to curb the production of DHT, a synthesized version of testosterone that damages hair follicles and leads to shedding, thinning, and loss of hair.

Magnesium.  Magnesium promotes healthy hair by helping to regulate a number of chemical processes in the body, including heart rate and muscle function. This mineral is critical for healthy hair growth, yet most individuals exhibit magnesium deficiency. To maintain a diet rich in magnesium, look for foods like fish (halibut), cashews, soybeans, almonds, and green vegetables like spinach.

Iron.  Low iron levels may put an individual at risk for hair loss, but getting more iron is easy. Among the best sources of iron are whole eggs, liver, dried fruits, salmon, and legumes. Iron supplements are available as well, however one should always opt for natural food sources as they contain nutrients that are more easily ingested and utilized by the body.

Learn More About Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Making changes to diet and exercise regimen may not be enough to restore hair to its natural, youthful state. A number of other factors may impact the rate at which hair becomes thinner, begins to shed, or falls out entirely. Genetics, hormones, and prescription medications may each be causal factors. Readers are invited to visit the following free informational resources to learn more:

Hair Loss

Hair loss affects millions of men and women in the United States alone. Losing one’s hair does more than impact physical appearance. It may have a profound affect on professional, social, and personal relationships. Visit this section of our website to learn more about the cause, progression, and treatment of hair loss.

Hair Restoration

Never before have hair restoration technologies and procedures been more advanced and effective. From low level laser treatment (LLLT) to advanced follicular unit transplantation (FUT), a variety of options exist for effectively restoring the natural appearance of hair. Visit this section of Miamihair.com to learn more.

Hair Loss Evaluation

Are you a candidate for a hair loss procedure? Our clinic is home to the finest technicians, registered nurses, and hair transplant surgeons in Florida. Request an appointment online, or call our clinic directly at 1-877-443-9070.

The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to Expect

The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to ExpectPerhaps you are part of the two-thirds of all men who experience male pattern baldness.  Or, maybe you are one of the 20 million women who suffers with hair thinning or balding.  Male or female—you are not alone.  Hair loss affects a vast majority of Americans and may lead to serious personal, social, and professional setbacks.  Hair loss may profoundly affect the way we feel about ourselves and others, making our self-image, confidence, and quality of life suffer.  Fortunately, treating hair loss has never been more effective.  Today, hair transplant procedures create beautiful results that look and feel identical to your original hair.

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our website, and we invite you to get to know us a little better.  If you are considering a hair transplant procedure with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, here’s what to expect:

Initial Transplant Consultation

In the initial consultation, Dr. Nusbaum explains in detail the nature of the procedure and answers all your questions.  He examines the pattern of your hair loss and reviews the hair growth patterns of your family members.  Dr. Nusbaum also offers an honest evaluation of whether or not he considers you a good candidate for hair restoration.

During a discussion of your expectations, Dr. Nusbaum addresses the feasibility of meeting your personal goals.  He provides an estimate of the number of grafts required to complete the transplant and how much time to set aside for the procedure.  The overall timeframe for the treatment is based on such factors as your age and lifestyle as well as the type and quality of your hair.

You will also receive a cost estimate based on the number of grafts needed to achieve your desired goals.  After performing thousands of successful hair transplants, Dr. Nusbaum’s estimate is generally very close to the final cost.

The Actual Hair Transplant Procedure

Your comfort is our top priority.  Once you arrive at our Institute, you will be escorted to a private room where the actual transplant will take place.  Dr. Nusbaum will explain each step of the procedure once more, and Dr. Rose will begin to outline the area on your scalp to which hair will be transplanted.  This is all done in accordance with the plan set forth by Dr. Nusbaum in the Initial Transplant Consultation (above), and the transplant procedure continues only after you give final approval.

Next, you will be given medication to help you relax and a surgical gown to wear while the procedure is performed.  Then, your scalp will be prepped in a relaxing manner that minimizes anxiety and discomfort.  A technician will implement a special massaging technique that uses the principles of acupuncture to relieve the scalp of tension, pressure, and pain.  This technique has been developed by Dr. Nusbaum and does not involve the use of any needles.  Rather, the massaging creates a vibration that works in conjunction with the anesthesia to minimize any discomfort associated with the procedure.

While your scalp is anesthetized, the grafts are surgically removed from the donor strip at the back of your head and transplanted to the chosen sites.  The amount of pain felt during this portion of the procedure is minimal.  Most patients say the pain experienced is subtle and on par with a visit to the dentist.

Sophisticated Technology: No More “Plugs”

Dr. Nusbaum is a proponent of follicular unit transplantation, a refined and proven procedure in the field of hair restoration.  Follicular unit transplantation represents a huge departure from the plugs that were grafted years ago, both in technique and, most importantly, results.

During the procedure, the donor strip area is carefully evaluated under the microscope.  Small, specifically sculpted follicular-unit grafts are removed and implanted into the recipient area, one at a time.  Tiny openings no larger than a pinprick are made in the recipient area to receive each unit.

To learn more about the advanced technologies and results of this procedure, please visit this guide to Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure.

Post Procedure

Your hair transplant procedure may take 3 to 6 hours from start to finish, depending on the number of grafts required to achieve desired results.  You will be ready to leave our clinic after a brief rest period.  We advise all patients to make arrangements for a driver to take them home safely, as there is a mild sedative used during the procedure that may have a lingering effect afterward.

Most patients return to work the following day and resume full activity, including their fitness and sports regimen, within a few short days.  In most cases, evidence of the transplant goes undetected by others until months later when they notice your fuller, natural looking head of hair.

Many patients opt for a second or third procedure to optimize their opportunity for a full head of hair.  Procedures can be done as gradually or as frequently as you wish provided favorable medical conditions for prime hair growth are taken into account.

Learn More about Hair Transplantation

Our friendly staff includes South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, microscopists, technicians, and registered nurses.  We understand the agony and frustration that accompanies hair loss, and we are committed to helping you develop a customized plan that will create natural results.

To learn more about Miami hair transplant procedures at the Hair Transplant Institute, please contact us online or call us directly at 1.877.443.9070.

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