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FUE Scars: How to Avoid Them and How to Manage Them

Hair Transplant Donor AreaWhile it may not require a trip to the hospital, involve a scalpel, or a doctor operating deep inside your body, hair transplant surgery is, in fact, surgery. While certainly not as invasive as many other surgical procedures, a hair transplant does involve incisions in the skin, though they are minimal. That means there is always the potential for scars to develop in the donor areas where hair is harvested for transplant. Fortunately, advancements in hair transplant technology and techniques have gone a long way towards minimizing the scarring that was more prevalent in older procedures.

One of the many benefits of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant technique – developed and implemented by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami’s Dr. Paul Rose – is that it results in minimal scarring. Nevertheless, scars can still develop depending on the patient’s natural healing capabilities or if a patient fails to take proper care of their scalp post-procedure.

The FUE Technique

During an FUE transplant, we remove follicular units from the scalp 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 FUE, patients can completely avoid a more obvious linear scar often associated with other hair transplant methods. Instead, scarring occurs in a dot-like pattern and is virtually undetectable after healing and regrowth. The minimal scarring means that patients can wear their hair quite short (but not completely shaven) without any evidence that a procedure has been done.

Avoiding FUE Scars: It’s in Your Surgeon’s Hands

The most important step you can take to minimize or avoid visible scarring is to ensure that your hair transplant surgeon has the skill, technique, and experience to perform an FUE transplant with the precision needed to prevent scarring. Precision is the key to a successful FUE procedure, and the key to precision is experience and the skillful use of the most advanced technology available. 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. 

Managing FUE Scars

Though scarring should be minimal and heal quickly, you’ll want to be gentle with your scalp and hair after surgery to keep it that way. You’ll be able to return to work and engage in your regular activities in a matter of days, but for the first few nights, try to sleep with your head elevated. Wait a few days before shampooing as you usually would, but don’t be too vigorous when doing so.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Treatment for Individuals with Alopecia Areata is Promising

How Long do FUE Hair Transplants Take to Heal?

Hair Transplant surgery Hair transplant surgery, like any other surgical procedure, involves some degree of recovery time and limitations on activities in order to properly heal. One of the many benefits of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant technique – developed and implemented by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami’s Dr. Paul Rose – is that healing tends to be quicker and involve less post-operative limitations than other hair transplant methods.

The FUE Technique

During a FUE transplant, 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 FUE, 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 FUE, the donor area heals faster than with traditional methods and there is almost no postoperative pain. The minimal scarring means that patients can wear their hair quite short (but not completely shaven) without any evidence that a procedure has been done.

Post-Procedure Care and Healing

Since a mild sedative is used during the procedure, you’ll stay around for a short rest period after completion. You should also arrange for someone to take you home and plan on resting for the remainder of the day.

The day after the procedure, we will want you to return to our offices to have the transplanted areas checked and shampooed. That said, you should also be able to return to work that day and resume all of your regular activities within a week to 10 days.

Some patients experience crusting and mild redness in the recipient area which can last 7-10 days. Many patients can hide these crusts by combing the adjacent hair over the transplanted site, or by wearing a hat. Topical solutions can also be applied after the procedure to accelerate the separation of the crusts.

It is normal for the transplanted hairs to “fall out” in the first few weeks. The hairs then recycle and begin growing in about three to four months. The results are often not visible for six months or slightly longer with final results apparent at 12 months. The results are permanent.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

Is It Normal to Lose Hair After Surgery?

Is It Normal to Lose Hair After SurgeryThe number of elective surgeries performed in 2012 grow to just over 1.6 million, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (i). Many more emergency, exploratory, and transplant surgeries were also performed, amounting to millions of procedures over the course of a single year. These procedures entail a certain degree of emotional stress and strain for both patient and family, particularly when the margin for error is slim.

Recently, patients have begun to ask a startling question: Why does hair loss occur after a surgical procedure?

Does Surgery Cause Hair Loss?

In short, surgery does not cause hair loss. Rather, hair loss is a result of the immense emotional and physical stress that surgery may inflict upon the patient. This type of stress-induced hair loss is referred to as telogen effluvium, and it differs drastically from androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, in a couple key ways.

First, telogen effluvium is not inherited. Unlike telogen effluvium, genetics play a large role in determining whether or not an individual will experience pattern baldness as they age. On the other hand, telogen effluvium is typically triggered by an incredibly stressful incident. Car accidents, major life transitions, and even surgical procedures are all good examples of inciting incidents that might trigger the onset of telogen effluvium.

Second, telogen effluvium is not permanent. Whereas cases of pattern baldness are permanent unless treated via hair transplant surgery or non-surgical hair restoration, telogen effluvium might subside as the individual recovers from the stressful situation. Treatment is still recommended, however, for patients who wish to have their hair restored quickly and naturally.

Though fundamentally different, both hair loss conditions can be effectively treated with a variety of non-surgical and surgical procedures.

Treating Hair Loss After Surgery

Preventative Care. Physicians like to remind patients of the age-old adage, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, taking steps to eat well, exercise often, and mitigate daily stress can go a long way in preventing the onset of hair loss after surgery. Still, there is always a chance that the physical stress of a surgical procedure will trigger hair loss.

Non-surgical Hair Restoration. Rogaine® (Minoxidil) is a very effective non-surgical method of hair restoration. A topical application, Rogaine has been shown in clinical trials to slow, and sometimes revers, the balding process in men and women.

Surgical Hair Restoration. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures are among the fastest and most effective means of restoring areas of balding scalp. Following a thorough exam and consultation, a highly specialized surgeon will designate a donor area from which clusters of individual follicular units (hairs) will be extracted. Hairs are then transplanted, unit-by-unit, to carefully restore the natural appearance of  the bald area. For more information, readers are invited to visit the Hair Transplant Institute online to learn more about hair restoration techniques.

Find a Physician

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team understands the many ways in which hair loss can adversely affect personal, social, and professional life. Our Institute is home to South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We offer our patients the most comprehensive hair loss treatment methodology, along with advanced technologies like the ARTAS® System by Restoration Robotics™.

To learn more about hair loss diagnosis and treatment, schedule a hair loss evaluation online or contact our office directly at 877.443.9070.

Sources:

(i) “Statistics.” The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Accessed 17 July 2013.

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