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5 Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair loss is no laughing matter. In the past, however, efforts to conceal baldness or restore hair were often so transparent that they would cause chuckles to even casual observers. Bad toupees weren’t the only source of such laughter. Older hair restoration techniques – “hair plugs” – could be so unsightly and painfully obvious that the cure was pretty much as bad if not worse than the original condition.

Fortunately, hair plugs are a thing of the past.

Hair Plugs Are No More

The pace of technological advancement that has so dramatically transformed our lives in so many ways over the past few decades has also transformed the art and science of hair restoration. The “pluggy” hair transplant procedures of the past are ancient history. You can put hair plugs next to the VCRs and fax machines in the technological trash.

Today, the hair restoration procedures we use at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are so advanced and revolutionary that they bear little resemblance to what was common 10 or 20 years ago.

The techniques we use leave virtually no sign that a hair transplant has been performed and leave our patients with full, robust, and youthful looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans could not identify a hair transplant patient who was treated using these new techniques.

Our two award-winning and groundbreaking surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, have been pioneers in the development and use of the precise, highly refined hair restoration procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). They have performed thousands of FUE hair restoration surgeries with outstanding results.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

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 without being concerned about a linear scar. In addition, the patients who have a limited donor area can also benefit from this procedure.

Precision-Guided Robotics and Highly Skilled Surgeons

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.

Donor’s hair is chosen using high-resolution digital imaging which provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area. This gives us as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth, and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts ready for transplantation.

The selected hair is then precisely removed by our skilled surgeons 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.

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

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or an unnatural look, you are living in the past. Today, the future of hair transplant surgery has arrived and your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed leaders in hair restoration surgery. Both are actively engaged in hair loss research, lecture widely, and are constantly refining their techniques to provide even better results.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

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.

5 Characteristics of a Natural Hairline

5 Characteristics of Natural Looking HairlineDr. Paul Rose, M.D., is one of the Hair Transplant Institute’s foremost hair transplant surgeons.  Dr. Rose has more than 20 years of experience and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the ISHRS Golden Follicle Award in 2008 and the Society of Hair Restoration Michelangelo Award in 2002.  When it comes to hair restoration procedures, Dr. Rose believes that striving to mimic nature is the most effective way to generate authentic results.  Surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami use this approach to perform procedures that naturally reconstruct hair to a thicker, fuller, and more youthful state.  Procedures at HTI Miami deliver exceptional results to patients with frontal alopecia and other forms of pattern baldness as well, focusing on the restoration of the 5 key characteristics of a natural looking hairline:

  1. Hairline Undulation
  2. Irregular Irregularity
  3. Variable Thickness
  4. Graduation of Density
  5. Random Dispersion of “Island Hairs”

The Secret to Creating a Natural Looking Hairline

1. Hairline Undulation

*“The hairline in men without frontal alopecia has an undulating contour.  […]The pattern is similar to the geographic border of a land mass.  To achieve a natural-appearing hairline, we should try to duplicate this formation.”

The first key to constructing a natural looking hairline is to ensure the hairline itself is undulating.  This means that the hairline gently flows inward and outward along a curved shape that extends across the forehead.  Despite undulating, individual hairs diverge from the hairline by only a few millimeters in either direction.  This creates the perception of randomly occurring indentations and projections along the hairline, which is a telltale characteristic of natural hair growth.

2. Irregular Irregularity

*“Although there may be an appearance of overall uniformity at a superficial glance, there is in fact randomness [in the distribution of individual hairs.] 

Along with undulation, the creation of a natural looking hairline requires irregular irregularity among the hairs themselves.  When observing a natural head of hair, the hairline appears at first glance to be even and uniform.  However, take a closer look and you will find that the hairs along the hairline and scalp are indeed random.  Natural hair growth does not create a series of evenly spaced hair.  Rather, hairs grow at a variable distance from one another.  Hairs also grow in groups of 1, 2, or 3, and such groups are likewise random formations.  To produce the most natural looking results, the hairline must be reconstructed with individual hairs that are both spaced and grouped at random.

3. Variable Thickness

*“At the hairline there are hairs of varying thickness.”

In addition to implementing techniques of undulation and irregular irregularity, the hairline must also be reconstructed using hairs of variable thickness.  Coarse, thick hairs may be used in the center area, however the hairs of the anterior and temporal regions must be fine.  Correctly varying hair density will recreate the natural texture of the hairline.  However, failing to do so may create subtle aesthetic aberrations that are distinctly noticeable by the naked eye.

4. Graduation of Density

*“The appearance of density actually appears behind the first rows of hairs.”

Graduation of density is a measure of the rate at which hair becomes denser as it gets farther from the forehead.  As Dr. Rose states, the density that we perceive actually exists behind the very first rows of hair.  Initial rows of hair contain individual hairs that are spaced far from one another and look thin compared to each subsequent row. As one moves across the scalp towards the posterior, individual hairs begin to grow closer to one another and density gradually increases.  Recreating this subtle and gradual increase in density is a critical in achieving a natural looking hairline that appears to be “in sync” with the rest of the scalp.

5. Random Dispersion of “Island Hairs”

“Island hairs” are individual units of hair that are randomly scattered in ways often unrelated to the hairline.  Sometimes, island hairs are simply remnants of where the hairline used to exist.  In any case, island hairs are the final touch to reconstructing a precise and authentic front hairline.  These hairs are sparsely scattered along the new hairline to contribute to the appearance of the natural hair growth.

Overcoming Frontal Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Androgenic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness, is the leading cause of hair loss among men and women.  The term frontal alopecia simply refers to hair loss that occurs across the front portion of the hair, or hairline.  Hair loss is a common occurrence in both men and women in the U.S.; about 2 in 3 men experience some form of hair loss by age 50 while about 20 million women experience symptoms of thinning hair over their lifetime.

If you are experiencing hair loss, you are not alone.

We understand that hair loss may have a profoundly negative impact on social and professional life.  Our Institute is committed to making a difference in the lives and well-being of our patients through effective procedures that produce beautiful, natural, and lasting results.  Schedule your hair loss evaluation to learn more about diagnosis and available treatment options.  You may also call directly at 1.877.443.9070.


*Rose, Paul M.D. “Considerations in Establishing a Natural Hairline.” International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery 1 Nov. 19998: 24-26. Web.