Did you know that physicians have been providing hair transplants in the United States since the 1950s? It’s true! But the technology and the methods used have changed dramatically since then.
If you’re considering a hair restoration procedure, you can trust Dr. Dana Brownell and her staff at NeoGraft Hair Restoration in Westport, Connecticut, to offer the most advanced techniques and technology available. Here, we describe follicular unit extraction (FUE) and explain how the technique differs from older methods of hair restoration.
FUT vs. FUE
Learning about hair restoration can be confusing because there are two main types: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). The similarity of the terms also may muddy the waters of understanding.
FUT is an older technique but one that many providers still perform. Also called the “strip method,” it involves removing a strip of skin and hair follicles from the back of your scalp and implanting the strip in the area where you would like more hair. The main issue with FUT is that it can leave a significant scar.
FUE is less invasive. It involves removing follicles one at a time and implanting them in the area where you want hair. If you think about how many follicles there are per square inch of your scalp, you can understand why some providers don’t use this technique!
In addition to being time-consuming, FUE requires an enormous amount of skill on the part of your provider. Hair follicles are very fragile, and manually removing them and implanting them puts each one in danger of being damaged.
The NeoGraft difference
The big difference at our practice is that we use the NeoGraft® Hair Restoration System. NeoGraft removes many of the issues associated with FUE. For example, the machine works fast, so FUE doesn’t take longer than FUT would, but the likelihood of scarring is vastly reduced.
NeoGraft also makes it less likely that follicles will be damaged during transplantation. The machine is precisely calibrated and uses pneumatic pressure — compressed air — to extract and transplant the follicles. The precision and consistency means less chance of damaging the fragile follicles.
Because each follicle is removed individually, you’re not left with a wound from the removal of a strip of skin and follicles. This means you heal more quickly after FUE, and it also reduces the likelihood of an infection or other complication following the procedure.
If you’d like to learn more about FUE for hair loss, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brownell at NeoGraft Hair Restoration. We’re always happy to answer your questions and recommend a treatment based on your circumstances.