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What Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a non-invasive procedure for obtaining hair for transplantation. Trained technicians, under the direct supervision of the physician, obtain these ‘healthy’ hairs from the sides and back of your head. It involves making a small, round incision on the scalp that surrounds the follicular unit and isolates it from the tissue around it. The follicular unit, normally in a cluster of 1-4 hairs, is then extracted from the scalp and the process is repeated multiple times until the desired number of grafts is obtained. Once the follicular unit grafts are extracted from the donor area, the recipient (balding) sites are prepared with a special instrument. The follicular units are then carefully planted into these tiny sites. Once in their new place on the scalp, the follicular units will continue to grow into follicles that produce healthy hair. This method of extracting individual follicular units is what differentiates FUE from Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as the strip method. FUT is a process in which the units are taken out in a single strip to be later dissected, leaving behind a long, permanent scar. Many potential patients shy away from the strip method because of the slow recovery time, the linear scar on the back of the head and the amount of post-operative pain involved. Our trained technicians optimize your comfort throughout the procedure via the FUE method.
Who Are The Ideal Candidates For Hair Restoration?
Hair restoration can certainly enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence. However, before you decide to have the procedure, assess your expectations and discuss them with our physician during your complimentary consultation. The goal of hair restoration is to find the most efficient use of your existing hair. Candidates will be carefully assessed by our trained consultants and will educate you on what method of treatment would be most beneficial. In determining your candidacy, we consider the following:
- Number of grafts required to meet your expectations
- Density of donor hair
- Color of hair
- Texture of hair
- Hair loss projections
For a general idea on the number of grafts needed, please refer to our Graft Calculator
What Is The Associated Cost?
The cost of hair transplantation varies based on need and expectations. The national average cost per graft is $6-$10. At RGV Hair Restoration, we take into consideration many factors when providing a procedure quote. We pride ourselves in working with our clients to provide them with optimal results, without breaking their budget. RGV Hair Restoration is competitively priced at $5 per graft. We offer promotions and referral bonuses, as well (inquire with trained consultant). We also offer methods of financing to alleviate the initial cost.
What Happens Before And After The Hair Transplant Procedure?
RGV Hair Restoration will provide you with the highest quality of medical care. After receiving your consultation, determining hair transplantation is the right method of treatment for your hair loss and confirming your procedure date, we will provide you with a pre-op checklist. The pre-op checklist is to be implemented 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment date and will optimize your results. A key component of a successful hair transplant procedure is the post-op care. You will receive thorough post-operative instructions to ensure you get the best results from your procedure. This will include medications, such as a mild steroid (anti-swelling), a painkiller and an antibiotic (anti-infection). Although FUE is a minimally invasive procedure, you can still expect to see some redness at both the recipient and donor sites. This will disappear in a couple of days, depending on the individual’s skin tone and healing process. There is normally minimal to no pain after the procedure. You should avoid touching your recipient sites and minimize sweating, so intense activities are not recommended. Following the proper post-op care will optimize your results and minimize the healing process, such is the case with PRP Treatment.
What Is A Protein Rich Plasma Treatment?
Protein Rich Plasma is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets, which are then activated to release multiple growth factors that promote healing. PRP is used to treat hair loss, improve graft take after hair transplantation and to improve wound healing. Treatments with PRP have shown to wake up dormant hair follicles in hair loss patients, resulting in hair growth and hair loss cessation. The treatment consists of drawing blood from the patient’s arm, processing the blood in a centrifuge to obtain the protein rich plasma and then injecting into the scalp’s area of hair loss. The process can be repeated every 4-6 months. PRP is also used to improve wound healing in the scar area of the hair transplant procedure. The use of protein rich plasma in the occipital scar, or FUE donor site, will help expedite the wound healing process so that you can return to your normal activities quicker. PRP is used on the donor sites to promote wound healing and adherence of the new grafts to the scalp donor site.
ACell + PRP Injection Therapy
A new solution to treat hair loss, ACell + PRP Injection Therapy works to preserve and thicken hair in patients who are genetically predisposed to hair loss. As a non-surgical solution, the ACell + PRP injection procedure is a short 60 minute visit with limited down time. Unlike prescription medications or topical applications that must be used as part of an ongoing daily routine, ACell + PRP Therapy does not require daily maintenance.
What is ACell?
ACell’s MatriStem technology (an FDA approved medical device) works at the cellular level to repair and remodel damaged tissues. ACell has a broad range of uses in surgical procedures, and is a naturally occurring matrix of proteins’ found in tissue layers. When ACell is placed into a surgical site or wound, it is resorbed, stimulating adult stem cells in the damaged tissues. This process will regenerate dormant follicular tissues, thereby producing improved quality in hair growth.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are present in all the tissues of our body. Adult stem cells are incapable of developing new tissue, unless activated by an acellular device, like ACell Matristem. Once activated, stem cells recruit other cell types to the area and tissue regeneration begins. Without the introduction of ACell to the area, adult stems cells cannot regenerate tissue. Stem cell activation with ACell is beneficial for many other clinical applications and wound healing.
ACell + PRP Procedures
The process of an ACell + PRP procedure starts with acquiring a blood sample from the patient. Then local anesthetic is applied to the scalp and the injections are administered once the patient is completely numb. The process takes about 60 minutes and recovery is quick, with a sore scalp lasting about 24-48 hours.
ACell + PRP Results
Results begin to develop in conjunction with the typical hair growth cycle, about 4 to 8 months after the injection procedure. Hair will feel and appear thicker and denser, depending upon the area treated, with results in the hairline typically being more noticeable to patients. Follow up visits are an important part of the Comprehensive Plan to protect and renew hair with ACell + PRP. Results will be assessed every four months post-procedure, and progress will be tracked annually to determine when a follow on procedure may be advised to keep hair growth thriving. Positive effects last for months or even years after the procedure, before needing an update or booster injection series.
A series of ACell + PRP procedures may be recommended to optimize hair growth, depending on your expectations for results, the nature of your hair loss progression, and your overall response to the treatment. Significant improvement can be seen with just a single treatment.
Early Intervention with ACell + PRP
ACell + PRP Injections help combat the physical trait of hair loss. This procedure offers the opportunity to slow, and even, stop hair thinning before needing to repeat the process or take further steps toward restoration. The goal with treating genetic hair loss early is to maintain hair for as long as possible, improve density, and keep the results for months and years to come, pushing back against the need for more aggressive solutions until further down the road.
ACell + PRP with Hair Transplant Surgery
ACell+PRP is also available as an add-on to surgical restorations to increase graft survival rates, support rapid healing of the donor area, and improve the quality of native hair.
What Are The Expected Results Of A Hair Transplant Procedure?
Considering that every individual is unique, results vary immensely. Some patients respond rapidly to the hair transplantation and are able to see results within 3 months. Others will observe full results at 12 months. Typically, patients can expect to start seeing results 6 months after their hair transplantation. Once results are achieved, it’s YOUR HAIR! Comb it, blow dry it, run your fingers through it…Enjoy It!
RGV Hair Restoration will assist you in achieving the hair you desire.