For many men and women, nothing is more frustrating – and often embarrassing – than hair loss. Balding and hair loss can occur even at an early age. Although there are countless over-the-counter remedies available, most are ineffective and leave people feeling desperate and hopeless. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery offers patients the exciting opportunity to restore hair growth effectively and reliably. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the experienced medical team at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV understand the sensitive nature of hair loss and are committed to providing the most exceptional level of patient service and care.
While surgical hair restoration has been around for years, it has historically been a fairly primitive and unreliable procedure. With the revolutionary developments in technology and technique, hair transplant now boasts a much higher success rate, more natural looking results, and a more convenient process altogether.
What is FUE hair restoration?
Most people are probably familiar with the traditional linear hair transplant method. Using this technique, referred to as FUT hair restoration, the surgeon excises a horizontal strip from the back of the patient’s head in order to get thousands of hair follicles at once. FUE, which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, is a newer and more effective technique that involves the surgeon extracting individual follicle groups of 1-4 using NeoGraft technology and transplanting them to the areas of the head that have been affected by hair loss.
What can I expect from FUE hair transplant?
Follicular unit extraction is a minimally invasive procedure, but it is important to remember that it is still considered surgery and should be taken seriously. The procedure itself is performed with local anesthesia and generally lasts about 8-10 hours. The patient will be required to spend long periods of time lying on their side and back, but the caring team at VIP Plastic Surgery takes steps to ensure the process is as comfortable as possible.
Because the hairs need to be short to be effectively grafted, patients will be instructed on how to properly cut their hair prior to the procedure. With no incisions required, there will be no postoperative incision care or sutures to worry about, but patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and scabbing at the extraction sites. This is usually very mild and subsides quickly, and the hair growth in the days following the procedure should conceal any flaws until they have healed. Most patients are able to return to work and normal daily activities within 48 hours, but it is important to continue the full course of postoperative care.
What kinds of results can I expect from follicular unit extraction hair transplant?
When performed properly by a skilled surgeon, FUE hair transplant can give patients a full, beautiful, restored head of hair. The single-unit transfer method allows the surgeon to strategically and artfully place the individual hairs, resulting in a natural appearing growth pattern. This is particularly advantageous when it comes to creating a new hairline that doesn’t look artificial. Your friends, family, and even your hair stylist may not even be able to tell that you had any work done!
The donor sites should be completely healed after just a few days, and you should start to notice new hair growth in about 3 months. Most patients begin to see significant results in 6-12 months. Some patients experience thinning or loss of the newly transplanted hair after 6-8 weeks, but this is a normal response to the treatment.
Ultimately, men and women who undergo FUE hair restoration by a qualified and experienced provider can expect to achieve new, natural, permanent hair growth. As with any procedure, the results can vary from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will thoroughly evaluate your case to help better determine if you are a good candidate for FUE hair transplant and discuss what results you can realistically expect.
How successful is FUE hair restoration?
The success rate of any hair restoration procedure depends largely on a list of individual factors, including the patient’s overall health, the severity of their hair loss, and the experience of the surgeon. FUE hair transplant maintains much higher success rates across the board than other techniques, though. Most reputable surgeons report FUE hair restoration success rates of more than 90%, making it one of the most effective and promising options for Las Vegas patients facing thinning hair or hair loss.
Arguably the most important factor for a successful FUE hair transplant procedure is selecting the right provider. During your consultation, don’t hesitate to ask about your potential surgeon’s experience, training, and success records. Having an inexperienced surgeon can lead to mistakes like over-harvesting and unnatural transplant placement, resulting in a less than ideal outcome. Dr. Khorsandi and the expert team at VIP Plastic Surgery have successfully treated countless hair loss patients with FUE restoration and are familiar with the complexities and intricacies of the procedure.
I want to get FUE hair transplant. How do I get started?
If you think FUE hair restoration may be right for you, the first step is to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. Call our convenient Las Vegas office to schedule your consultation today, and learn more about how follicular unit extraction hair transplant can restore your hairline, boost your confidence, and change your life!