FUE is the latest major technical advancement in hair restoration surgery. In an FUE hair transplant, a large number of hair follicles is obtained in a single day providing excellent regrowth and patient tolerance without any great marks. Each individual follicular unit (FU) is obtained directly from the scalp, rather than from a strip of donor tissue that has been removed from the scalp like FUT. FUE hair transplants were originally performed using motorized punches of various types used to remove follicular units one at a time. In general, any patient who is a candidate for hair restoration surgery is a candidate for FUE hair transplant. A patient may be a poor candidate for a strip harvest, yet may achieve a good result with FUE.
FUE requires a steep learning curve, patience, physical stamina and endurance, a delicate touch, excellent hand–eye coordination and excellent hand motor skills. Essentially, it can be said that manual FUE hair transplants protect the donor area and provide good quality grafts. At RENEW, we implement our modiﬁed technique, (non-touch technique). The goal of an FUE hair transplant is to achieve homogenization throughout the head. To provide homogenization, it is important to use all parts of the donor area in random distribution. Even after multiple sessions, the donor area appears to be slightly less dense than it was previously, but only upon close inspection.
FUE hair transplant mega sessions refers to transplanting a large number of grafts in a single session. At renew, we implement mega sessions with great success in combination of scalp, beard and chest area. The advantages of a mega session are; a faster end result and the convenience of having an FUE hair transplant in a single session rather than over several sessions. The success of the FUE hair transplant requires mastery using micro-sized openings and special implanting techniques with high-powered magniﬁcation. Patients must be carefully selected. An experienced, well-organized FUE hair transplant surgical team and quality control is mandatory.
Facial hair transplant is a procedure that restores hair to areas where facial hair growth is thin or missing. It can be done to restore the goatee and mustache, as well as sideburns, the cheek beard, and anywhere that hair is desired, even if the hair has never grown in the area before. Facial hair transplants can also be used to conceal acne scars and other types of accident scars. The number of grafts required can vary but averages are as follows: 350-1000 grafts for the mustache, 600-2000 grafts for a full goatee, 200-500 grafts for each sideburn, and 300 to as many as 2500 grafts for each cheek beard. While not very common, some patients may require and or desire a second usually smaller procedure to transplant additional grafts if they desire more than moderate density.
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