When patients decide to undergo a hair graft, many questions arise about the procedure and the most appropriate technique to achieve the best results. The surgeon will be in charge of explaining which hair transplant technique best suits your needs. Also, he will answer all your questions.
Specifically, between 60% and 70% of hair surgeries are performed with the FUE technique. We explain what it consists of and the importance of the surgical instruments used.
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The FUE Technique, The Most Used in Capillary Grafting
The FUE technique (Follicular Unit Excision) remains characterized by the systematic extraction of one by one of the follicular units from the patient’s donor area to graft them in the region suffering from alopecia. The donor area must have a uniform appearance, and all the follicular units must be healthy.
After this preliminary analysis, the follicular units remain extracted through small incisions. It is a painless progression due to the application of local anesthesia. This task requires skill and professionalism on the surgeon’s part since, if the incision remains not made correctly, the follicular units may suffer some damage.
After extraction, these follicular units remain analyzed, classified, and placed in trays or surgical boxes duly prepared for maximum conservation through solutions, cold processes, and other techniques.
How is the Hair Implant Performed?
Currently, the DHI method is the most used methodology for the direct implantation of follicular units. Although some centers advertise them as a new technique, this method remained created in the 90s. In addition, it has remained applied for quite some time as the final step of hair transplants with the FUE technique.
DHI Method (Direct Hair Implantation)
The DHI or Direct Hair Implantation (Direct Hair Implantation) remains based on implanters for the implantation of hair follicles in the area of alopecia in patients. These implanters are surgical instruments in the shape of a pen that facilitates the surgeon’s work and provides greater precision.
At the time of implantation, the implanter remains inserted into the patient’s scalp following the natural angle of the hair, which varies according to the patient’s characteristics. Once well inserted, the hair follicle is released, and the implanter remains removed to recharge it.
This methodology allows us both to restore the volume of hair loss due to alopecia and rebuild the front line of hair implantation. It also replaces scars from previous procedures or treats other areas, such as eyebrows and beard.
Advantages of the DHI Method
The experience of expert hair transplant surgeons has shown that DHI provides a series of benefits that affect the well-being of patients. Among them, we find:
- Better control of the position and depth of implantation. Thanks to the help of implanters, giving rise to more natural hair graft results.
- Less bleeding and faster recovery. Because the incisions in the scalp are smaller, the trauma of placing the follicle through a clamp remains reduced. In addition, since tissue damage remains minimized after surgery, patients have less inflammation and fewer post-surgical scabs.
- Less time in the operating room. The time of the operation remains reduced, so patients experience minor discomfort.
- Higher growth rate with faster results than other techniques. In our experience, in an average of 8 months, 90% of the new hair shows adequate growth and is permanently attached to the scalp.
The only scenario in which we must be more careful when performing a hair transplant with the DHI method is when patients have very curly and thick hair. This type of hair is more difficult to load into the implanter. Therefore, the surgeon must assess the suitability of resorting to this technique based on analyzing the patient’s follicular units.
Postoperative Surgery With the FUE Technique
Even though the postoperative period of the graft with the FUE technique is usually painless and straightforward, even more so with the use of implanters, at Serrano Medical Unit, we recommend our patients follow a series of recommendations during the first weeks to guarantee the quality of the results. :
- In the first few days, rest with the head slightly higher than the trunk and face up to favor the normal movement of blood flow and avoid chafing in the transplanted region.
- Do not smoke during the weeks following the graft. Tobacco can cause a decrease in blood flow that can affect transplanted hair grafts. We also recommend avoiding alcohol consumption and not engaging in intense exercise.
- Suspend bathing on beaches or swimming pools and limit exposure to the sun, affecting the healing of the treated areas.
In addition, during the postoperative period, patients have continuous advice from the surgeons and all the staff of the medical center. The day after the operation, a first revision and the first washing of the hair remains carried out. In turn, the medical team explains to the patient how to proceed when performing the subsequent washes.
It is essential to rub the head very carefully, with light massages, and avoid sudden movements on the grafts. The same in the subsequent drying of the hair, trying not to rub the scalp.
In the case of using a dryer, we recommend using it at the lowest power and a farther distance than usual. In addition, it is sensible to allow the hair to air dry in the warmer summer months to reduce stress on the newly implanted follicles.
What Is The Best Stage For A Hair Transplant?
Usually, it is best to wait for the alopecia to begin to slow down naturally so that the hair graft has to remain done only once. For this reason, surgeons prefer to perform the intervention between the ages of 30 and 40.
How Long Does A Hair Transplant Take?
How long does a hair transplant take? The average time of a transplant is about 25 years. This data does not fit all cases, but a traditional grafting process with the latest hair surgery techniques guarantees follicular growth for at least two decades.
How Much Hair Can Grow In 15 Days?
Hair grows 0.4 millimeters a day
“The average growth of hair on the scalp is approximately 11.4 cm per month, an average of 0.4 mm per day. And it grows faster between 16 and 46 years, clearly decreasing after 50.
What Happens When Hair Starts To Fall Out?
In men, hair loss can start over the age of 20, and in women over the age of 30, genetics is the factor that most influences. However, there are other causes such as diet, some diseases, and hormonal imbalances.
What Can Not Remain Done After A Hair Transplant?
During the first month after the intervention
It would be best not to use sports activities, sauna, swimming in a pool or sea, sunbathing, for one month. These activities can damage the transplanted grafts and increase the risk of infection.
What Kind Of Diseases Cause Hair To Fall Out?
Hair loss can respond to diseases like lupus, syphilis, and thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism or thyrotoxicosis. It can also indicate a protein, iron, zinc, or biotin deficiency.
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