A Review of Modern Surgical Hair Restoration Techniques
Are you planning on undergoing a hair restoration treatment?
Hair transplant and restoration is a great way to regain your natural hairline. These days, medical science has come very far and you’ll receive the most authentic results post-surgery. Additionally, surgical technology has also improved its precision and finesse. This ensures you get the results you want, quickly and safely.
At Hair Doctor NYC, Dr. Roy B Stoller is one of the leading hair restoration specialists in the United States. He is actively involved in researching and improving modern surgical hair restoration procedures. His priority is to make hair transplant surgeries as seamless and as safe as possible. Feel free to contact us to learn about his work and to schedule a consult with him about your treatment.
Three modern surgical hair restoration treatments to know about:
To appreciate hair restoration, one must first understand what a hair follicle is.
A follicle is a specialized structure that is located in the dermal layer of your skin. It contains a variety of cells, which are responsible for the growth, stability, and health of the hair. A follicular unit refers to a group of 2-4 hair follicles that grow together. Hair restoration yields authentic results when follicular units are grouped in an aesthetic manner during surgery.
Two popular methods which we’ll discuss, use follicular units to provide you a natural hairline.
- Follicular Unit Transplant
The Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) surgical technique has been in practice for over two decades. During this time, it has been improved tremendously. This hair restoration surgical technique involves transplanting healthy hair follicles.
Typically, the hair in the back of the head is immune from hair loss, In the FUT technique, a small strip of skin containing healthy follicular units is removed. It is grafted onto the site where the hairline is receding.
The healthy hair follicles are separated from skin tissue and set aside in a holding
solution. This ensures they remain viable for many hours after removal. The receiving site is prepared by making tiny slits that are large enough to receive the transplanted follicular units. Once the graft is in place, a specialized trichophytic closure using sutures is used to stitch the skin in-place.While the FUT is a great hair transplant technique, it can lead to mild scarring at the strip on the back of the head, where the hair follicles were harvested.
- Follicular Unit Extraction
To reduce scarring in the donor area associated with FUT, doctors have devised another technique called the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
This surgery starts in the same way as the FUT. Your hairline is evaluated and the right area for harvesting healthy hair follicles is selected. This tool extracts the hair follicle fully and results in minimal scarring. There are no sutures required.
Once the hair follicles are extracted, they are stored in holding solution. The recipient site is prepared by making the tiny incisions necessary to insert the extracted follicles. In most cases, these incisions heal themselves very quickly and only need a temporary bandage for a few days. The blood vessels in the recipient site will nourish your newly-restored follicles, enabling them to grow into healthy hairs.
- Robotic Hair Restoration
Robotic hair restoration is the most state-of-the-art hair transplant procedure available today. Here, doctors use a cutting-edge robotic arm that has been specially designed to carefully extract hair follicles from the harvest area. The biggest advantage of robotic hair restoration is that it assists the surgeon to help maximize your result. It is only as good as the surgeon using it. This robot is powered using advanced image-guided precision technology. This means the hair transplant surgery is completely personalized based on the images that the robot takes of your head and scalp. This ensures the highest degree of accuracy and the most natural results.
The most-renowned robotic hair transplant technology in-use today is the ARTAS®. It helps is used to identify:
- The healthiest donor sites.
- The most-ideal hair follicles to harvest.
- The best technique to collect hair follicles.
ARTAS’s knowledge base is continuously updated based on surgical nuances and outcomes. This ensures that the latest expertise in hair restoration is utilized to help you get back your natural hairline.
Dr. Roy B Stoller is a highly-qualified hair transplant surgeon, with experience in all three types of surgical hair restoration. He has experience performing the Follicular Unit Transplant and Follicular Unit Extraction procedures on men and women of all ages and at various stages of balding. During the surgery, our focus is on ensuring a natural hairline is restored.
We are one of the premier adopters of the ARTAS® robotic hair transplant system in NYC. The ARTAS is an FDA-approved, cutting-edge robotic surgical system that is designed to provide the most-precise hair restoration results.
Browse our website to see the results of our FUT, FUE and ARTAS hair restoration surgeries.
How do you decide which surgical technique is right for you?
There are three criteria you need to consider when selecting which option is right for you.
Density: FUTs tend to yield more grafts than FUE procedures
Aesthetics: FUEs have less visible scarring
Athough the FUE and robotic surgeries seem to be much better options than the FUT, they do come at a cost. FUT is a relatively cost-effective procedure, compared to FUE and robotic surgery. In fact, robotic surgery can be very expensive, given the state-of-the-art resources that are used to perform hair restoration but is worth it for the best aesthetic look. If you want a hair transplant on a budget, the FUT might be the ideal procedure for you.
Dr. Roy B Stoller is highly-experienced in performing all three hair restoration treatments. He can help you choose the surgical technique that is ideal for you. Feel free to contact us today to schedule a consult with Dr. Roy B Stoller for evaluation and treatment.