Hair loss, while common, can be a troubling issue. If nonsurgical treatments aren't enough to slow or stop your hair loss, it could be time to consider hair transplant surgery. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL, we offer Follicular Unit Extraction (also known as FUE) for patients who want fuller hair. FUE is a minimally invasive hair transplant surgery that uses advanced robotic technology to extract hair follicles from the back of the head, and then places the individual follicles to the desired location with precision. The hair transplant surgeons at Ponte Vedra implement the state-of-the-art NeoGraft FUE system, a technology that offers excellent, lasting outcomes. Using the NeoGraft system blended with surgeon skill and experience allows each follicle to be placed methodically so that the results look and feel natural. If you have thinning hair or bald spots, schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn more about FUE hair transplant surgery.
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Hair Transplant (FUE) Ideal Candidates
You may be a candidate for FUE if you have large patches of thinning hair or bald spots. You may have tried nonsurgical treatments such as shampoos, topical medications, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), or laser therapy, but are still unhappy with the overall results. While these treatments can help slow or prevent hair loss, they generally are not able to restore or reverse advanced hair loss. FUE can be done on most hair types, textures, and colors. During your private consultation, we will evaluate your hair and scalp to determine if you have enough donor follicles to achieve your aesthetic goals, and we will then create a custom treatment plan for you.
Hair Transplant (FUE) Surgical Technique
Your FUE procedure will be done in our Jacksonville, FL office using a local anesthesia to numb your scalp. An oral sedative could be added to keep you calm and relaxed during the process. During your consultation, we will talk to you about what to expect during your FUE procedure, including how long it will take and what to expect before, during, and after treatment. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing at the time of your appointment. Once you have been prepped for the procedure, you will be able to relax and watch TV or listen to music while our team works to restore your hair.
FUE takes place in two steps. First, the donor follicles are extracted. The donor follicles will generally come from the back of your head because this is an area where hair growth is constant. For medium to large grafts, the back and sides of your scalp may need to be shaved. For smaller cases (less than 1,000 –1,200 grafts), you may only need to get a small section of hair shaved. The donor hair is removed in follicular units, which includes typically about 1 – 4 hairs. The hair removal process is randomized so the hair close to the extracted grafts will grow back and also mask the extracted follicles. The transplanted area will be assessed thoroughly by your hair surgeon so that the transplant process is completed with precision and care, and in accordance with the angle, depth, orientation, and density of your scalp to make natural-looking results.
What to Expect with Hair Transplant (FUE)
After the procedure and once you have been safely monitored, you will be released to relax and recuperate at home. Prior to your release, we will go over your recovery instructions including how you may look immediately after your transplant surgery and how to care for the extracted and implanted areas. You will most likely have some redness and inflammation in the donor and transplant sites for a few days. Small scabs around the transplanted follicles can typically be found for 7 – 10 days. Several weeks after the procedure, the transplanted follicles will transition to the resting phase of hair growth. This typically lasts for 3 – 4 months. During this time, the hairs will fall out, but this is totally normal and to be expected. The transplanted follicles will move back into the growing phase and new hair will begin to appear day by day. It typically takes about 12 – 18 months for your final results to be visible. At this point, your hair should look thicker and fuller. To maintain your new results, we may recommend ongoing nonsurgical treatments, such as topical medications or specialized shampoo, as well as PRP therapy for certain patients.
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Confidently Full, Thick Hair
Although hair loss is very common, it can cause anxiety or lowered self-confidence among some individuals. If you are interested in a long-lasting hair restoration treatment, schedule a consultation with Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL to learn more about Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). We will explain how the NeoGraft system works, and discuss in detail how you can get fuller, thicker, long-lasting hair.