Are You in Need of FUE Hair Transplant LA Surgery?
At first, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery seemed unfavorable by a majority of hair transplant specialists. In the early 2000s, the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) technique that was the mainstream method of hair transplant surgery. At first, the FUE hair transplant LA surgery was seen by doctors to be unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming. The FUT procedure had replaced the old “hair plug” method of hair transplant and the hair industry was happy with the results FUT was producing for their patients.
This is because the hair plug hair transplant was not great. Doctors removed large portions of hair-bearing scalp and transplanted these “plugs” to the recipient area. Results were less than desirable and the technique did not create a natural look at all. The hair plug transplant gave the scalp the appearance of a doll’s head, instead of a human. The hair plug method made it very apparent that the individual had undergone a hair transplant. However, patients took what they could get. After all, that’s the best option patients had back in the day.
During the FUT days, Los Angeles was right in the middle of the hubbub. FUT clinics opened on almost every block. People suffering from hair loss flocked to these clinics to finally get hair transplants that produced natural-looking results. Today, patients still receive FUT procedures. However, over the last decade, FUE hair transplant LA surgery became more popular than the FUT method, and for good reason.
What is FUE and How is it Different?
It’s true that the FUE hair transplant takes a great deal of more time to complete than the FUT process. The extraction process in a FUT transplant involves the surgeon removing a “strip” of hair-bearing tissue from the specified donor area of the scalp. After strip removal, doctors suture the scalp back together. Then the surgeon would dissect the individual follicles from this strip, with each follicle containing 1 to 4 hairs.
With the FUE extraction process, instead of removing a whole strip of tissue so the scalp had to be sutured back together, the doctor will extract each hair follicle individually with a special hole punch tool. This tool is basically a hollow scalpel with a diameter of 0.7 to 1.0 millimeters. It is placed over the hair follicle and pressed down and rotated to separate the tissue of the scalp from the hair follicle so that it can be removed with forceps. Over the years there have been many improvements in the tools used for the extraction phase of FUE, but more on that later.
The implantation of the hair follicles is similar to both the FUT, and FUE hair transplant surgery. After the hair follicle extractions, the doctor or surgeon makes a small incision in the recipient area of the scalp and carefully implants the hair follicle. This implantation must be carefully done so that the implanted follicle is in a line and angle of the naturally growing hair. If the implantation is placed poorly, when the hair follicle begins to grow, it will do so at an angle different than the naturally-growing hair on the scalp. Consequently, this creates an unnatural appearance.
Benefits of FUE Hair Surgery over FUT Hair Surgery
Because the FUE surgery does not require sutures, it involves much less post-procedure pain and discomfort. Although it does take longer to complete, being able to individually extract hair follicles allows the surgeon much more control over the extraction phase. Also, the FUT procedure leaves a long linear scar along the donor area of the scalp, which is usually along the rear, base of the skull. This scar is readily apparent if the hair on the back of the head is short, as men’s haircuts often will be.
The scarring from the FUE method leaves small, pinprick-like scars where the follicles extractions occur. Even with short hair, these scars are hard to spot. For this reason, the FUE method of hair transplants has become much more popular over the years than the FUT technique. However, there are instances where FUT could be called for.
The Different Tools and Types of FUE
Just like many other techniques and technologies, the FUE hair transplant has improved over the years. There are still some hair experts that prefer the regular, manual punch tool for FUE transplants. However, there are many advancements and improvements that make the extraction and implantation phases of the FUE method quicker and in some cases, easier.
The SAFE System
The SAFE (Surgically Advanced Follicular Extraction) system is a tool that uses a sharp, circular punch to incise the skin around the hair follicle, then a blunt circular punch that loosens the follicle from the surrounding tissue. This tool minimizes human error in the extraction phases of an FUE procedure. If the surgeon damages the root, or “bulb” of the hair follicle during extraction, then the follicle will die after implantation, and no hair will grow from it. Doctors called this a transection. The SAFE tool minimizes transections and speeds up extractions in the FUE procedure.
The Powered SAFE Scribe
This FUE instrument uses the technology of the SAFE system and motorizes it. The Powered SAFE Scribe has a rotating sharp punch and blunt tip that allows both the incising of the skin around the follicle and the removal of the follicle to happen simultaneously. The proponents of the Powered SAFE Scribe claim that it drastically speeds up the process of follicle extraction and minimizes the transactions that occur.
The RotoCore is a handheld FUE instrument that automatically rotates while incising the scalp around the hair follicle. The RotoCore also controls the depth at which it will incise the skin. This is said to prevent transections as well as prevent instances where a surgeon will core too deep into the skin of the scalp. This tool is supposed to decrease hand fatigue on the part of the surgeon as well as reduce scarring during the extraction phase.
NeoGraft is a mechanical device that operates similar to the Powered SAFE Scribe but uses suction to extract the follicle after the skin has been incised instead of a blunt tool. The NeoGraft hair device will then automatically move the follicle to a tray to await implantation. The NeoGraft device has been marketed to doctors and dermatologists as an “All-in-One” FUE Hair Transplant device.
The ARTAS System is the most mechanized FUE device. ARTAS is a robotic arm that is equipped with a Powered SAFE Scribe tool that is operated by a computer and run by computer programming.
Choose the Human Touch Instead
All of the devices we have listed above are in use today in a variety of FUE clinics and dermatology offices. In the right hands, some of these tools can produce some great results. However, the issue with systems like the NeoGraft and the ARTAS robot, is that they are marketed to offices and doctors that do not have hair transplant experience as a way to start offering FUE hair transplant LA surgery as one of their services. They claim that these devices fully automate the FUE process. Typically, they target physicians who have never performed a hair transplant before.
There is no substitution for skill and experience. Doing a manual FUE transplant is a tried-and-true method of getting results. While some of these tools may speed up the process, surgeons who have been performing FUE transplants for a decade do not need, nor likely do not want a robot to do it for them.
FUE Hair Transplant LA Surgery Price
Due to the increasing popularity of the FUE hair transplant surgery, most hair transplant clinics all around the world now offer them. The FUT procedure is still performed today and there are many instances in which FUT may be the superior option for some patients. However, FUT surgeries occur much less frequently than it used to be. Now, FUE is the dominant procedure and for good reason.
There are many factors that come into play that will influence the price of your FUE transplant. The main factor is of course how many hair grafts you will need. The number of grafts needed to fill in your balding areas determine how many hair grafts must be extracted. This also determines how long the procedure will ultimately take.
Other factors include quality of the donor hair, if any body hair needs to be extracted to supplement the donor hair, and the area where the FUE clinic is located in. Each country and region of the United States will have different prices per FUE graft.
The national average of an FUE hair transplant surgery is around $6 to $10 per graft of hair transplanted. If you are going to a clinic that uses robots like the ARTAS, you can expect to pay more per graft due to how expensive the devices are. Most clinics will also set their price range based on the skill, experience, and reputation of the surgeon performing the surgery.
Best Hair Transplant Los Angeles is the Premier LA FUE Clinic
Los Angeles California is home to the most skilled and experienced hair transplant specialists in the United States. In fact, LA offers some of the best FUE hair transplant pricing in the US. That may shock you but it’s true.
Here at Best Hair Transplant Los Angeles, we have revolutionized the FUE hair transplant pricing structure. Other FUE clinics charge outrageous prices for an FUE hair transplant LA surgery because they either use fancy, expensive robots or because their doctor is an FUE specialist. Here at Best Hair, we believe that everyone should be able to afford the very best FUE surgery possible.
All our doctors are FUE specialists with years of experience, our Best Hair surgeons specialize in FUE transplants by hand. No robots or machines here. The tired & true method of FUE is the best way to ensure patients see the results they deserve.
Our starting price for an FUE hair transplant is only $5 per graft. This is a nearly unheard-of price range here in Los Angeles. Frequently, the price can be even low due to specials we run or cash pay options. However, we don’t skimp on quality or customer service. We assure you that it is for one of the highest quality hair transplant surgeries you will find. Call us today and set up a complimentary consultation with one of our FUE specialists.
SUFFERING FROM HAIR LOSS?
Best Hair Transplant is the best place to schedule your hair transplant in Los Angeles. We’ve helped both men and women regrow their lost hair. But don’t take our word for it. We suggest learning as much as possible about hair restoration. Do so prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.
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