Understanding FUE Transplant Procedures

by | Dec 8, 2018 | Hair Restoration

FUE procedures generally refer to Follicular Unit Extractions. However, FUE was recently redefined as “Follicular Unit Excision,” to be more accurate. Follicular Unit Excision is the surgical technique that refers to the circular incision of the skin around the follicular unit bundle. This is done for the purpose of extracting a full-thickness skin graft containing hair follicles, intradermal fat, dermis, and epidermis.

There May be Better Options

Patients often come into Regen LA dead set on getting an FUE procedure due to beliefs that have been instilled in them by other hair transplant providers and information they find online. FUE clinics that publish or share this information have their own reasons for pushing FUE that are not in the best interest of the patient. Often one of the first steps we take at Regen LA during our free consultation is correctly informing our patients of many truths about FUE that may make it a procedure that is not the right choice for the patient.

We are honest with our patients about FUE for many reasons. The main reason is that we want your hair transplant to be successful. That is our primary concern. Regen LA recommends the procedure you need.

FUE Overharvesting

The explosion in the popularity of FUE has contributed to an increase in overharvesting. Regen LA has seen an increase every month in the number of patients that have suffered negative results from overharvesting and need another procedure done to correct the issue. Scalp Micropigmentation often resolves these issues.

Overharvesting occurs when aggressive FUE procedures are performed either once incorrectly, or multiple times excessively. This can result in visible thin patches of hair in the donor area or worse, such as almost complete donor alopecia. Visible scarring is another potential side effect.

Overharvesting is beneficial only for the doctor performing the surgery and collecting money from the patient. The doctor can sell the patient what appears to be a high-quality hair transplant, but the reality is the doctor is overharvesting the donor site which will ultimately result in a negative outcome and appearance for the patient. Even the hairs transplanted from the donor site are often thin because the graft quality is low. This results in both the donor site and the transplant site not having a good appearance for the patient.

FUE Requires Little Training

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In the case of overly aggressive FUE cases that utilize overharvesting of donor areas, the doctors suggest the insane idea to their patients that more FUE is the answer when often it is not. In any case, a reputable surgeon performing the procedure is a much better option than working with a butcher that is interested only in their bottom line.

You read that correctly. While you do need to generally understand what you’re doing to perform FUE procedures, being a surgeon with years of experience is not required. There are many FUE doctors becoming “trained” in FUE. However, many training programs provide minimal real-world experience.

As robot-performed FUE procedures become in vogue for clinics that simply want to push clients in and out the door, FUE doesn’t even require a human being to be performed. A lot of doctors even stop using the robot midway through due to issues with the technology.

FUE Costs More Than FUT

Because an FUE procedure is more expensive for patients, hair transplant doctors and other providers want to capitalize on them. Some are dishonest and try to sell them a service they don’t need. At Regen LA, we pride ourselves on recommending the procedure which will be the best fit. We’re here to make hair transplants affordable to patients in the LA area.

Choose Regen LA for Your Next Hair Transplant

If you suffer from male pattern baldness, thinning hair, patchy baldness, alopecia, or a receding hairline, the team at Regen LA in Redondo Beach is ready to take your call. At Regen LA, you will learn about the options that we offer and the various methods we use to get your hair back. Additionally, you’ll discover that Regen LA offers the best prices on hair transplants in the Los Angeles area.

Regen LA is number one in hair transplant procedures and hair restoring technology such as Laser Cap Me. For a free consultation regarding your options, contact us today at (310) 281-6160.

We Take Pride in Our Work

If you’re one of the 80 million Americans suffering from hair loss, look no further. The regenerative medical team at Regen LA suggests learning as much as possible about hair restoration. Find out as much as possible prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.

At Regen LA in Redondo Beach, we pride ourselves on helping our patients choose the best procedure for them. Not all doctors are equal and not all are as skilled, focused, or dedicated to performing hair transplant procedures. For your benefit, ask to see “Before & After” photos.

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