What is an Advanced FUE® Hair Transplant?
Advanced FUE® is a FUE Hair Transplant process developed by Advanced Hair Restoration over the course of transplanting 2 million FUE grafts. This process involves techniques and protocols of handling grafts, graft hydration requirements, placing strategy, and implementation of the latest FUE technology. Using this technique we have maximized graft survivability (matching that of FUT Linear grafts), reduced the duration of procedures (improving patient comfort and reducing time grafts are out of the body), and have increased the number of viable FUE grafts that can be harvested while still staying in the safe zone. Our industry-leading experience and these techniques allow us to surpass industry expectations and hypotheses of older studies.
Choosing a hair transplant procedure is a decision that must be made with care, as the outcome will last your lifetime. For this reason it is imperative to choose a leading clinic. The Advanced FUE® process is proven, with millions of grafts transplanted using this technique. Patients with light hair, curly hair, thin hair, and with previous FUT(s) are sometimes considered challenging for FUE - Yet these are usually great candidates for the Advanced FUE® process.
The Advanced FUE® technique uses the latest innovation in automated FUE. This technology is instrumental in achieving the high quality, rate, and survivability of FUE grafts.
The device works by carefully extracting individual follicles one by one and does not cause a linear ear-to-ear scar that is seen with linear strip procedures.
Advanced FUE® Benefits & Clinical Experience
Highest Expected Graft Survival Rate
Effective on the Most Diverse Set of Hair and Skin Types
No-Shave Option Available
Fastest Harvest Rate of any Technology Tested
Lowest Transection Rate of any Technology Tested
Mega-Sessions (2500+) are Possible in One Procedure Instead of Two or Three
How does Advanced FUE® compare to Robotic FUE
We performed multiple side-by-side studies of the robotic device alongside our device (including 50-50 splits on the same patient) over the course of over a year. We observed that the Advanced FUE® technique consistently yielded better-than-or-equal-to results, yet caused less patient discomfort (as indicated by patients who had both), fewer transections, less donor trauma, and substantially shorter overall procedure times. Several robotic FUE cases had to be aborted mid-procedure do to limitations and requirements of the machine that were not practical or possible for the specific patient and circumstance. We have never had to abort an Advanced FUE® procedure due to such circumstances.
We found robotic FUE to have numerous requirements on the type of hair and skin a patient needs to have to be considered a good candidate. Curly hair or skin that does not have good contrast with the hair were not ideal candidates. Patients with previous procedures (FUE or Linear) or with pre-existing scars or marks also were substantially limited in the number of grafts that could be harvested. Similarly, we found robotic FUE had difficulty with maintaining a consistent harvesting density, especially as the device went away from the easiest zones and struggled with changing angles of the hair and scalp. This could lead to zones being noticeably more harvested than others, even post-operatively. Our technique is much more flexible in these regards, as the human mind and eye are able to adapt to variations and new situations far better than preprogrammed software.
The FUE Procedure
With Follicular Unit Extraction (commonly know as the FUE method), hair follicles are removed one by one from the donor and placed in the recipient area (top of scalp, hairline, crown).
Follicles taken from the donor area (back of the scalp) are genetically immune to the effects of DHT (dihydrotestosterone, the hormone linked to hair loss) and retain this genetic attribute even after being transplanted to the recipient areas.
After FUE procedure. No linear scar.
After Traditional FUT procedure. Visible scar.
When the follicles are removed from the donor, they are typically excised using a 1mm punch. That is a very tiny punch, which precisely fits over the graft containing follicle. Because the "holes" created are so small and the scalp is vascular and heals quickly, there is virtually no sign that a procedure was even performed 7-10 days after the procedure. The donor area of the scalp has very high density, therefore, it is possible for us to take individual grafts every couple millimeters without it being noticeable.
The grafts are then individually processed and counted. A physician will work with you to discuss your desired hairline, density, and objectives. Then the physician will make very small sites in the recipient area and create the desired pattern as discussed. Once that is finalized, the grafts are manually placed into the recipient sites using fine,precise forceps.
There is no scalpel, sutures, or staples with the FUE technology. This new method allows for a virtually pain free experience and a permanent hair transplant without a permanent scar.
As with any hair transplant, the results of a FUE procedure are permanent. Compared to a traditional FUT (Strip) hair transplant, the FUE approach is considered safer, less invasive, and has a faster and easier healing process. Most patients experience very little discomfort during the procedure as it is done under local anesthesia and the patient can remain awake or sleep throughout the procedure.
Some institutions use the pressurized placing tool when placing the grafts in the recipient area. We consider this a very risky strategy since there is little control over the grafts, so instead we manually place the grafts back, just like in traditional hair transplants.
Benefits of FUE
No linear scar, no scalpel, no stitches
The best choice when a short hair style is desired
Faster recovery time compared to other methods
Least painful procedure
Fewer complications than the"Strip" method
Shortest recovery and post-operative healing time
No surgical removal of a strip of scalp
Can yield high graft counts, even on tight scalps
Minimal risk of damage to vessels, bleeding, and pain from damaged nerves
Can perform large procedures in one session
No Shave FUE
The No Shave FUE procedure is an extension of our Advanced FUE technique. In a typical FUE procedure it is necessary to buzz or shave a portion of the donor area (back of the head) where the grafts will be harvested from. The hair then grows back in the following weeks as in a typical hair cut. However, for some people this could pose an inconvenience or reveal that they had a hair transplant. Using the No Shave FUE Process, it is possible to harvest hair from the donor area without having the shave or cut the existing hair. Patients are able to leave the procedure with a greater amount of confidentiality and resume normal activities even faster. Feel free to ask our consultants if this option is good for you.