Hair loss is a common problem that affects many people, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is the latest hair transplant procedure to offer a practical and natural-looking way to restore some of your hair loss. Dr. Rodman offers this state-of-the-art procedure at Face Forward in Houston, Texas. You can trust Dr. Rodman’s expertise and hair transplant specialists to give you impeccable results in restoring areas of your hair.
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FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. The FUE procedure is designed to provide the most natural-looking results possible by transplanting individual hair follicles, one by one, from one area of the scalp to another.
Moving individual hairs instead of a patch of follicles has two benefits. First, the area where individual hairs are harvested (called the donor area) does not have a large scar. Each hair extracted leaves a very tiny hole, which closes on its own in two to three days. No stitches, no scars. Second, the area where the hairs are placed will look very natural. We can craft a natural distribution of hair in areas of hair loss by inserting them one by one. This is the way hairs naturally grow. This procedure generally only requires 3-4 days of downtime and provides lasting results.
FUE hair transplant at Face Forward
The results of your transplant procedure can depend greatly on the expertise of your surgeon. Dr. Regina Rodman is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a depth of experience planning and performing cosmetic procedures to help patients feel more attractive, confident, and empowered. She is an expert in hairlines and has years of experience performing hair transplants. She will work closely with you to determine if you are a candidate for a FUE hair transplant and plan a procedure that meets your needs and restores your confidence.
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Some people begin losing their hair in their twenties, while others experience hair loss later in life. For those wishing to regrow hair, there are countless hair restoration options to choose from. Hair transplant surgery provides the most reliable and permanent results, with the FUE procedure representing the gold standard of hair restoration. FUE is an excellent option for individuals experiencing baldness or thinness in one area but with healthy hair on another part of the scalp. Patients commonly lose hair on the top of the head, temples, or front of the hairline but still have full thick hair at the back of the head.
This hair at the back of the head can be used for transplants. It is harvested one by one and then placed in the area at the front, top, or temples that need more hair. Some patients opt for a hair transplant to change the shape of the hairline. This is often done with Facial Feminization Surgery to help feminize the upper third of the face. Men tend to have an M-shaped hairline with temporal recessions and a peak in the center. Women’s hairlines tend to be round. Patients who undergo FFS often opt for a hair transplant to help round the hairline, fill in the temple recession, lower the hairline, or all of the above.
An FUE hair transplant can create a more feminine hairline that appears natural without leaving a large scar on the back of the head. The FUE transplant can be done in addition to, or instead of, a hairline advancement. Many patients get a hairline advancement during their brow bossing reduction during FFS. However, there is a limit to what hairline advancement can do. The mobility of the scalp limits hairline advancement. If the scalp is very tight, it may not advance as much as the patient would like. Dr. Rodman is cautious only to advance the hairline as much as the scalp allows, allowing the scar to heal as well as possible.
Some patients will wish for a lower hairline and plan for a hair transplant to further lower the hairline. The second limitation of hairline advancement is that it does not change the shape of the hairline. For patients with deep temporal recessions, an FUE transplant may be needed to fill in the temples and round the hairline. In both cases, we recommend waiting six months after the surgery for a hair transplant. Waiting for the incision to heal ensures that good blood flow has returned to the area, and the hair transplants are most likely to take and heal properly. Other patients who wish to avoid a visible scar after FFS may opt to do brow bossing through a coronal incision and then get hair transplants to lower the hairline.
In this case, the transplant can be done close to the time of the FFS surgery, usually in the same week. Because the transplant is done in the office, takes most of the day, and requires the patient to lie on their belly, it is not done during Facial Feminization Surgery. However, it can be done only a few days afterward so the patient will still have only one recovery period and one need for time off. You deserve to feel confident in your appearance. If a fuller and restored hairline a reshaped hairline can help you do that, we can assist you in achieving those results. Dr. Rodman and the Face Forward Houston staff do everything possible to make your surgical experience smooth and positive. Schedule your consultation to meet Dr. Rodman and ask any questions you have about the FUE hair transplant and your candidacy for this procedure. Dr. Rodman will assess your medical history and examine your scalp to make the best recommendations for your situation.
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The transplant area will be shaved to provide access to the follicles. The area to be shaved is well hidden and has normal hair areas around it on all sides. It is not visible, even when wearing hair in a ponytail. A local anesthetic is administered to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. Follicles are then collected from an area of the scalp with abundant hair growth using a micro punch tool.
Tiny incisions are made in the target area for the transplant, and the follicles are transferred into them. Some soreness is normal after the procedure but should diminish within a few days to a week. In the donor area, only every third or fourth hair is harvested. This means that the shaved hairs in the area the donor area will grow back. When the hair grows back, it will not look thinner, and it will be hard to see any trace of the transplant procedure.
Gradual Gains. Maximum Outcome.
For your transplants to integrate into the newly transplanted area, it is important that you follow all aftercare instructions carefully, including guidelines for how long you need to wait to wet, wash, or comb your hair. You should see hair growth in approximately three to four months. In a successful procedure, a very high percentage of follicles will grow. Results are long-lasting and permanent.
Following all aftercare instructions carefully will help the transplanted follicles become established and grow healthy hair. Once the post-procedure period is over, the hair will grow normally, the same as other hairs on your head. Dr. Rodman will give you information on taking care of your hair and scalp to encourage optimal and long-lasting results.
Risks of this and any surgery include infection, swelling, and bleeding. There is also a risk of follicles not integrating into the transplant site.
Your cost will be determined based on the number of hairs that need to be transplanted. Dr. Rodman and her staff will evaluate the area that you wish to transplant and can provide you with a cost estimate at your consultation. Your hair transplant should start around $125 per month.* *with 36 month approved financing by Patient Fi
Insurance usually does not cover hair restoration surgery because it is considered cosmetic. Some insurance will cover hair transplants for the diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria F64.0 To find out if your insurance covers this procedure, you should call your insurance provider to clarify your benefits.
FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplant. In this procedure, the difference is that the hairs are taken from the donor area in one large strip. A large strip of hair is harvested, and the hairs are cut into individual follicles from the strip and then transplanted one by one. This procedure has two downsides. First, it leaves a large scar on the back of the head. Patients who like to wear their hair short in the back avoid this procedure, as the scar is nearly always visible in the hair. A larger incision also means stitches, more pain, and more downtime. Second, cutting the hairs from the strip has a higher chance of damaging the follicle. Damaged follicles are less likely to heal and form new hair once transplanted. In the FUE transplant, the hair follicle is extracted and transplanted one by one. This means there is no large scar and no stitches. Second, because each follicle is harvested one by one with a small cuff of surrounding tissue, the follicle is more likely to be preserved, healed, and grow after transplant.
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The Face Forward process starts with a consultation. You will meet with Dr. Rodman (either in the office or via video call) to discuss the result or look you want to achieve. Dr. Rodman will review and educate you about your options and schedule you for the procedure of your choice. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as necessary. Achieve your look and enjoy the new you! Schedule your consultation for plastic surgery in Houston at Face Forward today.
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