FUE Transplant Los Angeles
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the method of obtaining hair grafts directly and individually from the patient donor area. This process of collecting hair units was first introduced by Dr. Woods in Australia. It was further standardized by other hair transplant doctors such as Dr. Rassman and Dr. Bernstein in 2002.
In FUE or FIT, we do not remove the strip of skin from the donor area. Patients will not have donor complications seen with the strip technique such as discomfort in donor area after surgery, the need for staple or suture removal and presence of linear scar.
FUE is the procedure of choice for people who want style their hair short in the back. It is also first choice for those who have previous healing problems with any scalp procedure. Not every patient is a good candidate for FUE procedure. We strongly advise testing every patients before planning to do an FUE procedure. This is done by using a FOX test.
What is FOX test?
Using different FUE techniques, we perform a few biopsies under local anesthesia and try to extract few follicular units with special biopsy devices. We examin the harvested grafts microscopically to make sure they are intact before proceding with a larger FUE or FIT session. The text is positive if we can remove intact follicular units without transecting them.
FUE Transplant with SAFE System
At US Hair Restoration, we continuously thrive to improve our techniques of hair restoration and provide better results for our patients. We performed an experiment on different motorized and manual techniques of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) in our Los Angeles hair transplant center in 2010. The result of our study was in favor of SAFE system in comparison to other commercially available techniques for FUE procedure. Since then we have been using SAFE System in most our FUE surgeries.
Powered SAFE System for FUE is a relatively new device for minimally invasive FUE procedures. SAFE system has been proven to have lesser transaction rate (cutting intact hair follicles below the skin level) so a higher yield of hair follicles could be expected from FUE transplants with SAFE method. SAFE hair restoration system uses a blunt rather than sharp punch which is used in most other FUE devices. Not having a sharp punch is an important factor that minimizes the damage to the hair follicles. Thus more intact follicular units are expected to be harvested in every hair transplant.
Advantages of SAFE System
SAFE System has all of the advantages of a regular FUE procedure such as:
Advantages of SAFE System
Disadvantages of SAFE System
SAFE System might be a better solution for many candidates of a hair transplant surgery. However, we all hair loss sufferers to consult with a hair transplant doctor who is skillful in both strip and FUE (with different methods). That way your candidacy for hair transplant could be determined and then your surgeon can discuss with you which procedure is right for you.