Modern hair transplantation is truly a state-of-the-art procedure that has evolved dramatically when compared to the procedures of yesteryear. With the development and continual refinement of Follicular Unit Transplantation, or FUT, modern well-trained hair restoration surgeons are able to recreate a completely natural appearance to suitable candidates with hair loss. Gone are the days of “plugs”, “baby doll hair” and the unnatural look that these procedures produced.
As with previous procedures, FUT relies most commonly on extracting hair from the donor region on the back and sides of the scalp. If you recall the pattern of even the most “bald” of men, these areas almost invariably retain hair. This is at least partly due to a genetic difference in how the hair follicle from this location responds to the hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This hair, when transplanted to balding areas, retains its resistance to DHT and continues to grow for the remainder of the patient’s lifetime.
In the FUT procedure, a strip of hair is surgically excised from the donor region following local injection of anesthetic. The size of this strip is determined by the estimated amount of follicles needed for the procedure, the scalp laxity and the donor density. In preparation for donor excision, the traditional method used by nearly all hair restoration surgeons worldwide is to shave the donor area hair to approximately 2-3 mm in length. Dr. Williams is one of only a handful of hair restoration surgeons in the world to perform long-hair transplantation in which the hair is not shaven prior to excising the strip. The major advantage to this technique is the gratification of seeing the results immediately following the procedure. Other advantages include postoperative camouflaging of the recipient site and improved density confirmation. After excision the strip is placed in a special graft holding solution, slivered and then further divided into follicular units in preparation for implantation at the recipient site. A follicular unit is a natural grouping of hair follicles of either 1, 2, 3 or 4 hairs. The donor excision site is then closed with sutures. Just prior to implanting the grafts in the recipient area Dr. Williams utilizes cutting-edge technology by using Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) separated from the blood drawn at the beginning of the procedure and re-injected in the recipient area. PRP is a veritable powerhouse of growth factors that bathe the transplanted follicles giving them the best possible environment for growth. Dr. Williams then uses state-of-the-art Lion Implanters to implant the long hair grafts into the recipient sites utilizing different sizes depending on the size of the follicular unit being implanted. Significant advantages to using implanters include reduced trauma to the hair follicle during handling leading to increased graft survival, less bleeding at the recipient sites and faster implantation. The entire procedure typically takes 6-10 hours with minimal post-procedure downtime.
Dr. Williams and his phenomenal team perform this entire procedure in the comfort of the Austin office of Tru-Skin Dermatology under light sedation and local anesthetic.
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