Hair transplants have come on leaps and bounds since its early days. FUE is becoming a more and more mainstream form of hair transplants. FUE stands for Folicular Unit Extraction.
At the recent ISHRS Convention (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons Convention) it was agreed that the acceptance of FUE is a lot better in the industry now and gradually the amount of surgeons performing FUE has increased worldwide; also there is a bit more predictability with the outcomes in the results.
When I started performing FUE's, one of the things I learnt is that not every client is suitable for FUE. There were days where the process was a cakewalk and there were days where we were literally struggling the whole day. On revisiting these clients along with the results and notes, one thing became conspicuous,which was that not every client is suitable for a FUE transplant and the process of filtration was introduced in the consultation process. What I noticed during the consultation process was that on average no more that 15-20% of clients were suitable for an FUE transplant. Bearing in mind my colleagues will probably agree with this figure, I gather that it probably might be the industry norm in the coming years until something changes in the technique and technology.
What I also understood was there were a few new unexplored concepts with regards to FUE Hair transplant. Now lets start by visiting the donor area. The grafts in the donor area are arranged as follicular units, in groups of 1,2,3,4,5 and up to 8 units per hair per unit. When a surgeon starts off with a journey of FUE, the initial concern is to get a graft, immaterial of the quality of the graft. I realised that with the use of few manoeuvres, the quality of the grafts can be improved. By using a 1mm punch along with the manoeuvres developed by me, we were able to extract grafts containing up to eight hairs. These manoeuvres can also be applied to placement and these were the origins of the third generation of FUE. When I discussed my findings with other senior colleagues in the industry they did acknowledge that the concepts were great but it would mean that the whole process would take a lot longer meaning more surgical time.
Once the client selection process has been improved, man versus supply arises here. The key thing is to counsel the patient, to give them the facts. Let's start by visiting the donor area. Following are a few concepts about the third generation FUE:
Good extraction is the most critical element in defining the outcomes of FUE hair restoration
I have developed a few concepts about making whole process of hair transplant much more predictable and the results a lot more acceptable.
"Please pass my great thanks onto Umah; Marta, Shriva and David for taking such great care of me over the last 2 days. I was made to feel very special and very relaxed - 2 things I did not expect to feel during the procedure. The sense of humour, comradery and above all professionalism of your team shone through throughout the 2 days I had the pleasure of being in your company. If I was constructing a team, I couldn't hope to achieve a better dynamic than the one I saw between you all - I was almost sad to say goodbye! I'll pop in this side of Christmas to let you photograph the maturing results. It was a real pleasure to spend time with you all."Patrick in UK
"I have attached some photos for your perusal and considering we are only 2 weeks post treatment I am delighted with the results. Hardly any hairs have fallen out yet and even if they do assuming the hairline regrows as is I will continue to be absolutely delighted. I will continue to document my recovery and progress and will call next week to arrange a follow up"Liam in UK