Traditionally the main type of treatment for hair loss was the Strip Method. Dr. Reddy has spent years perfecting an advanced method of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), for better results and less downtime. The Advanced Technique is a great leap in advancement compared with other traditional techniques.
The Strip Harvesting technique involves removing the follicular units to be transplanted as one group. These follicular units are dissected under microscopes and then placed in to the bald or thinning areas of the scalp, called the recipient area. With this technique a long band of skin (typically 28cm x 3cm) is removed from the back of the head using scalpels. Each follicular unit contains one to four hairs, the average being 2.2 hairs per follicular unit.
These follicular units are then dissected with great care under microscopes equipped with fibre optics to avoid the application of heat to the follicles. These follicular units are preserved in a special solution at the right temperature until the doctor prepares the recipient sites on the patient. They are then placed with great care in to the bald or thinning areas of the scalp, called the recipient area.
A lengthy healing time is required and scarring is certain. Strip surgery can result in long linear six inch scars, and can also cause nerve damage and numbness of the scalp.
On the other hand with the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a specialised punch with less than 1mm diameter is used to extract the hair from the scalp individually. This means that the follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp rather than in larger groups, which obviates the utilization of scalpel and stitching and doesn’t create any linear incisions or linear scarring.
The technique is minimally invasive which means no scalpels or stitching.
The graft extraction is simple, relatively painless and heals within 2-4 days. Most patients head back to work the day following the procedure and can go back to sport 7 days post operatively. For the Strip method, the post operative recovery time is 30 days, during which time the patient must completely avoid exercise and must follow a very careful post operative care program.
An unfortunate aspect of the strip extraction method is that it is possible to damage up to 30% of the donor strip follicles during the extraction procedure, due to the scalpel transecting a large number of follicles. With the third generation FUE, not even one follicular unit is damaged during extraction.
With the Strip method, the total number of grafts are dependent upon the strip removed by the surgeon and cannot be known exactly during the strip removal (too few or too many grafts could be removed). With FUE the doctor can decide the exact number of grafts to remove, as he removes them one by one
The Strip Extraction leaves a scar in the donor area, no matter how good the doctor/surgeon is. With FUE there is no linear scarring at all which is particularly important for patients who wish to shave their heads or wear their hair short.
Strip extraction is not advisable for small sessions, unlike the FUE technique which is ideal for small sessions (for moustache or eyebrow replacement) and for patients in initial stages.
Just thought I would give a breif summary of my recent FUE with Dr Raghu Reddy and his excellent team at the Private Clinic, London. Over the course of two days I had ~2000 grafts implanted by Dr Reddy's 3G FUE technique. I chose Dr Reddy based on his comparative amazing yields and results with relatively few grafts compared to the commonly discussed other 'top FUE surgeons". First off his team are all pro's and have been working together for years to refine this minimally invasive FUE technique. They were personably, relaxed, funny, and above all caring, profession, and meticulous. I always read that people get experience pain, discomfort, and swelling during and post op. I have to say that with Dr Reddy's technique I have experienced zero pain or swelling both during and post op. The operation finished yesterday and I feel absolutely normal. Not a spot of swelling or even a head ache. It's obvious after doing research on the FUE procedures conducted by the regarded 'best FUE doctors', that Dr Reddy's 3G FUE stands out as being both innovative and geared towards optimal results. He uses specialized techniques to create an extremely non invasive yet high yielding technique, which I am sure he would be more than willing to discuss with anyone interested. In regards to my case, I apparently had really strong, healthy, and "big" grafts (so lots with 3 and 4 hairs). We chose a hairline hat reflects my age (31) and the fact that I have never had sharp temple points. Plus I was strongly advised against having points worked on as many cases are seen where transplanting to this region looks very odd in years to come where further recession occurs. Plus I have a big head so had lots of baldy to cover I am very happy with my results thus far and I am predicted to have a great result due to graft condition and density. One thing worth mentioning is that is became obvious that Dr Reddy's skills are not only recognized by international patients (there was talk of people coming in from all over the world during my visit), but also he is held in high esteem by the other 'best' FUE surgeons discussed on this site, and from what I gathered some of these surgeons .Hairloss Patient in UK
"I'm sure it stil continues to get thicker.. Can't thank you enough totally changed my life!! I am grateful to you each time I look in the mirror... Also what you did in the crown has worked, I don't worry about that anymore, stil take the propecia each day. Every blog I read about not seeing results for 6 months etc none of that was true, I maybe was lucky I don't think I really shed any of the hairs but I have noticed the last couple of months it's got thicker!! All this after 8 months!!!!!"Hairloss Patient in UK