Hair Transplant Procedures
Dr. Lindsey of Lindsey Medical uses only the most state of the art hair transplant procedures, such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) also known as ‘strip’ is a procedure where hair is transplanted from the permanent zone, the area in the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding, to the bald or balding areas of the scalp.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) also known as ‘strip’ is a procedure where hair is transplanted from the permanent zone, the area in the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding, to the bald or balding areas of the scalp. This is accomplished using naturally-occurring groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs, called follicular units. After the patient’s scalp is anesthetized, the doctor removes a strip of tissue from the donor area, an area within the permanent zone, and, once extracted, the donor strip is cut into many individual follicular units using microscopic dissection techniques. As these follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the doctor makes tiny holes in the scalp, called recipient sites, where the grafts are placed.
The final aesthetic result will be determined by the strategic placement of these grafts, this is a highly skilled task that can only be achieved from experienced transplant surgeons who not only have the skill to complete the process but who also have the aesthetic artistry to get a truly pleasing natural result. This is really where selecting a transplant surgeon comes down to the small details as it is the actual final result that is what you are looking for that counts. Dr Lindsey has an incredible skill level in both transplantation and artistry to get the best possible result for that individual.
Dissection of follicular units
Once the donor area strip has been harvested the strip is then taken to a specilaized team of staff who begin dissecting the strip into their individual units of 1,23, and 4 hair units. These are done under very high powered microscopes within the facility
“Trichophytic” donor closure technique (“tricho”) provides improved camouflage of a linear donor scar in Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Normally, in FUT, the surrounding hair easily covers the scar. For some patients with very short hairstyles, the resulting donor scar may be visible. With the trichophytic closure technique one of the wound edges is effectively trimmed to create a slight bevelled edge this allows the edges to overlap each other and the hair to grow directly through the donor scar. This can significantly improve the appearance of the donor area in patients who wear their hair very short.
The trichophytic donor closure can be used on patients who have had previous hair transplant procedures and are looking for improvement in the camouflage of their donor scar. It is also used in patients in their first hair restoration procedure. It is particularly useful in repair or corrective work.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Dr. Lindsey has been on the very leading edge of this procedure and has been performing FUE since it’s introduction into North America in 2002. He has invented and patented new tools specifically for FUE and his techniques and protocols have been written about in the leading text on surgical hair restoration. All of that was the upside of FUE, the downside is that this new procedure is much more labor intensive and time consuming; meaning it costs more to perform and far fewer grafts can be obtained in a single session when compared to traditional strip harvesting. Another downside is that not all patients are candidates for the procedure. Most are, but some are not. You will need to speak with Dr. Lindsey to learn more about your potential as an FUE candidate.Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, has established itself as the next step in the evolution of the modern hair transplant industry. We at Lindsey Medical have been practicing and studying this method in detail since 2002 and have determined that FUE is, in fact, a viable adjunct or even alternative to standard strip surgery in certain patients.Rather than removing a strip from the donor area to obtain hair grafts, very fine holes are made in the back and side of the scalp that don’t exceed .9mm in diameter. While this method will produce far more scarring than the standard strip technique, this additional scarring is far LESS VISIBLE and is therefore more attractive to many patients who chose to buzz cut their hair very short.
FUE can be used solely as a means to recreate hairlines and cover bald skin, or it can be used in conjunction with the standard strip procedure to increase the number of grafts obtainable during a single surgery without increasing the size of the strip scar. FUE may also be used as a means to repair scarring from older obsolete hair transplant surgeries.