At “Holt Hair” we provide free consultations to determine the best treatment plan for each patient and we ensure that every question gets an answer.
Dr. Holt,and his highly experienced staff will consult with each patient step-by-step all the way through the process and beyond.
For those who may be interested in the FUE method, here are some further details about how it differs from the more common strip method:
The FUE procedure involves the removal of individual follicle units one at time. Because there is no donor area incision line, it offers less immediate post-operative discomfort, faster healing with no sutures, and a quicker return to physical activity than what a strip procedure can offer you.
During the FUE procedure, a specialized “hand engine” tool is used with a small punch instrument, to extract individual follicular unit grafts from a patient’s donor areas. Then the grafts are transplanted into the patient’s thin or balding areas in the usual manner.
Typically the patient‘s hair where the grafts are being removed must be cut very short, so that the physician can see the patient’s scalp and place the extraction bit directly over the units of hair to be extracted.
This procedure is time consuming relative to the conventional strip harvesting method. Because of this, FUE procedures have practical limits of 500 to 1000 follicular unit grafts per session, although there is no need for delays between sessions if more than one is required. The extraction method leaves a small (less than 1.1 mm) round punch hole where each graft has been removed. This tiny wound contracts as it heals making the resulting round scar smaller and less noticeable. While it cannot truly be said that FUE is “ scar-less” surgery, it can be said that the healed areas are largely undetectable to the naked eye once the patient’s hair grows out even a short amount. This allows the patient to continue to wear a short haircut style without risk of any visible linear scar. Healing time varies with each patient, but typically it takes 7 to 10 days until evidence of the surgery fades revealing little or no scarring.
Those contemplating an FUE procedure will want to weigh all factors before choosing this method. While the above advantages are available with FUE, conventional strip harvesting still represents the method of choice for the majority of transplant candidates.
New techniques in donor area management and would closure, have greatly reduced the likelihood of a visible linear scar following a strip harvested procedure. Also, the strip harvesting method requires shaving of only the strip to be removed, and the hair just above the suture line has been taped up before trimming, such that it easily falls down to cover the suture line afterwards. Therefore, there is little if any visible evidence of the surgery even immediately afterwards.
In FUE, in all but very small cases, a larger area must be shaved than what can be covered by the hair above the donor areas where the extractions have been made. Therefore, the small wounds would not be concealed, and the shaved area would be exposed immediately afterwards, unless the case size is quite small. However, head coverings such as caps, hats, or bandannas can be used immediately with either method.
In addition, the post-operative discomfort of strip harvesting is short term, and easily managed. Most importantly, strip harvesting offers the efficiency of being able to move much more hair in a single session than FUE. It is also less costly per graft to have a strip harvested procedure.
Keep in mind that the hair transplantation method is the same in both cases in regards to all other aspects of the procedure, such as hairline design, the making of the recipient area slit openings, and graft placement. Both methods are effective, and both have their place in modern day hair transplantation. We can help you determine which method is best suited to your individual needs.
When considering a hair transplant surgery, always study how much it will cost and determine your budget. These procedures such as the FUE are going to be more costly, but some hair restoration companies do take your budget into consideration. They may also persuade you to have a procedure that may not best fit your needs or your budget, or may promote their use of a brand name, high end, extraction apparatus as marketing tools. Do not be dissuaded by “fear mongers” who play upon a person’s natural anxieties about having “surgery” or an unsightly scar. Come and get the real story about hair restoration, and find out what is truly right for you!
You will likely find that our pricing is highly favorable to that which would be quoted at a large national firm due to their higher costs of marketing and their business models. At Holt Hair Restoration you will receive a better “value” for the cost; and/or to be able to do more grafts for the same amount.
Consider also that our lower charges are NOT associated with lesser experience or expertise, but greater experience. Our entire staff “graduated” with years of experience with a national chain hair transplantation firm, and we have the highest professional credentials that can be obtained in the specialty!
Hair transplantation is not one of many different procedures we perform each day…..it’s the only procedure we perform, and that makes us true specialists in hair restoration surgery. We bring all of this to the setting of a private practice, where the traditions of the trusted relationship between the patient and the Doctor and his staff, is highly respected and preserved.
Call today to setup your free consultation with one of the most well-known and distinguished doctors in hair restoration today, Steven Paul Holt, MD.