Troy Michigan Surgical Hair Restoration
Chambers Hair Institute in Troy Michigan is pleased to offer a variety of surgical hair restoration procedures for those with moderate to severe balding. Our two most common surgeries are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages, which Doctor Salvatore Cavaliere will discuss at length during your free consultation session.
Understanding FUE and FUT
With FUE, Doctor Cavaliere uses a one-millimeter punch to extract hair follicles from a donor area. The punch creates numerous tiny circles on the scalp as it retrieves follicles containing between one and four hairs each. While many view FUE and FUT as separate procedures, FUE is actually a variation of FUT. The major difference between them is that your Troy Michigan Hair Transplant Doctor extracts donor hair directly from the scalp with FUE and from a strip of skin with FUT. Both procedures ultimately result in transferring scalp hair from an area that is more resistant to balding to areas where hair is completely absent.
Scarring is a second thing to consider with each of these procedures. FUE leaves several one-millimeter circular scars whereas FUT leaves one longer linear scar. Fortunately, hair re-growth and our dove tail closure for surgical hair restoration makes either type of scar nearly indistinguishable.
FUE Hair Restoration Explained
- Doctor Cavaliere uses a sharp punch to score the epidermis, which means that he cuts only the upper part of the skin on your scalp.
- Secondly, he uses a dull punch to separate follicular unit grafts for transfer from the deeper dermis that surrounds it.
- Using fine forceps, Doctor Cavaliere removes follicular grafts from the scalp. He is now ready to transfer to the recipient areas.
The FUT technique involves removing a single donor strip and then extracting individual hair follicles that contain up to four separate strands. Compared to FUE, Salvatore Cavaliere, D.O., can transplant the extracted follicles into much smaller recipient sites. The sites heal within a few days and the process does not leave any lasting marks. This procedure is an enormous improvement over its predecessor, which was called mini-micrografting. As an early hair restoration surgery, mini-micrografting often created an unnatural and bulky appearance because it involved transplanting follicles with up to 12 hairs each.
ACell for Hair Cloning
ACell, Inc., is a company that developed an extracellular matrix that promotes natural regeneration in the body, including the hair follicles. In this surgical procedure, Doctor Cavaliere implants the matrix at the site of hair loss. The body then forms new tissue instead of scar tissue in a process known as auto-cloning. It is then able to grow its own natural hair once again. We don’t yet use this procedure widely at Chambers Hair Institute. However, Doctor Cavaliere is presently studying ACell to promote multiplication of new hair follicles as well as to aid in the healing of wounds after FUT.
Eyebrow Transplants Are Another Possibility
Factors such as plucking, tweezing, facial trauma, and certain medical conditions are the most common causes of thinning or missing eyebrows. Normal aging can thin the eyebrows as well. If you’re not satisfied with the appearance of your eyebrows, consider an eyebrow transplant at Chambers Hair Institute. For this procedure, Doctor Cavaliere transfers fine, thin hair from another area of the body to the eyebrows. The type of hair required for transplant is located in different areas in men and women.
You Have Unique Hair Restoration Needs
FUE and FUT both re-create your hairline and allow you to grow new hair that is the same color and density of your existing hair, typically within three to six months. However, it’s important to consider how well you can tolerate the type of follicle extraction used for each procedure. Doctor Cavaliere works closely with you to determine any issues in advance so he can recommend the right hair restoration surgical procedure. It’s your job to know how you want your hair to look after surgery and our job to help you achieve your desired appearance. Please contact us today to learn more about these procedures as well as possible non-surgical options.