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Last updated: 11/24/2009
A full head of healthy, vibrant hair is the mark of youth and beauty. Unfortunately, many men and women lose their hair prematurely or the quality of their hair changes with age. Several methods have been developed to provide thicker, fuller hair either...
through medicines or surgery. Not all hair loss is the same and the often the best treatment course is dictated by the cause and pattern of hair loss. This guide describes the problems that can occur with scalp hair and various treatment options available to correct them.
This video shows actual footage of a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure. This approach allows doctors to extract intact scalp hairs and roots for hair transplant procedures.
Follicular units are the naturally occurring groups of 1-4 hairs that are present in the human scalp. Each group also contains sebaceous (oil) glands, nerves, a small muscle and occasional fine vellus hairs. The essence of Follicular Unit Transplantation is to use these individual, naturally occurring follicular units exclusively in the hair transplant procedure. This will accomplish a number of objectives critical to the hair restoration process.
In the last few years, an elite group of hair restoration physicians have and continue to revolutionize standard follicular unit transplantation, called "Ultra Refined follicular unit hair transplantation". Trimming smaller "skinny" grafts and making smaller incisions with ultra refined tools allows a hair transplant surgeon to dense pack follicular unit grafts even closer together, almost twice as much as standard follicular unit transplantation. Benefits therefore of ultra refined follicular unit hair transplantation include 1) Dense packing follicular unit grafts closer together when appropriate for the patient 2) larger single hair transplant sessions requiring fewer sessions for the patient 3) mininizing scalp trauma lessening the risk of "shock loss" of existing "native" hair.
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