Exploring FUE Transplant for Your Hair
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a newer method of creating donor grafts for hair transplantation using robotic technology such as ARTAS. It has gained popularity over the last few years because it results in no linear scar on the back of the head. Instead of cutting out a strip of skin from the donor area as in FUT hair transplant, FUE involves removing each graft individually from the donor area using a tiny punch that measures only 1 millimeter in diameter. This used to be done by hand or more recently with a power drill operated by the doctor. Dr. Miguel Canales is noted as one of the pioneers in robotic hair transplant using the ARTAS robotic hair transplantation system.
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If you move forward with a FUE transplant, your day begins with a complete review of your medical history. This will occur in our Foster City hair loss clinic, which is convenient to San Francisco, Oakland, the Silicon Valley peninsula, and San Jose patients. Indeed, more and more patients are making the trip “up” from South Bay cities such as Mountain View, Sunnyvale, or Cupertino for not just an initial consultation on hair transplantation but the entire procedure. The surgeon then reviews the treatment plan, ensuring that your aesthetic concerns and expectations are established and met. The surgeon then explains the entire procedure to you, paying the greatest attention to the benefits and risks of surgery. These operations are very safe, and it is our job to make sure that you completely understand details of your personalized treatment and have an opportunity to ask questions.
The latest advance is the ARTAS Hair Transplantation Procedure, often referred to as ‘Follicular Unit Extraction‘ or FUE Hair transplant. This robotic system digitally scans the donor area on the back and sides of the patient’s head, then selects the best follicular units, and robotically removes each follicular unit making sure to space out the selected units so that the hair density left in place appears normal and natural. The ARTAS Robot is controlled and operated by Dr. Canales, making sure that the number, character, and density of the grafts is optimized.
If you are looking for a FUE hair transplant specialist in the Bay Area, reach out to us, today, for a free consultation. With a convenient Foster City, California, location, you can reach us easily from San Mateo, San Francisco, Palo Alto and other Bay Area cities for your hair transplant needs. Whether you’re coming from the South Bay, the East Bay or anywhere in the Bay Area – we’re convenient!
Questions and Answers on FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
Q. What does FUE stand for?
A. It stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and is one of the first steps in hair transplantation. Single hairs are carefully removed from the scalp and prepped by Dr. Canales. Later, each strand is re-inserted in the space where our patients expect to thicken and regrow hair. FUE can be contrasted with FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation); but the best process is to reach out for a free hair loss consultation.
Q. How long does FUE surgery last?
A. The time for Follicular Unit Extraction surgery depends on a patient’s personal hair loss circumstances. Surgery time can take up to three hours. We may break out FUE sessions into several days, but the process is typically completed in one visit. If you want to schedule follicular unit extraction surgery at our Foster City, California, clinic, consider putting aside a few hours afterward to help with recovery.
Q. Is FUE surgery painful?
A. Our goal for every surgery is to deliver a painless experience for our patients. Normally the pain of FUE surgery is minimal. Pain management is handled with a local anesthetic, so FUE surgery is easy and comfortable. The robotic FUE surgery process allows for minimal recovery time too.
Q. Is FUE noticeable?
A. In the “old days” of hair transplantation, surgeons would remove an entire strip of donor hair at the back of the head. The patient would have to wear their hair long to cover the evidence of a scar. Today hair transplant surgery may be completely unnoticeable to the human eye. The precise and careful FUE process is handled by the ARTAS robot and managed by Dr. Canales. The Robot is designed to choose the best hair follicles from all over the head. Results mean no need to “hide” the scarring from the back of the head. With a convenient hair loss clinic in Foster City, we’re convenient not just to San Mateo but to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and even Pleasanton and other East Bay communities.