Follicular Hair Extraction or FUE hair transplant is a procedure that involves transferring hair follicles from a donor site (usually the back of your head) to the recipient site, which is usually the balding parts of your head.

It is a method of hair restoration which is growing more and more popular in today’s society. This video explains in brief, what the procedure entails.

FUE hair transplant gives people renewed hope of having hair when it seemed that baldness was the only option. There are two main types of this surgery, FUE automated hair transplant with tools such as Omnigraft™ and also FUE performed manually with tools such as tweezers.

FUE Hair Transplant With Omnigraft™

This is the automated method of hair restoration. It utilizes robotic micro-instruments to remove the follicular units from the back and sides of your head.

Surgeons do not have to use their own manual labour as much to extract the hair units but rather will just push a button depending on the type of follicular unit extraction equipment they are using.

There are numerous advantages that come with this automated system and the following is a summarized highlight:

– This procedure is less invasive compared to methods such as FUT (strip method).

– The time the procedure takes will be greatly reduced when using automated FUE.

– There are no visible scars that are left because the invasiveness is minimal, most agree that due to the “invisible healing” which takes place, it is considered non-invasive.

– Most people report feeling minimal to no pain during the procedure.

– It is possible for each patient to choose the number of hair follicles transplanted, hence providing a customized experience tailored to your preference.

– There is no need for general anesthesia because little to no pain experienced during the procedure.

– This method is ideal for both male and female hair loss patients.

– The hair transplanted is permanent and will continue to grow normally throughout your life.

What makes the Omnigraft™ desirable is the fact that the foundation of its technology is S.A.F.E.R. (Suction Assisted Follicular Extraction and Reimplantation). This technology greatly enhances the efficiency of hair transplantation, which in turn reduces surgeon-fatigue and improves the “after” result.

Manual FUE Hair Loss Surgery

This basically involves the use of manual tools to achieve hair transplantation. The manual tools are the original equipment that were used in this procedure before there was automation. The main manual FUE tool is a handheld punch made of metal with a handle on one side and a hollow cylinder on the other end. A tweezer is occasionally used in old generation clinics to remove donor hair follicles.

The medical practitioner will use this tool to manually extract follicular units from the donor area.

On the downside, the manual system will cause a lot of fatigue to the surgeon and this will further increase potential for human error. In addition, the number of units per hour will be reduced compared to the automated system.

It is worth noting that the Omnigraft technique will record much better results. This is because there is better precision in extraction of the follicular units and while implanting them into the patient.

The implanted hair will not fall off because the follicles used are from the back of the head of the donor area. It is a fact that balding happens on the front and top of the head meaning that follicles found at the back and sides of the head are genetically stronger and will not fall out.

FUE hair transplant is a very safe procedure and it is considered a relatively minor surgery. In addition, it only takes a few hours to complete and people have nothing to worry about when they are undergoing the procedure.

Apart from some mild discomfort, people should not expect any pain and this is often surprising. After the hair transplant, people can go back to work the following day or the day after.

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