Grand Rapids Michigan Surgical Hair Restoration

Holt Hair Restoration Center is pleased to offer two advanced outpatient surgical procedures that restore and stimulate the growth of your own hair follicles. These are the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) methods, both of which Doctor Holt performs with the assistance of an ARTAS robot. When performing these procedures manually, Hair Restoration Specialists are limited to extracting between 500 and 1,200 individual hair follicles for transplant per day. With ARTAS, this increases to 900 to 1,200 follicular units per hour. This allows Doctor Holt to complete a large number of FUE or FUT grafts over the course of several hours as opposed to taking several sessions spaced out months apart.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Surgical Hair Restoration

With the help of the ARTAS system and his team of technicians, Steven Holt, M.D. removes hair follicles containing between one and four individual hairs from the back of your scalp. This area typically resists balding better than the top or sides of the head. After removal, Dr. Holt sorts the hair follicles and places them into groups according to where he will place them on the balding area of your scalp. Next, he uses a punch instrument that is approximately one millimeter in diameter to make tiny circles around every follicle to be transferred, eliminating the need for removing strips of skin from the scalp for donor follicles.

Doctor Holt’s goal with FUE is to re-create your normal hairline. This is what allows your new hair to grow in a natural pattern once it starts to grow in. The visible circular scabs from the hair extraction start to heal within a few days and are completely covered by hair eventually. It is normal for the hair that comes in initially to fall out after a couple of weeks. However, you will have noticeable and permanent hair re-regrowth after about three months. You should have a full head of natural hair once you get to the six-month mark and your hair will continue to come in naturally for a lifetime.

FUE is less invasive than other types of hair transplant surgery in addition to causing minimal scarring. You can resume your regular activities right away, even if they include intense workouts. While most people undergo this procedure to replace the hair on their scalp, it is also appropriate to help you re-grow eyebrow and facial hair. The total number of grafts required depends on your degree of baldness and the amount of natural hair that you wish to re-grow.

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) Hair Restoration

Like FUE, Doctor Holt extracts numerous hair follicles from the back of your scalp for transplant to balding areas during FUT. In this method, also known as the “strip method” involves removing a full strip of skin from the scalp from which the donor follicles are removed for transplant. Using microscopic dissection techniques, Doctor Holt cuts the hair follicles he removed into several tiny sections so they are ready for transplant. To prepare the scalp for the transplant, he makes several small incisions in your scalp for graft placement. These are your recipient sites.

The transplanted follicular units behave just like natural hair once placed in their new location. This makes it nearly impossible for others to tell the difference between any remaining natural hair and the transplanted hair. FUT is a huge improvement over hair transplant surgeries in previous generations. Because Hair Restoration Specialists transferred up to 12 individual hairs from a single follicle, it often resulted in a thick and unnatural appearance of the hair. FUT is truly cutting edge, and Doctor Holt feels fortunate to offer it to his patients.

How the FUE and FUT Procedures Differ

With FUT, Doctor Holt has a wider circumference from which to obtain follicular units to transplant to balding areas. This means that he can select higher quality hairs as well as more hair groupings. Another major difference between the two hair restoration surgeries is the manner in which Doctor Holt extracts the hair follicles to be transferred. He uses the strip technique with FUT whereas he removes hair follicles directly from the scalp with the FUE procedure.

The scarring left behind is different as well. FUE leaves minimal scarring in the form of barely visible circular marks where donor follicles were removed, and the FUT method leaves one linear scar hidden neatly under the natural hair growth on the back of the head. The growth of new hair disguises both types of scars quite well. While every patient has unique needs, FUT tends to be most appropriate for men who have lost most of their hair to male pattern baldness. FUE may be the treatment of choice for men who have only moderate balding. Talk to Dr. Holt today to learn more about the differences of FUE and FUT Surgical Hair Restoration procedures and find out which method may be right for you.