Top NJ FUE Myths
Revive Your Hair and Restore a Youthful Look
If you’ve been considering a hair transplant to revive your hair and restore a youthful look, you’ve undoubtedly come across plenty of information online that left you scratching your head. Different medical practices or equipment manufacturers will sometimes present information that is incomplete, misleading or contradictory. Here we present the top NJ FUE myths to offer you a clear picture of the procedure.
Short for follicular unit extraction, FUE has rapidly become the most sought-after hair transplant method in the world. Though it utilizes a technique pioneered in the 1940’s, it was perfected recently to the point that it offers real value for clients and competes with more traditional methods such as strip transplant. Multiple equipment brands have created high-priced FUE devices for use, and they invest considerable funds in marketing themselves as the only reasonable option. It can be helpful to understand what FUE is and what it can actually deliver, regardless of machine used.
Myth #1 – The Younger You Have FUE the Better
Because androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern hair loss, is progressive, younger patients are usually not good transplant candidates. That can be frustrating news to hear, but their pattern of hair loss may be asymmetric, unpredictable and progressive. That means that robust, shed-resistant hairs moved to the top/front of the scalp, will hold steady as hairs around them continue to fall out. A young client could be playing a game of chase the receding hairline with awkward and unrealistic hair transplant results. It’s usually a good idea to wait and see what pattern appears in the middle-aged years. Until then, effective non-surgical options like PRP can help halt hair fallout and restore density.
Myth #2 – FUE Results Are Instant
We are limited by the natural growth cycles of hair, and although the NJ FUE procedure is carried out in one day, the results will take months to grow in. One way to help speed up the process and ensure a high graft take rate is to undergo PRP scalp treatments as well. They provide an extra boost of growth factors to heal the scalp and establish healthy follicles as quickly as possible. It will be roughly 9-12 months before you see new hair that blends with the rest completely.
Myth #3 – Hair Transplants Look Obvious
This could be said of the results achieved decades ago. Unfortunately, a ‘Ken doll’ look was once common as transplanted hair plugs were too large and placed in unrealistic rows in the scalp. As well, the more traditional strip method known as FUT requires excision of scalp from the back of the head, but this is no longer necessary. In NJ, FUE is gaining in popularity because it doesn’t require scalp excision, instead of using a punch tool to extract tiny grafts one at a time. Doctors take grafts from the back or sides of the scalp where hair growth is resistant to shedding. When healed, micro-scars left from these extractions are virtually invisible. When carried out by a skilled, experienced surgeon, your hair transplant results should be so natural-looking that no one knows why you look so great except you.