As people age, it is natural for the hair to begin to thin. Thinning hair is likely to eventually turn into bald spots on the head. In most cases, this thinning occurs in a distinguishable pattern. As a result, most patients have areas of the head that continue to grow thick, healthy hair. Because of this, it is often possible to treat baldness through a hair transplant procedure. One of the most advanced transplant techniques, follicular unit extraction, allows for the extraction and transplantation of individual hair follicles. This procedure results in small, circular scars that are scattered throughout the donor site. This technique is preferred by many over the strip transplantation procedure, which leaves a long, linear scar. Aside from the more discreet scarring pattern, our Chicago patients can benefit from the very high follicular unit extraction success rates.
How Successful is FUE?
There are many variables that affect the success rates of follicular unit extraction. Two important aspects that will affect the ultimate success of an FUE procedure are the doctor performing the procedure and the characteristics of the patient undergoing treatment. Below are some aspects that make for an ideal follicular unit extraction procedure:
- The hair transplant surgeon: As with any surgical procedure, choosing a surgeon that is educated and experienced is very important in the safety and success of surgery. Our hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Raymond J. Konior, has a very impressive medical background. With extensive education and 25 years of experience as a hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Konior is considered by his patients and peers to be one of the best. Dr. Konior is consistent in producing successful hair transplant results that are of the highest quality.
- The ideal candidate: Follicular unit extraction is not the best option for all patients. In order to get the best results from treatment, Dr. Konior performs this procedure only on those patients who are ideal candidates. Some of the characteristics that make a patient a good candidate for follicular unit extraction are those with minimal scalp laxity, those with a depleted donor site, those looking for a quick recovery, and those who are willing to wear the hair short.
When the right hair transplant surgeon is combined with an ideal candidate for the procedure, the success rate of surgery is very high. Under the right circumstances, the results of follicular unit extraction are just a successful and of a quality level that is equal to that of follicular unit transplant (the strip technique). Because Dr. Konior desires only the best results for his patients, he will not perform follicular unit extraction if he does not believe that the results will be successful.
Follicular unit extraction is just one of the surgical techniques that can successfully treat thinning hair to restore a full head of hair. If you are concerned with hair thinning or pattern baldness, contact us to discuss your treatment options and ask any questions you may have about the treatment procedures. We look forward to hearing from you!