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Surgical Hair Restoration Program

The Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration and Dr. Williams is one of the most experienced hair restoration surgical physicians and facilities performing automated FUE. Our office uses the world's most recognized FUE devices- Cole, NeoGraft, and Safe system. These incredible devices are the product of extensive of research and development providing a minimally invasive procedure and natural aesthetically appealing hairline.

Automated FUE is considered the Cadillac of hair restoration surgery, and NeoGraft advances and refines hair transplantation surgery for patients. These FUE device has been used worldwide. It is estimated that ten of thousands of FUE hair transplants have been performed with excellent results. In 2009, OC Hair Restoration was the first and most recognized dedicated FUE hair restoration facility in the western United States to use NeoGraft as the original hair surgical technique. As FUE emerges as the more desired hair surgical technique by patients, our office has acquired and utilizes other more advance FUE devices designed by Dr. John Cole FUE and Dr. James Harris Safe System.

Almost all patients appreciate the natural aesthetic results with automated FUE. In comparison to the linear strip method, FUE does not require the surgical removal of a section of the scalp potentially resulting in a noticeable linear scar at the back of the scalp. Instead, FUE uses your own natural hair follicles without using a scalpel, sutures or staples. The most desired aspects to automated FUE is the noninvasive nature of the surgery, quicker recovery times, and no linear donor scar at the donor site.

Two Methods Of Harvesting Hair Follicles - FUT vs. FUE

Currently there are two primary surgical techniques or methods used in performing hair transplantation- FUT (STRIP) and FUE. With the FUT technique, a section of scalp is excised with a scalpel. The scalp is brought together with either sutures or staples leaving the possibility of a donor linear scar in the back of the scalp. Next, the hair follicles or hair grafts are inserted into tiny slits placed by the surgeon in the balding recipient area. The follicles with a single hair are placed in the front rows to define and create a natural hairline. The more dense natural occurring folllicular units are placed by hand in areas where hair density is needed the most.

With automated FUE a minimal depth scoring punch device is used to loosen the follicle from the surrounding tissues. The small naturally occurring hair follicle units are then removed directly from the donor area. With the FUE procedure, a 0.8 or 1.0 mm punch minimal depth scoring excision is used in the skin around the upper part of the follicular unit (hair follicles). The hair follicle is then extracted directly from the scalp and manually placed into tiny slits in the balding area similar to the FUT method.

Traditional FUT (STRIP) Method Before & After

Intra operative FUT Incision

Post operative-Donor Linear Scar

FUE Before & After Photos

FUE verses FUT (Strip) Technique

  FUE Technique FUT STRIP Technique
Use of Scalpel, Sutures, or Staples No Yes
Surgical Operating Time-2000 Grafts  10-12 Hours 5-8 hours
Invasiveness of Procedure + +++
Typical Hair Length Preference Short Medium
Short Hair Required Prior to Procedure Yes No
Donor Site Linear Scar No Yes
Maximum Follicles Harvested Per Session 2000 2000-2500
Typical Healing Time of Donor Site 3-4 days 10-14 days
Local Tumescent Anesthesia / Oral Sedation Yes Yes
Postoperative Tight Scalp Sensation No Yes
Risk of Bleeding & Nerve Damage No Low
Donor Hypopigmentation Yes No
Risk of Donor Site infection Very Low Low

Quicker Recovery, More Grafts, and No linear Scars with Automated FUE

Compared to manual FUE, automated FUE devices allow more hair grafts to be harvested in a single surgical session. With the 21st technology devices such as the Cole, NeoGraft, and Safe systems, automating the FUE procedure allows patients to have a greater number of hair follicles transplanted into their scalp in a single surgical session with Dr. Williams at the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration.  Most importantly, as compared to the linear STRIP excision technique, there is no observed linear donor scar when the hair is worn short. It should be noted there is a possibility of small multiple areas of donor area hypopigmentation seen in certain skin and ethnic skin types.   

Magnification view of hypopigmentation from FUE technique

Small round areas of hypopigmentation from FUE observed when hair is cut short

No Surgical Cutting Of Scalp

Automated FUE with the Cole, NeoGraft, or Safe System are the most recently developed FUE hair transplant devices that does not involve excising a large portion of the scalp or linear incision in the scalp. Thus no sutures, staples, or scalpel are required. Postoperative bleeding is not present and almost immediate surgical recovery is realized. Patients are able to resume light physical activity the next day with minimal restrictions. Athletes or physically active patients may resume their normal strenuous workouts in about one week after the procedure.

Up To 2000 Grafts Per Day

Hair restoration surgery with automated FUE removes individual hair follicles from the scalp in their naturally occurring groupings of 1-4 hairs. At OC Hair Restoration we are able to typically harvest or surgically remove and implant 2000 hair follicles in one surgical setting using 0.8 mm or 1.0 mm punches. The typical length of the surgical session varies from patient-to-patient. In some cases because of various patient factors, cases will end as quickly as nine (9) hours, but in some patients a twelve(12) hour session is required.

Quality of grafts at Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration

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