Types of Skills Needed by An FUE Hair Restoration Doctor

Many people imagine Follicular Unit Extraction to be a very technical form of surgery.  And indeed, this is true. However, it also requires a good eye for aesthetics and the visionary ability of an artist. This vision is what directs the overall strategy and technical aspects of the procedure.

Beyond just taking hair from one area and inserting it into another, there are other considerations that are not very obvious. These include:

  • angle 
  • direction
  • orientation

As an example, these details in the crown are what causes hair to grow in a circle, known as a whorl.

A good doctor should also be able to craft excellent hairline and temple points for particular patients as well.  Everyone’s face is different. Certain shapes and proportions are more ideally suited for some people compared to others.

Hair Graft Volume

There are many instances where the most ideal looking outcome requires a high number of donor follicles.  In other words, coverage is a priority. These patients would require a surgeon who knows how to make this a reality.

And in fact, this type of outcome is quite feasible through the use of body hairs. This patient needed 14,000 grafts to cover the results of a poorly executed strip surgery. Body hair was used to create this donor pool. Here are his results:


hair transplant repair with FUE to correct poor strip surgery results

When trying to find the best doctor in the world for an FUE hair restoration, it is important to get a sense of whether or not a physician can work with all the unique nuances of individual patients, or treats each case in a rote cookie cutter fashion.

Taking the time to find the right surgeon can prevent the need for correctional repair at a later point in time.

Here Are Some Key Factors To Keep In Mind When Selecting A Surgeon:

  • The amount of time the surgeon spends explaining options to you
  • The thoroughness of his or her answers to your questions
  • The “plan” they map out for creating the most desired results

A hair transplant surgeon who listens to the patient’s requests, while offering their knowledge to decide on what is feasible for their condition is a good sign that the surgeon will perform as planned.

Before and after photos is also a great resource to use when deciding on the surgeon. It is recommended to view at least ten sets, and make sure they are recent.

Hair transplantation offers a variety of options, from lowering and creating an entirely new hairline, to providing density to eyebrows and eyelashes. The options are there, but not all hair transplant surgeons are capable of performing various methods of hair transplantation.

Body hair transplantation, as mentioned above is an extremely advanced technique where body hair follicles are harvested from regions of the body, including:

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Face (beard region)
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Torso
  • Nape

This technique proffers excellent results along with global coverage and density. Density is important to discuss with the surgeon prior to surgery to make sure you are on the same page in terms of how full you want your hair. Long-term objectives may include greater density, however that may consist of the transplant being split into phases.




Posted on: July 21, 2013, by :