How do I choose a plastic surgeon for hair transplant surgery?
Hair transplant surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards:
● Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
● Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
● Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
● Graduate from an accredited medical school
● Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, each year
● Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
NEOGRAFT VS. STRIP METHOD: WHICH HAIR TRANSPLANT METHOD IS BETTER?
You’ve decided a hair transplant is what you need to feel more confident or to restore what you’ve lost over time. Now that you’ve made your decision, there’s another one on the horizon – choosing the best method for your hair transplant. There are two common methods for hair transplants: the traditional strip harvesting technique and the newer NeoGraft® technique. But how do you choose the best method for your hair? Dr. Tim R. Love recommends the strip transplant method to his patients for many reasons. Here are a few:
Strip method: The traditional strip harvesting technique, known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involves removing the follicular units from the donor area as one group. The strip method allows the follicular units to be extracted intact, in their genetic form. Each follicular unit contains 1 to 4 hairs (the average is 2.2 hairs per follicular unit). The strip method requires expert surgical skill so the patient will achieve the best result while causing the least trauma to the donor site. It also allows healthy hair to harvest faster.
NeoGraft® method: The newer NeoGraft® method automates the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure. The NeoGraft® method takes the hair out from the donor area with a cookie-cutter looking punch knife that has a diameter of approximately 1mm. This tool is inserted around one hair or a group of hairs known as a follicular unit. The tool makes a short, quick, rotational spin on the scalp to extract the hair follicle. This is done blindly, since the surgeon cannot see the root of the hair while inserting the tool into the scalp.