Transcript of Dr. Ratushny: Hi, I’m doctor Ratushny, and I treat patients at MassDerm Hair Transplant Institute in Beverly, Massachusetts.
I’ll talk about the FUE procedure, which is one of the hair transplantation procedures which I offer my patients. FUE stands for follicular unit excision or follicular unit extraction. It’s a procedure in which I remove individual follicular units from the donor area in the back of the scalp, all under local anesthesia. I use the best in class handheld FUE device to do my surgery. Also under local anesthesia, I create hundreds of recipient sites in the recipient area in the frontal hairline or the top of the scalp. Then I and my highly trained team of surgical technicians gently insert each individual follicular unit into the recipient areas and the hairline on top of the scalp. In doing the hair placement, we really pay careful attention to the orientation, the curl, and the angle of each individual follicular unit.
The body’s own clotting factors serves as a glue to keep the hair in place, and there are no stitches throughout this procedure. Patients, who choose to wear their hair shaved or cropped very short, may opt for the FUE procedure over the strip excision procedure to avoid the appearance of a strip scar. Instead of a strip scar. Patients may have very inconspicuous white dots in a donor area. I work very hard to optimize cosmetic results, not only in a recipient area (in the front of the scalp) but also in a donor area (in the back of the scalp). In doing so, I’m very careful in selecting each individual follicular unit in a way that the remaining hairs can camouflage that donor area well.