What is Minimally Invasive Hair Surgery?

Given a choice between surgery or an equally effective non-surgical alternative to treat a condition, it’s likely that ten out of ten patients would choose the latter. No one wants to undergo surgery if they don’t need to, given the downtime, anesthesia, hospital admissions, and potential complications involved.

For individuals looking for a solution to their hair loss issues, hair transplant surgery often offers the best solution. But hair surgery has a come a long way from the days of hair plugs, strip harvesting of donor hair, and long, visible linear scars. Today, hair transplant surgery using the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique is a minimally invasive procedure that can restore hair without many of the downsides associated with traditional surgery.

Minimally Invasive Follicular Unit Extraction

With skill, artistry, and the most advanced hair restoration technology available, the world-renowned surgeons at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute use the minimally invasive and quick-healing outpatient FUE procedure to create outstanding and enduring results. The advantages of FUE over strip harvesting arise from the precision with which surgeons can remove follicles from the scalp. By removing follicles individually, scarring is minimized as is any damage to remaining hair in the donor area.

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we perform follicular unit extractions using a technique called the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure, which provides unmatched results in transplantation.

Using the ARTAS system, our doctors digitally scan areas of the scalp, identifying hair in its natural groupings. Selected follicular units are then precisely removed from the donor area with an image-guided 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern, leaving most donor area hair in place so that it retains its original natural appearance.

Because scars are tiny and dot-like in appearance, the donor area on patients who undergo a hair transplant using the ARTAS system should look unscathed, cause almost no post-operative pain, and give patients the option to wear shorter hairstyles in the days after the procedure.

After extraction, our surgeons then strategically and carefully place the individual grafts into the recipient area one at a time in a pattern designed to match your natural hair growth.

In contrast to traditional surgery which usually involves either local or general anesthesia, only a mild sedative is used in minimally invasive hair transplant surgery. Because of that, you’ll stay around for a short rest period after completion of the procedure. But you should be able to return to work the day after your surgery and resume all of your regular activities within a week to 10 days.

Quite simply, minimally invasive hair transplant surgery offers patients the results they want without the inconveniences and impositions they don’t. If you would like to learn more about FUE and how minimally invasive hair surgery can help you restore your hair quickly and effectively, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute.  Contact us online or call our office at 305-925-0222 today.