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Why Follicular Unit Extraction Might Be Your Answer for Your Bald Spots

Why Follicular Unit Extraction Might Be Your Answer for Your Bald Spots

You wake up. You get dressed. You comb your hair and see — bald spots. Does this create negative feelings about your appearance?

Believe it or not, these negative feelings can carry through your whole day. You might feel embarrassed when you have to speak in front of people, causing you to feel not-so-powerful at work. Soon this lack of self-confidence can spill into your social life and may even prevent you from going out.

Not only does balding affect you physically, but emotionally too. A Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) helps replenish balding spots for men looking to get thicker hair while replenishing their self-esteem. At Hair Doc, located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, California, we’re here to help revive your hairline for a younger physique.

90% success rate

Receding hairline. Bald patches on your crown. Thinning hair at the temples. This is how balding starts — often attributed to genetics, with 25% of men experiencing balding before 25. 

While balding isn’t harmful to your health, most wish to improve it for a more desirable appearance. The FUE offers over a 90% success rate, offering a natural way to improve your hairline with minimal downtime. 

Transplanting 2,000 individual hair follicles

The secret to an FUE lies in transplanting individual hair follicles — in a single appointment, 2,000 hair follicles can be transplanted. Peter Panagotacos, MD, uses a micro-punch tool to take individual hair follicles from places on your head with healthy hair growth. 

Using a state-of-the-art ARTAS® iX robotic system, Dr. Panagotacos transplants the follicles to balding areas, where blood vessels flock to help heal the newly transplanted hair. In 8-10 days the transplants settle with your natural hair grafts and pave the way for thicker, fuller hair.

Why it might be best for you

Hair Doc is a leading expert in hair transplants and hair restoration. We offer two main hair transplant options, an FUE and follicular unit transplant (FUT)

Here’s why an FUE might be the answer to restoring your bald spots.

Restore multiple areas

FUE can be used to treat multiple balding areas in one session while a FUT, which uses a strip transplant, is mainly used to treat one area of balding. Because FUE uses small, circular-shaped transplants, they can be successfully transplanted in various places on your head.

No noticeable scar

Because hair transplants involve small incisions, some degree of scarring generally occurs. However, an FUE uses extractions that are less than one millimeter in diameter so any scarring is very subtle, and easily hidden in your hairline. A FUT provides a longer, linear scar that isn’t suitable for all patients — especially those who wear their hair short.

Minimal downtime

Between family, work, and your social life, you probably can’t afford a long recovery period. Luckily an FUE, offers a minimal recovery period. In just 2-3 days, you can return to sedentary activities with most of our patients returning to work after a week.

No pain

If you’re worried about pain, you’ll be happy to hear that most patients don’t experience any pain during an FUE. Dr. Panagotacos administers an anesthetic to your scalp to keep you comfortable from start to finish. You may experience some mild discomfort during the healing process, but patients report it to be much more tolerable than the FUT process.

Results — worth the wait

It’s important to note that while you can expect fuller thicker hair, the results are not immediate. Everyone’s body and hair growth cycle is different, which can make it hard to predict expected results.

During the first three months, you might notice no change or unfortunately, even hair loss. However, this is normal and temporary, as these previously dormant hair follicles push out the transplants to start growing new hair.

At 6-9 months, 90% of patients experience hair growth, which continues to improve over the next few months. These results are long-lasting and can even sustain your entire life making an FUE among the best options to restore your hair. 

Stop wondering what it’s like and find out for yourself. Call 415-907-7355 to schedule your consultation or book online.

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