Surgical Hair Restoration
Massachusetts Surgical Hair Restoration Doctor Ryan Welter offers Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) to help you re-grow your own hair. For both of these surgeries, Dr. Welter removes healthy hair follicles from the back of your scalp and transfers them to the balding areas on top. With male pattern baldness, the hair on the back of the scalp is genetically programmed to resist balding much longer than hair elsewhere on the scalp.
FUE and FUT offer similar results in the same time frame, but the procedure that Ryan Welter, M.D., PhD uses is different for each of them. To be a good candidate for FUT or FUE, you need to have enough healthy hair follicles available for transplant. With FUE, it’s possible to obtain donor hair follicles from the abdomen, arms, back, beard, chest, face, and legs as well as the back of the scalp.
FUE Hair Restoration Surgery
Hair Restoration Doctors developed FUE in response to patient concerns about the linear scar that FUT leaves on the back of the scalp. With this procedure, Dr. Welter uses a one-millimeter circular punch to extract hair follicles one at a time. The scarring is usually not discernible after a few days. One of the drawbacks is that it is time-consuming and labor-intensive to perform, which also makes it more expensive. However, Massachusetts Surgical Hair Restoration Doctor Ryan Welter has developed a technique called microFUE that reduces the time need for surgery while also improving the results.
During microFUE, Dr. Welter transfers follicle units microscopically and adds growth factors to the recipient area. This allows powerful stem cells to develop near the transplanted follicles and spurs their growth. In addition, Ryan Welter, M.D., PhD uses precise transplantation techniques to place the hair grafts according to the number of individual hairs each one contains. This produces a natural and seamless appearance once the permanent new hair follicles erupt through the scalp. Since FUE does not require stitches or sutures, most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days. FUE is also available to enhance the appearance of your eyelashes or eyebrows.
FUT Hair Transplant Surgery
FUT, also known as strip donor harvesting, is the older of the two Hair Restoration surgeries. With this procedure, Dr. Welter removes a strip of skin containing numerous hair follicles from the back of your scalp. The length of the donor strip depends on how many grafts you require for transfer while the depth is typically one to two centimeters. He sutures the area immediately after the strip removal. FUT does leave a fine linear scar, but the hair directly above it covers it easily. After obtaining the donor strip, Doctor Welter extracts the most robust hair follicles and transfers them to your balding areas.
Ryan Welter, M.D., PhD also performs scar revision surgeries using regenerative therapy for patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of a scar from a previous FUT surgery. The approximate healing time from FUT surgery is one to two weeks.
What to Expect After Your Hair Transplant
Several days to a few weeks after FUT or FUE, you will notice the growth of fine, thin hair on your scalp. These hairs fall out quickly, but only because they need to make way for your permanent hair that comes in within six months of surgery. Because new hair is the same color, texture, and thickness as your remaining hair, no one will be able to tell that you have had surgery. Dr. Welter may recommend one of the non-surgical Hair Restoration procedures available at Regeneris Medical to speed up the process of hair re-growth after a transplant.