FUE Hair Transplant
Using SmartGraftTM technology, Dr. Kenneth A. Buchwach in Leawood, KS, can complete follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedures with virtually no discomfort, no sutures, and no scarring. This suction-assisted procedure can give you permanent and incredibly natural-looking results, as well as as a significant boost in confidence.
What is FUE?
FUE is a hair transplant technique that involves using tiny punches and suction to harvest individual grafts. The FUE procedure works well for all men. It is especially recommended for patients who prefer short hairstyles that would not conceal the linear scar associated with follicular unit transplantation. FUE is appropriate for any degree of hair loss.
Compared to widely advertised hair systems (toupees), FUE and FUT are far more economical because the results are permanent and there is no ongoing expense.
FUE versus FUT
Dr. Buchwach performs both FUE and FUT procedures in order to accommodate a range of needs. While FUE involves removing only tiny punched out grafts, FUT involves removing a small strip of skin tissue containing hair follicles. FUT is usually recommended for female patients and men who wear their hair more than an inch in length. FUE is more costly because it requires much more harvesting time. However, the grafts obtained are equally good with FUE versus FUT. It is important to understand that compared to widely advertised hair systems (toupees), FUT and FUE are far more economical choices because the results are permanent and there is no ongoing expense. Both techniques achieve excellent results. Dr. Buchwach will review which one is better suited for you.
How SmartGraft Works
SmartGraft is minimally invasive FUE device that causes little discomfort and no scarring. Unlike other FUE procedures, the SmartGraft device suctions the grafts into the mainframe of the system where the grafts are kept constantly moist and constantly cool. This prevents the grafts from drying out. This increases the viability of the grafts. It is simply the best suction-assist system in the world.
The entire procedure takes most of the day. There are multiple breaks for the patient as well as snacks and beverages. Whether FUT or FUE is being done most patients watch TV or movies. They are comfortable enough that at least half fall asleep. It is done under local anesthesia so patients can drive themselves to and from the office. You can return to work a day or two after the procedure. Because of the less invasive nature of Smart Graft technology, there are fewer restrictions on your activity level as well as a shorter recovery period. You can expect a full recovery in about a week. It takes about four to six months for hair growth to begin and nine months or more before you see the full results.
Is FUE Right for You?
If you are experiencing hair loss, contact Dr. Buchwach’s office online or call (913) 491-1400 to schedule a consultation. He can discuss your treatment goals and examine your hair to determine if an FUE hair transplant is right for you.
Vision Medical, the manufacturer of SmartGraft, asked a few expert Hair Transplant surgeons in the world to describe their experience with this superb FUE device.This video is for the 2020 ISHRS International Virtual Meeting.
Here is what Dr. Buchwach had to say.
“Following the procedure, you can wash your hair immediately, no dressings or bandages will be required, and you can return to work the next day.” Dr. Buchwach