Hair Transplant Surgery
Depending on the needs and goals of the patient, hair transplant surgery at our Leawood, KS, office can incorporate either follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE). During your consultation, Dr. Kenneth A. Buchwach will explain your options. He utilizes local anesthesia during surgery to make these procedures as comfortable as possible. Dr. Buchwach treats just one patient per day, which allows him to provide a personalized level of care.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
During the FUT procedure, Dr. Buchwach removes a small strip of tissue from the back of the head. This area is known as a “safe donor area,” or SDA, because patients do not typically lose hair in this location. He then sutures this area closed and his team divides this tissue into grafts. Using a microscope and specialized instruments, the hair follicles are separated into units that are transplanted to the designated areas. This may include the frontal area, midscalp, and crown vertex depending on the degree of hair loss.
Dr. Buchwach treats just one patient per day, which allows him to provide the most personalized level of care possible.
You will probably experience mild to moderate discomfort over the next 24 hours. If needed, Dr. Buchwach can prescribe a pain medication to ease your discomfort. The FUT procedure does result in a small scar. Hairstyles that are not cropped too closely (less than one inch) effectively conceal the scar.
Recovery from the FUT procedure takes about a week. While you can return to work a day or two after the procedure, you should limit yourself to light exercise for the first few days. After a week or so, you can begin returning to more strenuous activity.
Follicular Unit Extraction
The FUE procedure is well suited for patients with short hairstyles. The day of the procedure the back of the head is shaved. Rather than removing a strip of tissue, Dr. Buchwach removes the hair follicles individually. This technique is appropriate for any degree of hair loss.
The FUE procedure requires no sutures and results in no visible scarring. Patients typically experience less discomfort with FUE than with FUT. Still, local anesthetic is provided during the procedure to numb the area and ensure the best possible level of comfort.
Because there is no incision or stitches, patients can return to strenuous activities much sooner. The pinpoint holes created during the procedure will heal in just a few days. Patients can typically return to work the day after their procedure and can return to their exercise routines in less than a week.
Learn More about Hair Transplant Surgery
If you have suffered hair loss and want a real solution that looks completely natural, contact us online today or call (913) 491-1400 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Buchwach will analyze your scalp and take note of your goals to determine which hair restoration approach is right for you.
“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