What is a Smartgraft FUE Hair transplant?
Hair loss, while common, can be embarrassing. If nonsurgical treatments aren't enough to slow or stop your hair loss, then hair restoration surgery might improve the issue. Our board-certified dermatologists offer SmartGraft follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplantation to patients who want fuller, thicker hair. SmartGraft FUE is a hair transplant surgical procedure that's minimally invasive and uses advanced technology to remove and place individual hair follicles with precision. SmartGraft FUE chooses the ideal follicles from the back part of your head and implants them in areas with hair loss. We use the SmartGraft FUE instrument to carefully set each follicle graft so that your results look and feel natural. If you have thinning hair or bald spots, schedule a consultation at Clear Lake Dermatology in League City or Webster, TX to learn more about SmartGraft FUE hair restoration surgery.
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SmartGraft FUE hair transplantation is a good option for patients who have large areas of baldness or thinning hair. You may have tried nonsurgical methods, like shampoos, topical medications, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), or laser therapy, without achieving the results you want. Although these treatments can help slow or prevent hair loss, they may not work with advanced stages of baldness. We can complete SmartGraft FUE procedures on most hair colors, conditions, and textures. In your consultation, we'll assess your scalp and hair to determine whether you have sufficient donor follicles to achieve your hair goals.
At our League City and Webster, TX locations, we perform SmartGraft FUE hair transplant procedures in a private treatment room. Next, we use a local anesthetic to numb your scalp and can provide an oral sedative to help keep you calm throughout the treatment. During your consultation, our team will discuss what happens during SmartGraft FUE hair transplantation surgery and how long it takes. As soon as you're ready, one of our dermatologists will begin the procedure.
Generally, we take the donor follicles from the back of your head because hair growth tends to remain constant in this area. For medium to large grafts, our dermatologists may have to shave the entire sides or the back of your scalp. For smaller cases, you may only need a small strip of hair shaved. You can usually cover the shaved area with the hair that's near it. The donor hair is removed in follicular units, typically around 1 – 4 hairs. The hair removal process is randomized so the hair around the extracted grafts grows back and camouflages the extracted follicles. To give you natural-looking results, the transplanted area is based on the depth, angle, density, and orientation of your scalp.
What to Expect
Following the procedure, you can resume your normal activities. We'll discuss post-treatment instructions, including how to care for your hair and when to schedule follow-up appointments. You may experience some redness or inflammation at the donor and transplant sites for a couple of days. Little scabs across the transplanted follicles can typically occur for 7 – 10 days. Several weeks after the procedure, the transplanted follicles will enter the resting phase of hair development. This normally lasts 3 – 4 months as hair sheds. This is expected, and the transplanted follicles will move back into the growing stage as new hair sprouts. It should take about 12 – 18 months for your final results to become visible. Then, your hair will look thicker and fuller. To maintain your new hairline, our dermatologists can discuss other nonsurgical remedies, such as topical medications and PRP therapy.
SmartGraft FUE FAQ
Does the SmartGraft FUE hair transplant technique look natural?
Because the SmartGraft FUE transplant method chooses random clusters of follicles and places them in naturally occurring patterns dictated by your unique hair growth, it creates natural-looking results with natural hair growth.
Will SmartGraft FUE work for all hair types, including women and African-Americans?
Yes, SmartGraft FUE can be effectively performed for any type of hair.
Does the SmartGraft procedure hurt?
Most patients don’t experience any pain or discomfort because we numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic and provide you with an oral sedative to keep you comfortable before we begin.
How soon do you see results from a SmartGraft procedure?
For most patients, the transplanted hair starts to grow in 3 – 4 months with more noticeable growth, starting within 6 – 9 months. Final results are typically seen at 12 – 18 months.
Will I have scars after a SmartGraft FUE procedure?
The process to remove the extracted grafts only leaves flat “micro-dots” that don’t create noticeable scarring, unlike other transplant methods that create linear scars. These “micro-dots” may be visible if the head is shaved but typically aren’t visible even if the hair is shaved down to 1/8 inch.
Plan Your Procedure
Confidently Full, Thick Hair
Though hair loss is normal, it can cause anxiety and decreased confidence. If you're interested in long-term hair restoration, schedule a consultation with us at one of our offices in League City or Webster, TX to learn more about SmartGraft FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplantation. At Clear Lake Dermatology, innovative SmartGraft FUE treatments can help patients in the Greater Houston area get a fuller head of hair.