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PROCEDURES: Modern Hair Transplant Procedure in Minneapolis, MN

“Hair transplant is the process of moving a precious limited amount of donorhair to a potentially expanding bald or thinning recipient area . We want to accomplish this in a manner that insures the patient will be satisfied with the results now and in the future. Patient satisfaction is dependent on meeting his/her expectations of naturalness and density”— Ron Shapiro MD , Hair Transplantation, 4th Edition

Hair transplantation has undergone a virtual revolution of change in the last 10 to 20 years. When Hair Transplants first began large punch grafts were used which led to the pluggy look associated with older transplants. This is no longer the case. The desire to improve naturalness led to the use of progressively smaller grafts.

A revolutionary advance occurred when physicians observed that, under magnification, hair grows in tiny, naturally occurring groupings of 1-4 hairs called follicular units. With this observation, physicians began using microscopic magnification to produce tiny 1-3 hair grafts that keep these natural groupings intact. These 1-3 hair grafts are called Follicular Unit (FU) grafts and the technique of Follicular Unit Transplantation was born. This was a huge break through. Physicians now had a graft that was the exact size and shape that exists in nature. For the first time, physicians could replace hair exactly as it was originally found in nature, creating results so natural they are virtually undetectable; even under close examination.FUT became, and still is the state of the art technique used today.

Natural Results From Follicular Unit Transplantation

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There are two primary methods of doing FUT surgery today.:

  1. The traditional “Strip” Follicular Unit Transplant (“Strip” FUT) method where donor hair is removed from the donor area in a single strip and later subdivided into grafts under a microscope.
  2. The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method where each graft is extracted individually from
    the donor area by a micro punch.

The major difference between these techniques is the method of donor harvesting with the rest of the procedure being primarily the same.

AT SMG we are experts at both techniques. We attempt to chose the technique that is best for the patient based on his unique situation. Clinics that can only perform one technique may tend to push a patient toward the “single” technique they perform; whether it is best for the patient or not.

As time goes on continual improvement and advancements have occurred in the field. Some of these innovations include Mega-sessions, Dense Packing, Lateral Slit technique, Trichophytic closures, Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP),Acell Therapy, Vitrase therapy and more. SMG has been at the fore front of most of these advancements. In this section on the procedure we will discuss some of the basic concepts of hair transplants as well as some of these more advanced techniques used at SMG


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“Thank you very much for your attention. I am very happy with the results of the surgery. After 3 months only I already have full hair coverage in all the affected areas and don’t need to use the hair clips like I used to do for many years. Please give my beast regards to Dr. Shapiro and the team...”Read More

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