AccuGraft is a hair transplant system that removes individual hair follicles from the patient's head. The AccuGraft utilizes the FUE technique but is semi-automated, mechanically extracting hairs in order to harvest more follicles, in a shorter time, with less provider fatigue.
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About the Procedure
Hair loss is a common occurrence in both men and women. Thinning hair, receding hairlines, and bald spots can develop temporarily due to factors such as anxiety or stress, or be brought on by genetic predispositions such as with male or female pattern hair loss. For those who are bothered by thinning hair and have a healthy, sufficient donor site, follicular unit extraction may be a good solution to restore fuller, voluminous hair. Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a method of hair transplantation used to relocate healthy hair follicles into balding areas of the head. Unlike FUT (follicular unit transplantation), which surgically removes a strip of hair from the patient's head in order to harvest hair follicles, FUE individually dissects the hairs for a less invasive procedure. The FUE process can be all done by hand--from extraction, to recipient site creation, to transplantation--or semi-automatically. Semi-automized FUE techniques allow for a quicker procedure, with greater extraction numbers, and less surgeon fatigue. AccuGraft, like Neograft, is a semi-automatic FUE system. AccuGraft uses a pneumatically pressurized hand piece in order to accurately extract hair follicles. Prior to the procedure, the donor site will be shaved and injections of local anesthesia will be administered for optimal patient comfort. Once the patient is numbed, the procedure will begin. AccuGraft hand piece will extract heathy hairs from the patient, one follicle at a time, taking care to note the angle of projection when removing the hair. Follicles are vacuumed into the hand piece until the extraction process is complete. Next, the recipient site will be scored for transplanting. Each follicle will then be placed back into the head, restoring the appearance of fullness and volume.
The goal of an AccuGraft hair transplant is to reduce hair loos caused by thinning hair, receding hairlines, or bald spots. Temporary hair loss and hair loss caused by medications or stress should not be addressed with AccuGraft.
What to Expect
AccuGraft is a hair transplant system that utilizes the FUE technique but is semi-automated, mechanically extracting hairs in order to harvest more follicles, in a shorter time, with less provider fatigue. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an AccuGraft procedure.
- Stop using topical hair treatments for 2 weeks
- A prescription shampoo may be recommended
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- No alcohol 3 days prior
- No smoking 1 week before and after
- Patients with light hair will dye hair 3 days prior
- Local anesthesia
- Hair in donor area will be cut short
- Hand held device powered by pneumatic pressure removes donor hair
- Recipient sites created in the proper orientation, angle, and direction
- Follicular units are carefully separated and implanted
During recovery from an AccuGraft procedure, do not touch or brush the newly grafted areas. Avoid any activities or strenuous exercise that causes excessive sweating including steam rooms or saunas for at least 10 days. To ensure quicker healing, do not consume alcohol for at least 7 days postoperatively.
The ideal candidate for AccuGraft is seeking hair restoration for thinning hair, bald spots, and/or a receding hairline. Candidates should not have hair loss as a result of medication, stress, or medical treatment as these can be reversed. For successful hair restoration, candidates must have adequate amount of hair growth or follicles used for transplantation.
Not Recommended For
Accugraft is not recommended for patients with poor donor sites or who have hair loss that can be reversed. Hair loss caused by medication, stress or medical treatment cannot be addressed by Accugraft.
Side effects from an AccuGraft hair transplant may include hemorrhage, infection, telogen effluvium (temporary hair loss), itching, scarring, cysts, bleeding and swelling.