Could an Armani Rep please comment on the following post from Dr. Feller regarding the unsuitability of FUE on many patients. He claims many people are unsuitable for FUE because of soft skin and therefore the graft breaks apart, but this is only known after the procedure has commenced. Please read Dr. Feller’s post, a highly regarded surgeon, who claims if a patient is unsuitable for FUE, the procedure is converted to strip or cancelled. Does Dr. Armani cancel procedures because of this since he doesn’t offer strip anymore? I’m specifically wondering Dr. Armani’s take on this since he only offers FUE now, god knows why, and since this suitability for FUE is only known once the procedure has commenced. I’m wondering if this might shed light on some of the weaker FUEs out there (no reference to any specific doc). Thanks
Wednesday November 07, 2007 5:37 PM
Thank you all.
The rate limiting step in FUE is the quality of the skin of the donor area. If the skin is too mushy the graft will just break apart. Unfortunately there is only one way to find this out, which is by actually performing the FUE.
My Feller Punch (3 U.S. Patents) has been through several revisions over the years and performs better than any other punch I’ve tried. Because of this, and the fact that my FUE team are all seasoned veterans, a higher percentage of patients are candidates for FUE compared to years prior. As a result I am taking on larger FUE cases in increasing numbers.
As usual I offer this caution to all potential FUE patients:
NO doctor can predict how many grafts they will be able to remove from the donor area SAFELY. Therefore, when a patient comes to my office for a LARGE FUE session (greater than 500) it’s with the understanding that IF the target number can’t be reached SAFELY, the surgery will either be converted to a strip or CANCELLED. In the event of cancellation a fee for the ATTEMPT is charged to cover the overhead costs. This is the most fair way to divide the risk and to ensure that a donor area won’t be decimated by a doctor in an effort to complete an FUE case on an unsuitable patient.
NO FUE is better than BAD FUE. I will post a case tomorrow of a pateint who had two poor FUE surgeries by a doctor whom he will not name (and whose name I don’t want to know). His case is a CLASSIC example of a doctor trying to “brute force” an FUE surgery in an effort to complete it at any cost.
Feller Medical, PC
He Also went on to say this in another post on the thread:
I don’t consider this case to be a megasession FUE case, and that is probably what you are talking about. I haven’t seen ANY of those types of FUE procedures produce yields as good as strip yet, but if you want to see what the upper end of properly sized FUE surgeries look like grown out just look for spex, bukaroo, hairroot, and there are a few more of my bigger FUE cases online that are out there.