What Is the ATERA FUE System?

Recent studies have shown that experiencing hair loss problems can trigger a significant psychological breakdown, leading to an exaggerated lowered self-esteem and decreased confidence. Experts have found that the emotional burden of losing one’s hair can have crippling effects on confidence, trigger mental disorders, and may even reduce the quality of life. 

In the past, hair transplants involved painful, invasive surgical procedures that left linear scars and unnatural-looking results. Today, hair transplants have progressed with advanced technologies and techniques that can bring natural-looking outcomes with less pain and recovery time. The follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure is precise and painstaking. At MAXIM, We use the latest and most advanced hair restoration technology available: the ATERA FUE System.

The ATERA FUE System is a state-of-the-art hair transplant method that delivers permanent, natural-looking results and hairlines that are undetectable to anyone. This patented technology has transformed the FUE technique with its automation of extracting hair follicles to produce the most efficient, least traumatic extraction of each follicular unit. This results in a faster recovery, less pain, reduced scarring, and an immediate return to your active lifestyle. 

The ATERA FUE System is minimally invasive. It only makes tiny “punch” marks that are often less than a millimeter in diameter. These microscopic grafts won’t even be noticeable to the naked eye. For our growing African-American and Middle Eastern patient base, we have larger-size punches for curly hair.

How Does the ATERA FUE System Work?

If your father or another older relative ever had hair restoration treatment, you may be familiar with the “plug” technique. This method requires transplanting large groups of hair basically in clumps of about 20 hair follicles. Unfortunately, this often produced a doll-like hairline, with noticeable linear scarring. So for anyone who preferred short hair, their hair plugs were going to stand out in a crowd. Eventually, hair transplant surgeons discovered micrografts, which they used to lessen the appearance of transplanted hair on the scalp. 

Nowadays, follicular unit extraction (FUE) is the gold standard in hair restoration techniques. It’s performed by extracting hair grafts using 0.6-millimeter to 1.025-millimeter micro punches to extract one to three single hair follicles at a time and then transplanting them to thinning or balding areas of the scalp. These micro punches are so tiny that they leave almost no signs of extraction and no scars visible to the naked eye. 

FUE techniques allow patients to wear their hair short and benefit from natural-looking hair transplants. It may take longer to perform this procedure compared to “strip” hair transplant surgery, but it can provide extraordinary results. What Are the Preparation and Recovery Procedures for an ATERA FUE Hair Transplant?

What Are the Preparation and Recovery Procedures for an ATERA FUE Hair Transplant?

During the preliminary consultation, a MAXIM hair transplant surgeon and his team of experts will calculate the number of hair grafts required to determine the duration of your treatment and provide you with detailed instructions to prepare you for the ATERA FUE process. This will include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain medications. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure your surgery goes smoothly. If you smoke, it’s important to refrain for at least a week or two before the procedure, as smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin and can interfere with the healing process.

On the day of the procedure, a clinician will trim the hair on your donor site to prepare it for follicular extraction. The ATERA FUE device keeps your extracted follicles moisturized and thriving until they’re ready to be transplanted to thinning or balding areas of your scalp. The hand unit can employ three different punch sizes, offering a solution more adaptable to a patient’s specific case than other systems. The automation of our ATERA FUE process keeps costs down and reduces procedure time as well. 

There is minimal downtime associated with the ATERA FUE system. You may experience minor redness at the donor site, but the clinician will prescribe topical treatments to reduce your discomfort. You can actually be back to work the day after your FUE procedure, meaning uninterrupted earnings is just another cost-benefit of ATERA FUE. The positive feedback we get from our past clients serves as an illustration of patient satisfaction. Here’s more about how we prepare for your procedure:

Preparation Procedures

This is how we prepare for the procedure:

  1. The clinician or his experienced technician trims the donor area on the back of your head.
  2. Local anesthesia with sedation is administered to the donor area to soothe and relax the patient.
  3. When the anesthesia takes effect, the clinical team extracts hair follicles from the donor area using micro punches under 3x to 5x magnification.
  4. After extraction, the collection system puts the grafts into a staging area that digitally counts the number of extracted follicular units and keeps them optimal for grafting by putting them in a moist, cool state.
  5. The clinician and their team carefully transplant the harvested hair to the recipient site. 

Recovery Procedures

When the procedure is complete, most patients can return to work and resume normal, light activity within days of surgery. How soon you return to your regular activities depends on factors like:

  • Duration 
  • Complexity 
  • Type of surgery 
  • Following MAXIM’s aftercare instructions 

Keep in mind that it’s normal for the transplanted hair to fall out two to three weeks after the procedure to make room for new hair growth. Most patients can see a certain amount of new hair growth within eight to 12 months of their surgery.

What Are the Benefits of ATERA FUE Hair Restoration?

The unique features and benefits of the ATERA FUE System set it apart from other FUE systems, including the NeoGraft, SmartGraft, WAW, Ellis, Cole, S.A.F.E., and others. Some of these advantages include: 

  • The grafts are lubricated from extraction until transplantation.
  • There’s separate tubing designed to irrigate and suction grafts to keep them protected whereas others have only one tube to do both.
  • The digital graft counter is visible to the patient.
  • The handpiece is light and causes minimal impact and trauma to the scalp.
  • There’s a variety of punch sizes for different types of hair—curly, straight, thin.
  • The system is fast and efficient, enabling the procedure to be completed in less time.
  • The results are more natural-looking, increasing confidence.
  • The surgery is minimally invasive.
  • There’s little or no scarring.
  • The after-care is simple and recovery is quick.
  • The results are long-lasting.
  • The procedure is more comfortable than strip hair surgery. 

The ATERA system also does a great job on curly hair which bodes well for African-American clients interested in a hair transplant. Many of our Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Indian hair transplant clients also benefit from this technology. 

Our hair transplant doctors deliver excellent results by focusing on what’s best for their patients. They’ve developed a systematic approach to care for hair loss patients, combining all proven surgical methods and treatment processes available to customize a solution that’s ideal for each patient. MAXIM offers 0% financing and other reasonable, competitive pricing methods to make it easier for you to fund your procedure.

Who Are the Best Candidates for ATERA FUE Hair Transplants?

Anyone who experiences unwanted hair loss may be a good candidate for ATERA FUE hair transplants. All types of hair loss can be treated with ATERA FUE, including curly hair, which is perfect for the African-American community. Those who experience thinning at the top of the head, thinning at natural part lines, loss of hair in patches that create bald spots, and full-body hair loss from medications or chemotherapy can benefit from the ATERA FUE hair transplant system.

Living with hair loss is a big challenge, particularly when the condition gets worse. The good thing is that hair loss treatments, like follicular unit extraction (FUE), are made available to everyone. With hair restoration techniques like ATERA FUE, you no longer have to worry about hair loss. 

Similarly, if you’re experiencing thinning hair, bald spots, and a receding hairline, know that you’re not alone. According to a recent survey of over 1,500 men, 47% reported they experienced some level of hair loss at the temple or top of the head, while 70% stated that their hair played an important role in their self-esteem and self-confidence. 

Women experiencing female pattern baldness are also candidates for hair restoration. If you’re experiencing female pattern hair loss, consider the ATERA FUE System to enhance new hair growth by harnessing the potential of your follicles. These are some causes of hair loss and how to get the results you want from FUE hair restoration:

Results From ATERA FUE Hair Loss Treatment

It’s not unusual for patients to need a touch-up procedure at some point to get the most natural-looking results possible. However, ATERA FUE hair transplants show significant results in restoring a full head of hair that’s completely natural-looking. One study showed that participants who have undergone hair restoration treatment perceived themselves as more youthful-looking and attractive. Our patients can vouch for these amazing hair transplant results. 

Ways To Care for ATERA FUE Hair Transplants

ATERA FUE hair transplant surgery is a great option if you’re searching for a way to get fuller hair. If you choose this alternative, then make sure to follow these tips on post-surgery care and maintenance. If you fully understand the process and how to care for your scalp after surgery, you’ll likely increase your chances of having a successful hair transplant. Follow these tips for ideal results: 

  • Diet: After having a hair transplant, eat foods rich in protein to promote faster healing and induce hair regrowth. This can include foods like eggs, beans, tofu, walnuts, fish, and poultry.
  • Vitamins: Supplement your diet with vitamins E, C, A, and B Complex. They all affect hair health. Eat foods rich in iron, as they support the immune system and speed up the healing process.
  • Washing: Wash your hair frequently and gently with a healthy shampoo using a sponge and avoid towel drying to protect your hair transplants.
  • Gentle hairstyling: Avoid tight hairstyles such as cornrows and pigtails which are linked with increased hair loss. Keep your style more gentle.

Massage: Massage doesn’t prevent hair loss on its own, but there’s some evidence that regular scalp massage helps maintain thicker hair. Gently massage the transplant area four or five times a day with an outward swiping motion from the middle of the forehead to the temples to help relieve swelling.

How Much Does ATERA FUE Cost?

The cost of an ATERA FUE hair restoration procedure depends on several factors. No two hair patterns are the same, so we take your medical history, your hair loss extent, and how you want your hair to look in the future into consideration when we calculate the cost of your hair restoration. After assessing your hair loss and examining the amount of donor hair you have available for transplant, MAXIM’s hair experts can recommend a strategic plan. 

At MAXIM Hair Restoration, we offer reasonable surgical and nonsurgical pricing. These are some things to know about our pricing for ATERA FUE hair treatments: 

Price Per Graft

With MAXIM hair restoration, you get what you pay for! We charge on a per-graft basis, which saves you money when compared to other hair restoration centers, and we don’t split grafts unless it’s medically necessary to properly design a hairline, beard, or eyebrows.

The cost of a hair transplant depends on the extent of your hair loss, the hair transplant technique you choose, the skills and credentials of the hair restoration physician, and the location where you want to get the procedure done. That said, the cost of a hair transplant can range between $6,000 and $12,000 or more. 

  • Note that not all MAXIM locations offer the ATERA FUE Technology.