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FUE Hair Transplant Follicular Unit Extraction or follicular unit transplantation, is the modern and widely used, minimally invasive method of hair restoration which involves extracting individual hair follicles from regions that have genetically stronger and denser hair and transplanting them to the balding areas. FUE is more advanced compared to older techniques like ...   Get An Appointment

FUE Hair Transplant

Follicular Unit Extraction or follicular unit transplantation, is the modern and widely used, minimally invasive method of hair restoration which involves extracting individual hair follicles from regions that have genetically stronger and denser hair and transplanting them to the balding areas. FUE is more advanced compared to older techniques like strip harvesting transplantation or FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). In follicular unit extraction there will be no linear scars or any noticeable changes in the donor area and much more natural and undetectable results are possible.

Best Candidates

For the patients in good condition hair transplant can drastically improve their looks and self esteem, however, not everyone is a good candidate.The important factor for good candidates in hair restoration surgery is determining the patient’s hair loss pattern and estimating the future course of the condition. Once hair is transplanted, it will not be shed but the existing hair in the area will continue its natural course and possibly be lost. Since it is very challenging to determine the long-term stability of donor hair and the extent of future hair loss when patients are very young, it is best to postpone hair transplant until at least the age of 25. The patient must have enough donor hair for the transplant and for later. It is also important that a patient has realistic expectations about the procedure. In some cases a patient may have to undergo multiple sessions of FUE to achieve the desired results. Some surgeons also want to observe the results from the first transplant to see if any following sessions are needed.

Good candidates for FUE hair transplant are those :

  • who are in good overall health
  • who have realistic expectations and who understand that their hair loss might continue
  • who have been balding for many years and their condition has relatively stabilised
  • who have lost hair due to trauma or burns
  • who have lost hair due to other cosmetic procedures such as face-lifts

Before The Surgery

The most critical decision in undergoing FUE is the physician you choose for your surgery. FUE demands both artistic skill and medical expertise. The precision and the direction in which the hair is transplanted and the determined hairline is just as important as the extraction process and the number of grafts. Therefore the skill and the experience of your physician will determine the success of your results. FUE hair transplant is a very delicate process and it’s very important that you understand the steps which will be explained to you during your consultation. You must follow all the instructions that will be given to you before your surgery.

In your first consultation with your doctor, your head will be examined thoroughly and you will be asked to give a detailed medical history. Your hair transplant will be then carefully planned and an estimated timeline for any procedures will be laid out.

Before the surgery patients are required to avoid smoking and alcohol as well as blood thinning medications. The surgeon must be notified of any ongoing medical conditions, treatments and medications that are being taken. You will be asked to wash your hair before the surgery and not to use any styling products. You may also be suggested not to get a haircut for a certain period of time prior to the surgery.

The Surgery

Before the follicular extraction process, the patient’s hair will be trimmed down to around a millimeter in length. After local anesthesia is applied, very small circular incisions are made on the donor area to allow the extraction of individual hair follicles which are called grafts and very fine forceps are used to gently remove these grafts from the skin. Extracted grafts are then carefully inspected and planted very gently into small incisions created by the surgeon in the recipient area using very precise micro surgical instruments. With this process, which combines science and art, it’s possible to transplant 50 to 60 or even more follicles per cm² and it typically takes about 8 to 12 hours to successfully transplant about 1,000 grafts.

After The Surgery

Immediately after the procedure a bandage will be applied to the donor area and you will wear a headband to prevent major swelling. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery. You will need to avoid contact to your head, exposure to the sun, heat, cold, exercise or any strenuous activities for around a week following the surgery. Depending on the surgery, your doctor may suggest that you can return to work after a day or two, but in general you must plan for being able to rest for a week. Recovery period of the donor site is relatively quick and you will only have small circular punches on the donor area which will fade away in a few days and heal without leaving any scars. The transplanted hair will be shed after a month following the surgery and will start to regrow soon after. After around 6 months, the hair that grows will be more noticeable and appear thicker. In around 1 year the adaptation period will be complete and the transplanted hair will have the same characteristics, texture and color as the previous hair in the recipient area but will not be shed since they were extracted from areas that don’t have genetic inclination to hair loss.