Everybody craves a full and natural head of hair, but for many of us there comes a point in life where hair loss becomes an aesthetic issue. However, this does not have to be a problem, at least not anymore. FUE hair transplantation offers a solution to hair loss with permanent results and without leaving any visible scars.
FUE, known as follicular unit extraction, or sometimes referred to as follicular unit transplantation is a type of hair transplant surgery that involves extracting individual hair follicles from a donor part of the body, usually the sides and back of the scalp/head.
How an FUE hair transplant works
FUE – Follicular Unit Excision (also known as Follicular Unit Extraction) is the most advanced and effective treatment for hair loss in the world. It involves removing individual hair follicles from the areas of the scalp where they are genetically programmed to continue growing for life (usually the back or sides of the head). The surgeon then carefully places them into the areas of hair loss.
In the early stages after the procedure these new hair grafts will naturally shed, but over the next 10 to 15 months the new hairs will grow, thicken, mature and will behave like your original hair. In most cases, if the surgeon has the right combination of technical skill and artistry, the results are excellent. With proper aftercare, the transplant will usually last for life.
Your transplanted hair follicles will retain the characteristics of their origin and continue to grow for life, despite having been moved to an area where hair loss is occurring (a concept known as “donor dominance”). Your newly transplanted hair is not more ‘fragile’ than your normal hair. You can wash it, cut it and generally treat it as you do your original hair.
The 10 advantages of a hair transplant by FUE technique
Since it is a minor intervention, performed in a single session and without strict specific needs, it is considered minimally invasive, something that can be verified by the simple fact that the patient leaves the clinic quietly shortly after completing the graft.
This type of anaesthesia facilitates recovery and prompt walking home, as well as allowing the user to be aware of how everything happens (something most patients prefer in minor interventions).
When an individual follicular extraction is performed with a very precise scalpel, the incision is minimal, so much so that the scar that remains when healed is invisible to the eye.
You are not going to stagnate or need to spend periods hiding at home. With the FUE intervention your hair will grow constantly, checking the results day by day.
Do not lose sensitivity immediately or in the long term. Once you recover from anaesthesia, your recipient area has 100% sensitivity. So much so that you will begin to feel the pain of having made multiple incisions and you will even have to take medication to soothe it; you will feel everything perfectly!
We have already given the most pressing indications about the post hair surgery process. What we indicate, broadly speaking, is to be very careful with all aggressive actions on the scalp, both physically and in terms of exposure. However, all considerations are simple to comply with and nothing is demanded beyond the obvious that you can imagine: no stretching, no rubbing, sleep carefully the first few days, etc..
The last of the advantages of a hair transplant using the FUE technique is that completely natural results are obtained. When your post-surgery process is over, no one will know that you’ve grown hair, unless you’re the one commenting on it proud of it.
The follicular unit extraction method involves the following procedure:
How long does it take?
An FUE hair transplant can be undergone in either one long session or several smaller sessions depends on the treated area.
It tends to be more time consuming than strip surgery but does not leave the obvious and typical scars that strip procedure does.
The length of time for an FUE procedure can vary, but it usually depends on how many grafts are needed to cover the head.
A smaller procedure, where only around 200 grafts are needed, can be completed in a couple of hours.
However, A larger procedure of around 2,500 to 3,000 grafts will require a session that stretches over two days.
Are there any post-treatment guidelines after the FUE procedure?
Nov 01, 2018