What is a FUE hair transplant?
FUE – follicular unit extraction, also known as follicular transfer is a method for removing hairs from one part of your body and moving them to your head. More commonly the back of the head hairs will be moved to the front, other combinations such as body hair can also be moved. The main aim is to leave the least amount of trauma to the donor area where the hairs have been taken from. FUE involves removing hairs one at a time and leaving any natural clusters that they have grown in.
How does a FUE transplant work?
When it comes to FUE transplants, the aim is to use a tool which will help to remove the follicular unit graft, this is without traumatising the follicle. A FUE hair transplant, also referred to as follicular unit extraction, is a surgical hair transplant technique which uses advanced microsurgical techniques to help restore natural hair growth. With an experienced team of physicians, at FUE Clinics we will extract individual follicular units and artistically restore them to the targeted area, to help you restore your hair growth. FUE transplants are a preferred choice as they don’t show any visible scarring.
As a minimally invasive treatment, our team of experts don’t use scalpels, they use instruments, this means that the treatment’s healing should be much faster, especially when considering the other transplant methods available. FUE hair transplants will be carried out under local anesthetic, so the procedure is painless and patients can return home straight after the treatment. At FUE Clinics, our team includes a range of experienced full time hair restoration professionals, they can guarantee consistent and natural looking results with high regrowth rates.
FUE Transplant Procedure
FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction is one of the 2 primary methods of obtaining follicular units (naturally occuring groups of 1 – 4 hairs) for Hair Transplantation. The Alternative method is FUT, more commonly referred to as strip harvesting. The significance of FUE is how the Follicular Units are obtained. FUE surgeons primary tool is referred to as a Micro Punch, a circular surgical blade that varies in diameter from 0.7mm to 1.25mm. The Micro Punch enables the Follicular Units to be individually excised from the scalp, with no discomfort and without leaving the patient with a linear scar. There are still extremely few surgeons and practices which have mastered Follicular Unit Extraction because the procedure takes considerable time, expense and education to develop the ability to a superior standard. Something we at FUE Clinics are fortunate enough to be able to provide to all our patients.
What happens after the FUE Hair Transplant?
When it comes to post FUE hair transplant care, FUT and FUE hair transplants can take several hours or several days to complete, this will all depend on the size of the procedure that you require, you’ll also be able to go home on the same day of the procedure. Once the surgery is complete, the surgeon will remove the bandages, the transplanted area may be swollen so your surgeon may inject some triamcinolone into the area to help keep the swelling down. After the surgery and over the next few days, you may feel pain or soreness across the transplanted area where your air was taken from. Your surgeon may recommend a number of medications, including pain medication like ibuprofen, anti-inflammatories like oral steroids and finasteride or minoxidil to help stimulate hair growth.
The Recovery Process
FUT and FUE hair transplants can take many hours or in some cases days to complete, this will all depend on the size of the procedure that you need, you will also be able to go home on the same day of the surgical procedure. Once your surgery has been complete, your surgeon will remove the bandages and the area that has been transplanted may be swollen, your surgeon can inject triamcinolone into the area and this will help to keep the swelling down. After the surgery and over the days after, you may feel pain or soreness in the transplanted area where your hair has been taken from. Your surgeon may recommend a number of things, this includes pain medications such as Ibuprofen, Antibiotics can help to prevent the area getting infected, Anti-inflammatories such as oral steroids can help to relieve the swelling and medications include Finasteride (Propecia) or Minoxidil (Rogaine), all which will help to stimulate hair growth.
All FUE hair transplants are long-lasting and once you’ve had your hair transplant you will notice that your hair may start to shed after a couple of weeks. There’s no need to worry as this is a completely normal part of the procedure and your hair will grow back strong and healthy. You will also see your hair transplant results developing in 3-6 months, it’s also important to remember that hair transplants don’t work for everyone, but at FUE Clinics we aim to help you to get the best results. Hair transplants tend to be used to help restore your hair, especially if your hair is balding or thinning or you have lost your hair because of an injury. For more information, call FUE Clinics today.