FUE Hair Transplants

Follicular Unit Extaction 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.

The Procedure

On arrival at our Purpose Built Surgical centre, you will be greeted by your original consultant. You will be escorted to your exclusive patient suite to relax ahead of the procedure. We shall carry out a patent assessment to ensure you have followed all pre-operative instructions that you are provided. Your FUE surgeon will arrive to confirm the intentions of the surgery assuring your goals are to be met and answer any additional questions you may have. Your blood pressure will be taken and pre-surgery medications administered.

Once the total number of follicular units is achieved you will then be maneuvered into an upright position on the purpose built hair transplant chair. Your surgeon will begin to meticulously mark out the recipient area, paying immaculate attention to detail in defining a hairline or crownal rotation. Your surgeons intention is to ensure that the hair transplantation procedure renders a perfectly natural and aesthetically complimentary appearance undetectable to anyone (this is often additionally sold as trico-sculpture, but a standard provision by all good hair restoration surgeons). Once the area is marked out, you will have the opportunity to approve ahead of your surgeon commencing.

On approval, your surgeon will anaesthatise the recipient area with tumescent aneasthesia. Once the recipient area is receptive to no pain or discomfort, the micro-lateral incisions will be made with specific interest in angle, depth, orientation and density. Once all the recipient micro-lateral incisions have been made, your harvested follicular units will then be planted/transferred into the recipient sites. Once and only when all the follicular units have been transferred and reviewed, is the process over. Appropriate dressings will be applied (dressing applied to donor area only for 24 hours) and you will then be mobilised back to your exclusive patient suite.

Once the total number of follicular units is achieved you will then be maneuvered into an upright position on the purpose built hair transplant chair. Your surgeon will begin to meticulously mark out the recipient area, paying immaculate attention to detail in defining a hairline or crownal rotation. Your surgeons intention is to ensure that the hair transplantation procedure renders a perfectly natural and aesthetically complimentary appearance undetectable to anyone (this is often additionally sold as trico-sculpture, but a standard provision by all good hair restoration surgeons). Once the area is marked out, you will have the opportunity to approve ahead of your surgeon commencing. On approval, your surgeon will anaesthatise the recipient area with tumescent aneasthesia.

Once the recipient area is receptive to no pain or discomfort, the micro-lateral incisions will be made with specific interest in angle, depth, orientation and density. Once all the recipient micro-lateral incisions have been made, your harvested follicular units will then be planted/transferred into the recipient sites. Once and only when all the follicular units have been transferred and reviewed, is the process over. Appropriate dressings will be applied (dressing applied to donor area only for 24 hours) and you will then be mobilised back to your exclusive patient suite.

You will have all your post-operative instructions explained in great detail by your original consultant, provided with all post operative after-care pack (antibiotics, cortico-steroids, copper-peptide hair nourishment spray and saline ) and with your permission photographs will be taken to add to your existing patient file. Again, you will have the opportunity to ask any further questions you may have. Your surgeon will visit you ahead of you being dis-charged. All food and beverages will be provided on the day, maintaining blood sugar levels ensuring maximum comfort throughout the day.

FUE harvesting of grafts causes minimal scarring; small, round, and typically pale white scars; in the patient’s donor area where the grafts have been removed. FUE scarring differs from scarring from strip harvesting in that the latter procedure produces a linear scar in the donor area where the narrow strip of follicular unit rich tissue was removed. The tiny round scarring from FUE is often impossible to detect when hair in the donor area is at a normal length and the extraction is performed by a skilled surgeon.

While the outcome of the healing process, and thus the appearance of scar tissue, depends on several variables; including the micro-punch diameter, the skill of the surgeon, how the patient heals typically and whether the post-operative healing/recovery instructions are followed – short cropped hair or a shaved head will typically not be a limitation in comparison with the alternative strip harvesting procedure, FUT.

The recovery period after an FUE procedure is very simple and is advised to be between 5 – 10 days. You are encouraged to take some time away from work to ensure you are not subject to any activities or environments that may effect your follicular unit grafts during the healing phase. The intention within the recovery period is to nurture to transplanted grafts and prevent them from being displaced. It must be made apparent that you the patient are not bound to your bed, as with the procedure day itself, you are fit and well to leave the same day.

During the recovery period you are advised to do very little and get plenty of rest avoiding any activities that may increase your blood pressure (heavy lifting or vigorous exercise) and to avoid bending over from the waist. Your physical appearance in the few days immediately after may be slightly effected by some minor swelling (more likely with restoration carried out in the frontal/temporal hairline), the appearance of scabbing around the recipient site creation and maybe an unfamiliar haircut – again all of these will resolve themselves promptly.

In the immediate weeks after the procedure it is quite normal for the hairs contained within the transferred follicular units to shed. This is nothing to draw attention to or be alarmed. Around 2 – 4 months after the procedure is when 99% of all patient will begin to see any initial regrowth from the follicular units that begin a new Anagen growth phase. The most significant amount of regrowth shall be seen between 8 – 12 months. The full and final result of any hair transplant should be witnessed between 12-18 months at full maturity and your hair loss concern eliminated.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for FUE Hair Transplantation in general. Several immediate factors are to be taken into account to determine suitability for this particular method of Hair Restoration.

  • The extent of your hair loss and the amount of restoration you would like
  • The type of hair you have i.e straight, wavy, curly, afro-caribbean
  • How you intend to style/wear your hair

Ultimately any attempt to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for an FUE procedure should never be taken as a given. A consultation with a hair restoration specialist should be your first port of call.

At your personal hair transplant consultation, our expert hair restoration consultant(s) will determine if a hair restoration procedure would be beneficial in your circumstances.

An extensive examination of your scalp using the latest video microscope equipment will be performed to determine the level of loss you have experienced and provide prior indication of follicles that are likely to fail in the future and best predict a pattern for which you follow.

Based on the information acquired during the examination of the balding and non-balding areas, the consultant will make a bespoke recommendation to each individual patient. All the benefits and associated risks will be explained in detail regarding a hair restoration procedure (FUE or strip harvesting). You will have plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have, as well as being given the precise cost implications of the treatment you require.

Take the first step today, hair loss is progressive – therefore the longer you wait without intervention the worst your hair loss will become and the less options you have available – call us on 0121 745 7585, we are always available and happy to talk all things hair.

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