FUE Hair Transplants
What Is FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE is the acronym for Follicular Unit Extraction. FUE hair transplant is a proven, minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves follicular unit grafting to treat balding areas, typically on the scalp. It is a natural graft placement process used to recreate your natural hairline and growth pattern. FUE hair transplants create natural-looking, permanent results. FUE incorporates the most up-to-date advanced grafting techniques and minimally invasive technology.
Who Performs FUE Hair Transplants?
FUE hair transplants are performed by physicians that are highly trained and experienced in hair restoration. The fact that hair transplanting is a highly competitive industry, doctors strive for perfection by continuously educating themselves, by learning and practicing new innovative hair restoration procedures and techniques. The best hair transplant doctors have dedicated their practice to hair restoration. Hair restoration requires a medical license.
What Is Involved In an FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE hair transplant surgeons use tiny instruments to remove individual hair follicles from a patient’s donor area of the scalp. The donor area is an area on the scalp that contains thick, dense hair, which is optimum for donor hair follicles. The donor area hair is then trimmed to allow the surgeon to identify and remove the best strong, healthy hairs. The tiny instruments are used to make small circular incisions around hair follicles to isolate the graft. The surgeon then uses a tweezer-like instrument to extract the graft from the scalp. Once the surgeon has removed the required number of grafts, he can inspect each hair follicle using a high powered stereo microscope and chooses the best ones for transplanting in the recipient area of the scalp. These follicular units are then placed into groups. Typically between 1 -4 hairs are contained in each hair follicle.
For optimal placement of the follicular grafts, determining a patient’s, hair loss pattern will result in a natural-looking outcome. The expertise used in placing these follicular units is what determines the best natural-looking hair transplant outcome. Once the follicular grafts are ready for placement in the recipient site, the doctor makes tiny incisions in the patient’s recipient site to match the natural hair growth pattern. The doctor will then strategically place the follicular grafts one at a time to maximize the density, coverage of thinning or balding and naturalness to recipient areas on the scalp The FUE procedure is minimally invasive with permanent results. FUE results will leave patients with a great natural looking hairline.
Scarring and Aftercare For FUE Hair Transplants
FUE hair transplantation scars are minimal. The scars resemble tiny red dots and typically heal within a few days. Hair growth will cover the scars and are therefore not visible within a few months.
FUE transplant aftercare is very important. The hair transplant team from the FUE clinics will provide each patient with clear instructions on how to care for their scalp post-treatment. Patients are required to follow all instructions. It is critical to prevent infection and also to provide the best possible outcome from the hair transplant. Typical aftercare instructions include:
- Placing an ice pack on your forehead to reduce swelling.
- Always sleep with your head elevated by sleeping in a reclining chair or by keeping your head propped up with pillows until the scalp is fully healed. If the graft is located on the lower crown, it is recommended to keep your head elevated and sleep on your side.
- Avoid washing or disrupting grafts for 24 hours following hair transplant surgery.
- When instructed to wash hair, wash by hand gently but not in the shower, with the cleansing product your doctor has recommended. A shower can be used with low-pressure approximately four days after surgery.
- Avoid excessive sweating, excessive heat, and excessive cold to allow your scalp to heal properly. Stay indoors for a couple of days following surgery and wear a loose-fitting hat when you go outdoors to protect your scalp from sun exposure. Avoid any pressure on the scalp.
- Patients should avoid strenuous activities for approximately one month following surgery. Strenuous activities can cause swelling, sweating, loss of grafts, and bleeding.
- Never pick or scratch your scalp. Picking or scratching can cause infection and graft loss. Do not lift heavy items or bend over, and this can cause bleeding. Always blow your nose gently.
- Get lots of rest following surgery to promote healthy healing. You will recover faster and better when you take proper care of yourself and your scalp.
FUE hair transplant recovery totally depends on how well you take care of yourself and follow post-treatment instructions.
Most FUE clinics take FUE before and after pictures so patients can see the amazing results that the FUE transplant has provided them with.
FUE Versus FUT
These are the two primary methods used for extracting hair follicles for transplantation. FUE (Follicular unit extraction) and FUT (Follicular unit transplantation) similarly offer completely natural-looking results. The difference between the two methods is the way the graft is extracted and the scarring. FUE transplants involve the removal of individual hair follicles, whereas FUT involves the removal of strips of skin and hair follicles. FUE transplants leave tiny dots like scars, and FUT transplants will leave long, thin scarring. FUE procedures do not involve stitches; FUT procedures typically involve stitching of the donor site. FUE is typically more expensive than FUT as it is much more labor-intensive. FUE or FUT is an individual choice based on the recommendation of the surgeon.
FUE Versus DHI
DHI hair transplant methods involve extracting hair follicles from the donor area using a micro motor, and a pen-like device is used to transplant them into the recipient site. The pen-like device contains a hollow needle. The difference between FUE and DHI hair transplant methods are:
- The technique used for hair transplantation
- DHI does not require shaving the head; FUE requires shaving the recipient site.
- DHI involves transplanting the hair follicles within 1-2 minutes following the extraction, FUE transplants involve the hair follicles staying out of the scalp for longer periods.
- DHI is a longer procedure due to required precision.
FUE or FUT or DHI, the decision is made between you and your surgical team.