To determine a good candidate for Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery, the key is to identify the hair loss pattern of the individual. Hair loss can be a normal occurrence to a certain degree that is until you start experiencing severe shedding of hair, balding at worst.
If you start noticing shedding of hair more than usual then you should consider speaking to an expert before it is too late because you need to have some hair on the back and sides of your head to opt for hair transplant. You must generally have good health and also have realistic expectations about the possible outcomes achievable from the aesthetic technique.
AT A GLANCE
Anaesthesia type: Local
Procedure time: 3-10 hours
Recovery time: 2-3 days
How will FUE hair transplant benefit you?
- A non-invasive hair transplant technique involving no stitches or scars.
- Promotes speedy recovery and patients sleep better after surgery.
- Allows extraction of healthy hair follicles from various areas other than your scalp, such as the neck, chest, legs.
- FUE technique is ideal for younger people who require a small number of grafts and do not want scars after the surgery.
- Minimal trauma on the scalp
Both FUT and FUE are equally effective methods for grafting hair naturally, so there is no best method. However, the choice of the option depends on the results desired by the individual as well as the severity of the hair loss issue. The best options for you must be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation as the result you achieve will be heavily dependent on the choice of treatment.
Here are some things you need to consider:
- Expect scars on the donor area with the FUT technique as strips of flesh are removed.
- FUE hair transplant involves removing individual follicles one at a time and therefore is a long procedure.
- The recovery period is longer after FUT hair transplant as it involves stitches or staples.
- The FUE technique is performed using a small-sized punch and so permits shorter hairstyles after surgery.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with FUE hair transplant surgery.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
FUE hair transplant is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
Ideally FUE hair transplant is recommended to younger people in their 20s who are looking for subtle results. The FUE technique allows the patient to have a shorter hairstyle even after surgery as it leaves no scars behind therefore will have no impact on their self-esteem.
It is also for people who have already had hair transplant previously to avoid more scarring that will already be present from their previous treatment.
The Norwood Scale – Determine Your Hairloss Pattern
FUE hair transplant is a non-invasive procedure that involves extracting individual healthy hair follicles from a bald resistant donor area (usually from the back or the side of the head) and then harvesting them one at a time on the area needed to be treated.
A small sized punch ranging from 0.7 mm to 1.0 mm is used to perform the procedure, therefore, causes minimal trauma on the scalp and the technique involves no stitches or scarring.
During the procedure, if a lot of healthy follicular units are required for the hair transplant then the whole head will be trimmed down. If not, only thin strips of hair will be shaved without needing a whole haircut. FUE hair transplant is carried out under local anaesthesia to provide maximum safety optimisation, minimal pain throughout, and less bleeding.
Once the operation is done, two days after you will see the new hairline and may have a bit of swelling and soreness however as days pass this will be reduced and then eventually will pass.
A couple weeks after the procedure you may experience some of the transplanted hairs to fall out which is completely normal although if bleeding occurs then it is advised to check back with the surgeon.
Results will start the show from the hair transplant after about a month but the full results may not be shown until up to six months later.
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Am I an ideal candidate for FUE hair transplant?
FUE is ideally for those who do not want any visible scars and may go for shorter hairstyles after surgery. People who have gone completely bald can also opt for FUE hair transplant as healthy follicles can also be taken from other areas such as the neck, chest, legs, etc. but may need more sessions to achieve good results.
How is FUE hair transplant performed?
During the procedure, if a lot of healthy follicular units are required for the hair transplant then the whole head will be trimmed down. The procedure will be carried out under local anaesthesia for a pleasing experience throughout. The FUE technique involves extracting individual healthy hair follicles from a donor area and then harvesting them one at a time on the area needed to be treated.
Is FUE hair transplant a solution for hair loss?
The result may not be necessary due to various factors but is known to be very long lasting for majority of people.
What is the recovery period like?
Expect swelling and soreness however as days pass this will be reduced and then eventually will pass. Results will start the show from the hair transplant after a bout a month but the full results may not be shown until up to 6 months later.
What are the complications associated with the procedure?
You can expect some soreness, swelling and discomfort which should ease within a week. Infection may also occur that could reverse the effects of the procedure. You may experience possible ‘shock’ of the transplanted hair causing it to fall out.
Will I be left with scars?
FUE hair transplant technique does not involve any cuts on the scalp and therefore you will have no scars after the surgery.
FUE or FUT - which option is right for me?
The question between FUE and FUT is something you need to discuss with your surgeon in a consultation as the result you achieve will be heavily dependent on the choice of treatment. Here are some things you need to consider:
- FUT leaves you with scars in the donor area because strips of flesh are removed.
- FUE is very time consuming due to the fact that singular follicles are removed at one time.
- FUT will involve stitches or staples after the procedure, this means longer healing.
- FUE involves little disks of flesh being removed from the donor area, this is so surgeons are able to get the follicles without leaving scars.