Follicular Unit Excision, or FUE, is a popular procedure to harvest donor’s hair.
Hair is important to us all; it is one of the first things people look at when they see us, and many of us feel more confident and even more attractive, when we have a full head of healthy hair. Because hair is so important, the medical world has been striving hard over the years to find procedures – both surgical and non-invasive – to help those with hair loss problems restore their self-esteem and confidence.
FUE Hair Transplant Procedure
During the surgery (which is performed under local anaesthesia, making the procedure almost painless) small, circular incisions are made in the skin around each follicle unit to separate it from the tissue surrounding it. Then, each unit is extracted from the scalp, leaving a tiny, open hole.
Depending upon how much hair the transplant surgeon deems necessary for the hair restoration to be successful, the above process is repeated, and this can take anything from a couple of hours, to a couple of days for larger sessions. The holes left behind from the extractions are tiny, at just 1mm in diameter, and often take as little as a week to ten days to completely heal. All that is left once the holes have healed are barely visible white scars buried in the hair at the back and sides of the scalp.
The patient is provided pre-op and post-op instructions two weeks before the procedure. On the day of the procedure we preferably trim the hair using a zero-trimmer, the head of the patient is then marked, the areas for hair implantation with a blue marker and the areas for hair extraction with a red marker. The patient is then given a local anaesthetic injection. The patients are normally offered one thousand to three thousand grafts as per requirement. The grafts for the forelock, crown and head are taken from the occipital area using a manual or motorized punch, whereas the grafts for the front hairline are taken from the parietal areas. The grafts are placed in a Petri dish as collected and separated into singles hair(s), doubles and triples. The singles are used for the front hair line and the rest are used for the forelock, crown and rest of the head. The hair are stored at 8-10 degrees centigrade as the Hair Surgeon makes multiple tiny incisions for the grafts to be later implanted by forceps in those incisions. The whole procedure takes approximately eight to twelve hours depending upon number of grafts offered. Post op instructions provided after procedure and patient is reviewed at one month, three months, six months, and twelve months post procedure. Pictures from multiple views are taken pre and post procedure, and then at twelve months post procedure.
Is FUE Hair Transplant The Right Procedure For You?
Since scarring after the procedure is minimal, those wishing to wear their hair in a short style might find this method of transplantation advantageous, as may those who wish to resume physical activities such as sports, as soon as possible after surgery, or who have a poorly healed scalp from undergoing other transplant methods.
Since the entire donor area must be shaved if a patient is undergoing a large session of FUE, there may be some who find this problematic from a cosmetic standpoint, but it’s important to remember that this will be a short-term concern.
Five Reasons to Consider Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery has developed into a popular and safe procedure that many people with hair loss issues turn to, and below are 5 of the top reasons why it might be beneficial for you:
1. Long term results
The grafting that occurs during hair transplant surgery, allows hair to grow naturally in that area for years to come, making the procedure one that you do not need to repeat frequently.
2. It is your own hair on your own head!
While there are other options for those who have lost some, or all of their hair, such as wigs, hair transplant surgery encourages your own hair to grow back naturally, and when given the choice, wouldn’t you rather have your own hair on your head?
3. Safe and effective for people of all ages
It’s not just older people who experience hair loss; there are a number of genetic disorders and conditions that can cause young people to lose their hair, too, and incredibly, hair transplant surgery has been known to correct some of these conditions so that they never occur again.
4. Your confidence will be boosted
Whether we like it or not, how we look can have a profound effect upon how we feel, and everybody deserves to feel good about themselves. If you’re experiencing hair loss and your confidence is at an all-time low, transplant surgery will help restore your hair and give your self-esteem a much-deserved boost.
5. Success rates are sky high
Thanks in part to the advancement of medical procedures, and the sheer brilliance of today’s experienced and dedicated medical professionals and surgeons, hair transplants have an amazing track record, and there are millions of satisfied customers all over the world. Safe, and with no serious side-effects, don’t you want to discover what a hair transplant could do for you?
So, if you’re experiencing hair loss that is having a negative impact on your life, why not talk to a medical professional about the many benefits of hair transplant surgery, and take the first steps on a journey to rediscover yourself, or even invent yourself as someone new!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do to get started?
Firstly, you will be asked for a photo, or a one-to-one consultation.
How much does a hair loss consultation cost?
At our clinic, we perform two types of consultations; one is for Male Patterned Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia), while for females we use the Comprehensive Hair LossEvaluation. You can find pricing details below.
Is there a right time to undergo a hair transplant procedure?
If hair loss is causing you significant anxiety, then a transplant procedure might be right for you; it is not always necessary to wait until your hair loss has reached a progressive phase.
Who performs hair loss consultations at our clinic?
Each professional hair loss consultation is carried out by our certified hair transplant surgeons to ensure you receive the best, medically qualified guidance.
Will the doctor who performed the consultation, also perform the surgical procedure?
Yes, to ensure continuity and the best possible results.
Does the consultation last long?
On average, consultations last around 30 minutes, but much will depend upon the complexity of your hair loss. You may also have a lot of questions, and as we always make time for those during the consultation, it could last up to an hour. We will never rush you and want you to be fully aware of everything about the hair transplantation process, so if you need to chat with us for longer, you will be welcome to.
Our Hair Transplant Surgeons
Elena Prousskaia is very proud to be partnering with some of the most experienced and renowned surgeons in their field.
Our surgeons will give the optimum advice on your procedure ensuring the best possible outcomes and safety for each patient.
The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.
The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.
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