FUE is the abbreviation for Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant. It is a surgery for people who are going through severe hair loss and wish to have that voluminous hair back on their scalp.The Follicular Unit Extraction is performed by extracting small follicular units, containing one to four hair follicles, from the donor area of the head. This procedure is performed with the help of small micro needles, which are used to punch tiny incisions around each hair follicle before the extraction of hair. This is a long process because the extraction of the follicles is done one at a time. When the extraction is done, the removed follicular unit grafts are transplanted into the bald area of the patient's head. This method is much safer because no long incisions in the donor area are made, so the possibility of scars in the donor area decreases.
This process is ideal for people who like to wear their hair short; it can be adapted by tight scalp patients too.
The very first thing is the anaesthetising of the scalp by the doctor.
Then the doctor will make circular incision of less than 1mm in diameter around the follicular unit on your head so that the graft can be isolated. This incision is performed with the help of micro needles.
For the extraction of follicular units/grafts from the donor area of the head, the tweezers-like instrument is used. Multiple follicular units/grafts are extracted this way.
Before going any further, holes are made in your scalp where you have faced hair loss.
The extracted follicular units are then placed in these holes to gradually start the yielding of the hair.
To avoid any kind of infection, a disinfectant is evenly applied to your head after the procedure.
Follicular Unit Extraction is widely recommended because it has more donor site options. The follicular unit can be extracted from other parts of your body too. This process usually takes 8-10 hours of patient time in which approximately 2000 grafts/units can be transplanted. You may need further sittings if you’ll have the requirement of more number of graft implantation.
After the completion of the hair transplant, your doctor will ask you to wear a headpiece like a cap or a bandana to avoid any complications. This procedure is safe and permanent. You may face heavy hair loss in the beginning, because new follicular units will take some time to adapt but after some time, they will start growing back within 3-6 months.
If you are taking medicines like aspirin that makes your blood thin, then stop taking it a few days before the surgery.
At least one relative/friend is recommended to accompany the patient on the day of the hair transplant procedure.
Say NO to alcohol and smoking for at least 2-3 weeks before your hair transplantation.
Stop all protein shakes and supplements for 7 days before the hair restoration surgery.
Treat your scalp very gently and let your doctor remove the bandage.
Do not consume aspirin or any blood thinners, because it may cause bleeding in the transplanted area.
Use a soft pillow while sleeping and the sleeping position should be correct.
Strictly avoid any strenuous activity for approximately 2-3 weeks.
Abstain from smoking and alcohol for a few days after the surgery.
Always cover your head with a hat or take an umbrella while stepping out of the home.
The biggest advantage of FUE technique is that it allows the patients with poor or limited donor area on the back of the scalp, to extract their hair from other body parts like chest, beard, arms, etc.
It is a stitch-less technique and also a good option for the hair transplant candidates, who want to restore their lost hair with minimal pain and scarring.
As FUE technique does not involve any stitches or incisions, thus it results in shorter recovery time as compared to the FUT method. You can get back to your day-to-day activities after 2-3 days.
The discomfort faced during this process is usually minimal because of local anesthesia and the patients can even listen to music during the surgical procedure. After the extraction of follicular units, the donor area may look more willowy, but there is nothing to worry as you’ll get back to your normal routine within 3-4 days.
Because of the extraction of hair from the patient’s donor area, there is not any risk of infection or side-effects.
Today, the FUE hair transplant cost is affordable to not only for the celebrities but for the common people as well. But in order to get the amazing results in one time, you’ve got to pay a little extra. Although, The cost is also depend upon the number of grafts needed for your hair.
We at HBY understand that the hair transplant candidates always look for the most affordable option but without compromising in the quality of treatment and results. So we are offering them the most competitive solutions with assured hair transplant results.