Follicular Unit Extraction
- Follicular unit extraction or known as FUE in short is a modern and most effective type of hair transplant. FUE hair transplantation is done by taking individual hair follicles from your skin and moving them to another part of your body where the hair’s thinner.
- FUE was meant to replace the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) technique. This FUT procedure was done by taking an entire piece of skin or scalp along with the follicles and transplanting the skin on the target area .this leaves a scare.
- FUE procedure is done leaving behind almost no signs of extraction b/c of the use of micro punches to extract single follicles and move them,., so if you are someone with thinning hair or balding who still has enough hair nearby to use for a transplant. You are the best candidate for FUE hair transplantation.
Is FUE safe?
- The FUE procedure is considered safe with minor possible side effects, such as tiny white scars where follicles were extracted. In extremely rare cases, there can be infection or tissue death where the surgery was done.You may experience temporary side effects that go away a few days after treatment. Side effects may include swelling, bruising, and sensitivity.
How does FUE work?
Your surgeon will shave down the hair in the area where follicles will be removed as well as around the transplant area. Using a micro punch tool, they will remove follicles from your skin.Your surgeon will then make a series of tiny incisions with a needle or other small, sharp tool where the extracted follicles will be inserted. Your surgeon will clean and bandage the area for recoveryThey’ll insert the follicles into the incisions.
How does FUE work?
You won’t experience any scars from an FUE hair transplant other than tiny white dots where follicles were taken out. These may fade over time.
- infection symptoms
- follicle swelling (folliculitis)
- bleeding from the surgery site
- numbness or tingling near the surgery site
- drainage or crust where the surgery was done
- pain or swelling around the surgery site
- transplanted hair that doesn’t look like the hair around it
- balding or thinning continues even after the transplant
See your doctor if you notice any of the rare side effects:
How to Prepare for a FUE hair transplant
Here are some things you may need to do before getting a FUE hair transplant:
- Don’t smoke for at least a day before your surgery.
- Don’t take aspirin or blood thinners for about 2 weeks before your surgery.
- Don’t take any vitamins or dietary supplements for 2 weeks before your surgery.
- Don’t drink alcohol for at least 3 days before your surgery.
- Try to avoid taking antidepressants for about 2 weeks before surgery.
- Don’t get your hair cut before the surgery.
- Do a scalp massage 10 to 30 minutes every day for a few weeks to increase blood flow to your scalp.
- Take any medications, such as minoxidil (Rogaine), that your surgeon asks you to take.
- Have an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood tests done before surgery.
What to expect after a FUE hair transplant
Recovery from FUE is quick. You may have some swelling or discomfort for about 3 days.
Here are some aftercare instructions your doctor may give you:
- Don’t wash your hair or shower for at least 3 days.
- Use gentle, unscented shampoos for a few weeks once you start washing your hair.
- Take a couple of days off work to help speed up healing.
- Don’t comb or brush your new hair for at least 3 weeks.
- Don’t wear hats, beanies, or other clothing that goes over your head until your doctor says it’s OK.
- Don’t do any strenuous physical activity for at least a week.
Some hairs may fall out during the healing process. This is normal. You’ll probably start to notice a difference after 3 to 4 months.
Depending on the health of your transplanted hair, your hair may not grow back as thick as expected.