What is FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of hair transplantation based on the collection of hair follicles in the donor region one by one without creating a linear incision. The harvested follicular unit grafts can be removed directly from the back and sides of the scalp. This minimally invasive method of removing and implanting hair follicles one by one is an advanced hair transplantation method that offers maximum density without causing any linear scarring in the donor area.
Before the surgery
First things, an online consultation (between you and FUE Hair Transplant specialist) will be conducted –this is done to make sure that you’re a suitable candidate for the hair transplant surgery. You will be asked to send some pictures of your face and head (from the top, front, left, right, and back angles). After a Hair Transplant specialist reviews your pictures, you will be told the approximate number of grafts that you need.
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your hair transplant surgeon. Part of the discussions will be about your expectations and goals. After this, the surgeon will make an illustration of what to expect by drawing marks of your new hairline.
To make you feel comfortable during the surgery, your surgeon will give you local anesthesia.
When the preparation phase is done, your surgeon will start the procedure. Expect your surgeon to follow these steps during the surgery:
Extracting of the grafts:
While you are still anesthetized, your surgeon will extract hair grafts one by one, then he/she will place them in a container filled with a special solution that helps keep the grafts alive.
Making the incisions:
Upon completing the extraction process, your surgeon (or a team of expert technicians) will begin to make incisions – on the recipient area – using a microblade and 0.6 to 1.0 mm special micro punches. The incisions will determine the growth direction of the hair, and they will have an angle to make a consistent pattern for a natural look.
Implantation of the grafts:
Hair grafts are inserted into the recipient area soon after the incisions are made. Hair transplant surgery can take between 4 and 8 hours, and it is performed on the same day. To avoid boredom, we have seen some patients read a book, watch a movie, or take a nap during the surgery. Considering that the surgery is quite lengthy, you will have breaks during the surgery.
Patients must follow post-operative instructions to ensure optimal healing and growth of the transplanted hair.
The night of your hair transplant and for the next few nights, you are encouraged to sleep with your head elevated on pillows. Medication is given for sleep and pain (if needed). Antibiotics are generally not required. The morning after your hair transplant surgery, you will remove the headband and shower and shampoo your scalp three times (morning, noon, and night) — just for the first day.
You should avoid alcohol for three days following your hair replacement procedure and abstain from smoking for two weeks. When in strong sunlight, you should wear a hat. After two weeks you may use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30+.
Generally, patients can resume their normal daily routine almost immediately. Exercise can be started the second day following your procedure. For the first 10 days, you should avoid any activities that rub or put direct pressure on your scalp.