Hair transplant - FUE
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What does FUE mean?
FUE is the abbreviation for Follicular Unit Extraction. In this procedure, the individual hair follicles are removed one by one from various locations on the scalp and transplanted to the problem areas. This video captures the entire process in a nutchell:
Usually it takes about 8 to 12 months to see the initial results of new hair growth:
Using this method, the donor area can be shaved or not.
- Shave: the donor area is shaved, allowing the grafts to be harvested more quickly and efficiently. Baby hairs will also be trimmed.
- No-shave: this is the removal of the hair in its long form, with the patient not having to shave any part of the donor area before the procedure. Only the harvested hair follicles are trimmed short, all other hair remains the same length. The trimmed hair follicles are thus hidden among the remaining full hair. It is also called "unshaven FUE", "non-shaven FUE", "U-FUE (or Undetectable FUE)" or long hair FUE.
We use this method less because it is much more time-consuming and less easy to work with. However, if you are interested to find out more about this method, you read all about it here.
This FUE-method is usually used in the following cases:
- FUE (without shaving): only if you want to treat smaller zones and keep the long hair (max. 1500 grafts)
- FUE (with shaving): especially for large zones (more than 1500 grafts)
- If you have slightly thinner hair.
- If you want a very natural-looking result.
- The FUT-technique (Follical Unit Transplantation) we no longer do, this is an outdated technique. This leaves a large scar.
How does a hair transplant using the FUE method work?
Before your treatment starts, your back of your head will be prepped. Markings are applied, the back of the head is usually shaven down and later on anaesthetised.
Step 1: Defining the hairline and outlining the treatment areas
Based on your feedback, the hair technician will make the necessary outlines on your scalp using a marker.
Step 2: Removal of the grafts
After prepping and locally anaesthetising the donor area, the "harvesting" of the grafts begin. During this phase, you will lie on your frontside and the techincians will use a micro-drill of 0.3 mm, harvesting the grafts one by one. This takes about two hours, depending on how many grafts can or need to be harvested. The removed grafts are checked and prepared for implantation.
Step 3: Opening the incision channels
During this phase, you will lie on your back. This time, the recipient area is locally anaesthetised. In this area, we make incisions in the direction of hair growth.
Step 4: Implanting the grafts
The grafts are implanted back into the incisions one by one.
Step 5: Aftercare
After the hair transplant, your scalp will be treated and bandaged. In addition you will receive useful instructions from our hair technicians on how to take care of your scalp. After a couple of days, you can gently wash your hair.
Advantages of the FUE method
- This method is faster than DHI.
- This method is slightly cheaper than DHI due to lower material costs.
- Lasting results.
- Hardly any visible scars.
- The donor area remains unchanged if you choose the no shave method.
- Very natural result.
- Minimum sensitivity during and after the procedure.
- The maximum number of grafts can be removed.
- No stitches needed.
- Ideal for treating small areas, areas with low hair density or scars.
Possible side effects and disadvantages
- Your head may feel sensitive and be slightly swollen after the treatment.
- In very rare cases, infection may occur. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, we give antibiotics before and after the treatment.
- In rare cases, shock loss may occur, resulting in temporary hair loss. This is because the scalp has been under stress during the treatment.
- For large areas, it is a lengthy process.
- More bleeding is possible as incisions have to be made in the recipient area.
- Slightly more scarring possible compared to the DHI method.
- The quality of the grafts may decrease due to the use of the micro-drill and because it takes longer for them to be implanted again.
Who is not a suitable candidate for a hair transplant with the FUE method?
The FUE method is less suitable for people with very curly, thin or frizzy hair. These fragile hairs are easily damaged in the process.
Those who suffer from the following conditions:
- Low blood pressure
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Blood thinners
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