Follicular Unit Extration (FUE) is is the modern technique of extracting individual hair follicles from a donor part of the body (usually the sides and back of the head). Extracted follicles are implanted in hair loss affected areas. FUE is a more advanced method of hair transplants than previous techniques like strip harvesting transplantation or FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). FUE method is not leaving any distinctive scars, or any noticeable changes (other than a renewed lease of life for your hair)
Before FUE Procedure
Consultation at our clinic is very important where we diagnose and determine conditions of our candidate. Hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth and density at the back and sides of the head to serve as donor areas. Donor areas are the places on the head from which grafts and flaps are taken. Other factors, such as hair colour, skin complexion, texture and waviness or curliness may also affect the cosmetic result. There are a number of techniques used in hair replacement surgery. Sometimes, two or more techniques are used to achieve the best results.
In order for us to provide you with the highest quality medical care, the following instructions are very important for you to follow:
- If you are older than 45 years of age, we will require to receive your ECG (not older than two weeks) around two weeks before the date you’re booked for
- 14 days before your scheduled procedure do NOT take Aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Nurofen etc.) as they will increase bleeding.
- 14 days before your scheduled do NOT take tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitors (Isocarboxazid, Marplan, phenelzine (Nardil, Nardelzine) tranylcypromine (Parnate, Sicoton), Deprenyl, selegiline hydrochloride, 5 HTP, Amitriptyline, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Buropion, Buropion HCL, Fluoxetin, EFFEXOR® XR, etc..), beta blockers(Propanolol, etc..), blood thinners
- 14 days before your scheduled procedure do NOT take any multivitamins including vitamin E and vitamin B, any food supplements and herbal products (Gingko, etc.) as they will increase bleeding.
- 7 days before your scheduled procedure STOP using Minoxidil (Regaine, Rogaine)
- 7 days before your scheduled procedure try to avoid any drinking of alcoholic beverages
- 24 hours before your scheduled procedure try to avoid any smoking of tobacco products as smoking will slow down healing.
- The morning of your procedure take a bath or shower and wash your hair thoroughly using regular shampoo. After shampooing, please rinse thoroughly and use a fresh clean towel to dry your hair.
- The morning of your procedure do NOT apply sprays or gels to your hair. If you wear a hairpiece or a hair system, please make sure it’s removed prior to your morning shower and not replaced before your procedure.
- The morning of your procedure eat something light for breakfast, but do NOT drink any coffee or any other caffeinated beverages.
- The morning of your procedure you’re advised to wear a shirt that unbuttons or other clothing that is loose enough around the neck, to avoid accidentally touching your head while putting your clothes back on after the procedure.
- Preparing the Donor Area Read More
- First, we diagnose the recipient areas and work on customized solution in order to achieve the most natural-looking hairline possible for you.
- Next, we trim the hair in your donor area to facilitate the identification and removal of strong, healthy donor hairs.
- Removing and Preparing the Hair Follicles
- Once the donor area is prepared, follicular unit extraction can begin. During the process, individual follicles are removed under local anaesthesia.
- While the local anaesthetic is injected into the donor area of the scalp, the anaesthetic does sting a little but is quite bearable and goes numb very quickly. During the surgery patient experience NO PAIN at all. You will be perfectly awake and can chat to the surgeon during the process.
- The extraction procedure utilises a micro surgical extraction instrument, between 0.6mm and 1.0mm in diameter, to remove the follicles. Desired number of hairs are extracted one by one from it. They are carefully harvested in a spread pattern to minimize the visual decreasing of density in the donor area.
- Follicular unit grafts are arranged into groups depending on the number of hairs in each follicle (1-4 hairs are commonly found within each follicular unit).
- Based on your specific hair loss pattern, we map out the optimal placement of each follicular unit group in order to achieve the most natural-looking results.
- Placing the Follicular Units
- When the follicular grafts are ready, we make small incisions in your recipient area that match your natural hair growth pattern.
- The follicular grafts are then strategically placed one by one, according to the number of hairs within each follicle, in order to maximize the naturalness, density and coverage of the thinning areas. This is where the experience and artistry of BARBHUSH HAIR CLINIC surgeons is on site.
- Healing and Hair Growth
- The tiny incisions left behind after the follicular units are extracted will heal completely in a few days.
- Three months after the procedure, you should begin to notice new hair growth.
- After six months, you should notice significant regrowth, at which point your native and transplanted hair will continue to grow naturally.
HOW LONG DOES OPERATION TAKE?
The length of time for an FUE procedure can vary, but it usually depends on how many grafts are needed. However, a larger procedure of around 2,500 to 3,000 grafts will require a session that stretches over two days (1st Day – Operation process, 2nd Day – Postoperative Check up)
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER?
As individual follicles are removed, it only leaves small, puncture scars, which are practically invisible to the naked eye. There is hardly any post-surgical pain and discomfort – with the average recovery time being less than 7 days. There is usually no pain after the procedure but you have to avoid touching and sweating excessively on your recipient site so it is best if you can take it easy for the first couple days after the procedure. Also be prepared for special hair washing instructions and advice on shampoos to use for the first 2 weeks in order to speed up the healing process.
HOW LOND DOES RESULTS LAST?
Once you have undergone FUE, the results are permanent. While the initial transplanted hair will shed a few weeks after treatment, it will grow back strong and healthy.
After FUE Procedure
It is really important to follow our post operative instructions, while we want to ensure you get the best results from your procedure. Your transplanted hair is your precious. Therefore you have to be very careful with every step you take for the first few days.
Here you can read is happening after the procedure:
- There is usually no pain after the procedure but you have to avoid touching and sweating excessively on your recipient site so it is best if you can take it easy for the first couple days after the procedure. You will be given medications, such as a mild steroid (anti-swelling), a painkiller and an antibiotic (anti-infection) right after the operation. You will be also instructed when and how often to take them.
- 2 Days after the procedure bandage from the donor area will be removed and we will place headband over your head to mitigate swell coming down to the face area.
- 4th Day after the procedure will be the first day when you will do a special hair washing. We will give you instructions and advice on shampoos to use for the first 2 weeks in order to speed up the healing process.
- Airplane pillow is the best alternative to keep your head in fixed position during the sleep on your back. It is recommend to use it for the first 10 – 14 days to avoid any contact with area where the hair grafts were placed (recipient site).
- FUE is a minimally invasive hair restoration technique, but you still have to expect a bit of redness which will occur both in the recipient area and the donor area. It will disappear in a couple of days, depending on the individual’s skin tone and healing process.