If you struggle with hair loss and have recently visited a doctor, you have likely heard about the methods available to you that could help prevent or reverse the problem. One of the options most highly recommended is a follicular unit extraction, otherwise known as an FUE. Nearly 93% of the members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery have performed an FUE on their patients. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about how FUE works.
What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?
FUE is a procedure performed by trusted medical professionals to transplant healthy hair follicles into areas of the head that either thinning or suffering from baldness. Doctors take healthy hair follicles from the patient’s body.
If possible, the doctor prefers to use hair from the scalp, typically located on either the sides or back of the head. Your doctor will remove healthy hair follicles from these areas and then transplant them to the areas that are affected. Although this process could take a while, the results are more natural than strip surgery.
What Is The Process Like?
Your doctor will begin by applying a local anesthetic. Then, your doctor will remove individual follicles, typically one to four at a time. Your doctor will do so with a microextraction instrument that is no more than a millimeter in diameter.
After your doctor has removed the follicles, he or she will use microneedles to make tiny holes in the affected areas of your scalp. Your doctor will then transplant then healthy follicles into these punctures marks. When doing so, your doctor should do everything possible to ensure that they transplant looks like a realistic hair pattern. To do so, they’ll consider criteria such as the:
- Original hair color
- Angle of the hair
- Density of the hair
What Is The Timeline For The Procedure?
The length of time required for a successful FUE treatment depends on how many follicles your doctor needs to transplant. Patients have the option to complete the treatment during one extended sitting. They also could choose to complete the procedure over the course of several shorter sessions. Sessions that require a few thousand grafts could stretch over the course of two days.
Most patients do not report any pain with this procedure. On average, patients tend to make a full recovery in less than a week. There is no noticeable scarring from FUE procedures. Additionally, the results of the process are permanent.
Looking To Learn More About FUE?
No matter if you have recently noticed that your hair is thinning, have been bald for years, or are worried that male pattern baldness runs in your family, be sure to contact The Youth Foundation in Freehold today. For years, we have helped our friends and neighbors in the Freehold area rediscover a healthy head of hair.
Nothing makes us happier than seeing the smiles on our patient's faces after we’ve helped to restore their confidence. If you’re a resident of NJ, reach out to us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon.