About Follicular unit extraction (FUE):
Follicular unit extraction (FUE), a method of hair transplant, involves removing individual hair follicles and moving them to another area of your body that has less hair.
FUE is now more popular than follicular units transplantation (FUT), which has led to “hair plugs”.
Micropunches are used by surgeons to remove single follicles from the body and then move them. There is almost no evidence of extraction.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) Safety
FUE is safe and has minor side effects. For example, tiny white scarring where the follicles were removed. There may be tissue death or infection after FUE surgery is performed in rare cases.
Some side effects may temporarily occur, but these symptoms usually disappear within a few days. Side effects include swelling, bruising and sensitivity.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) Convenience:
FUE can be done over several days in multiple sessions of 2 to 4 hours. A “mega session” can last from 10 to 12 hours in rare cases.
FUE can be done outpatient so you are usually able to go home immediately after the procedure.
After FUE, you don’t need to disrupt your daily life. For about a week, you shouldn’t submerge the area in water nor do any strenuous exercise.
A hair transplant can be performed by almost any surgeon. A dermatologist who is trained in hair transplant surgery or specializes in hair loss may be a good choice.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Cost:
The cost of hair transplants ranges from $3,500 to $18,000 per session.
Costs can vary depending on the amount of hair being transplanted as well as how experienced your surgeon.
FUE Hair Transplant Effectiveness:
In general, hair transplants to a new part of your body usually begin growing back within 3-4 months.
The transplanted hair will grow back at a rate of between 10 and 80 percent.
What is FUE hair transplant?
Follicular unit extraction (FUE), hair transplants involve removing individual hair follicles from your skin and placing them elsewhere on your body. This will make the new hair appear thicker.
FUE was developed to replace “classic” Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). This involved removing a whole section of the scalp or skin and then transplanting it to the desired area.
FUE is more popular than FUT, as it is less likely to cause a “hairplug” effect where parts of the skin or hair are not in line with the rest. FUT leaves a scar, but FUE doesn’t.
A FUE hair transplant candidate who is bald or has thin hair is the best candidate.
If you don’t have enough hair that is healthy and thick to transplant to the area where it is thinning or balding, then you may not be eligible to receive a FUE transplant.
What is the cost of a FUE hair-transplant?
FUE hair transplants cost between $3,500 to $18,000 per session. Multiple sessions can cost as much as $50,000.
FUE hair transplants are expensive because of:
- How much hair is removed and transplanted
- How many surgeons are in your area for this procedure?
- How often your surgeon can perform FUE Hair Transplants
- How experienced and in-demand your surgeon may be
Because most insurance policies don’t cover such cosmetic procedures, you’ll probably have to pay out-of-pocket for FUE hair transplants.
Prescription medications for pain and other side effects may also be required.
When calculating the cost, you should consider how much time you will need to take off work for your recovery. This could mean that you will need to spend 3-4 days at home. Many companies won’t pay for hair transplants if they have medical leave policies.
What is a FUE hair-transplant?
As we age, the three-phase cycle for hair growth and regrowth becomes shorter until hairs stop growing back.
Every person is unique. Some people begin to bald in their 20s while others go bald later in life.
FUE hair transplants are a way to restore hair by replacing the old follicles and replacing them with new ones that can still grow hair.
The transplant will nourish the follicles and allow them to grow hair in areas that were previously bald or thin.
Procedure for FUE Hair Transplant
Here’s How FUE Hair Transplant works:
The surgeon will trim the hair around the transplant site and in the area where the follicles are to be removed.
They will use a micropunch instrument to remove hair follicles.
The surgeon will then make several small incisions using a needle or another small, sharp tool to insert the extracted follicles.
They will insert the follicles through the incisions.
The surgeon will then clean the area and apply bandages to aid in recovery.
Treatment areas that are targeted
Most FUE hair transplants are performed on the scalp.
You can also have them done on other parts of your body, where there is no hair or thinness. FUE can also be performed on your legs, arms, and even the genital region.
Are there side effects or risks?
A FUE hair transplant will not cause any scarring, except for tiny white dots at the site where the follicles were removed. They may eventually fade.
If you experience any of these rare side effects, consult your doctor immediately.
- Drainage or crust around the area where surgery was performed
- Swelling or pain around the surgery site
- Follicle swelling (folliculitis).
- The surgery site may experience bleeding.
- Numbness or tingling around the surgery site
- Transplanted hair that isn’t like the surrounding hair
- Even after the transplant, balding and thinning can continue
What to Expect After a FUE Hair Transplant
FUE recovery is fast. For approximately 3 days, you may experience some swelling and discomfort.
These are some instructions that your doctor might give you aftercare:
- For at least three days, don’t shower or wash your hair.
- For a few weeks, use gentle, unscented shampoos once you have started washing your hair.
- To speed up healing, take a few days off from work.
- For at least three weeks, don’t comb your hair or brush it.
- You should not wear hats, beanie’s or any other clothing that is too high up until your doctor approves.
- For at least one week, avoid any strenuous exercise.
- During the healing process, some hairs might fall out. This is normal. After 3 to 4 months, you’ll likely notice a change.
- Your transplanted hair might not grow as thick as you expected, depending on how healthy it is.