Hair loss in men is a condition where there is a certain area on their scalp that resists to the action of androgens. Commonly, hair loss happens at the area of the vertex, forehead, and temples. It can happen at any age.
FUE hair transplants stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. It is a minimally invasive technique in which they transfer hair follicles from a donor area to the recipient area. The donor area is an area on their head that is not prone to hair loss. The recipient area is the area of the scalp that has no hair follicles, hair is thin, or the area is bald.
Generally, they harvest the hair follicles from the back and side of your head. The type of graft and number will vary. It will depend on:
- Quality of hair
- Type of hair
- Size of the recipient area
How it works
When you have a FUE hair transplant, they will extract an optimal number of hair follicles from the donor area. This is done by using a FUE hair extractor, which is smaller than 1 mm in diameter. Once this is done, the recipient area will be prepared and the graft will be prepped before it is inserted. In order to plant the hair, the doctor will create slits or holes in your scalp with a scalpel and needle.
The hair follicles will be then planted into the recipient area using micro insertion. These hair follicles will need to be implanted at the correct angle. It needs to be similar to the old hair to allow for natural growth. Over time, the hair from the graft will fall out and look like nothing was done. You may expect to see noticeable growth three to four months after having the procedure done.
Benefits of FUE hair transplant
- It insures natural-looking results
- It is a minimally invasive procedure
- Because no stitches were used, there is fast recovery
- Minimal discomfort
- Your hairline will be permanent, stronger, and thicker.
- Less to no visible scarring
Once you have the FUE hair transplant, there are things that you should not do.
- On your scalp you are not to do any rubbing, stretching, scrubbing or any physical aggressive actions
- For the first few day, sleep carefully and avoid direct sunlight
After the local anesthetic wears off, you may experience some scalp itching and pain. Within a week, the pain will go away as the wound heals. You may see some swelling at the recipient and donor site due to the hair follicles being removed and then transplanted. Your doctor may give you some pain medications, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotics.
You may notice after the FUE hair transplant, there a bunch of tiny holes on the donor area but within a couple of days, they will close up. After having thee FUE hair transplant, it will usually take about six to eight days of recovery time. The procedure can take up to eight hours.