Overview

Rather than removing a strip from the donor area to obtain hair grafts, very fine holes [1 to 1.25mm]are made in the back and side of the scalp that don't exceed 1mm in diameter. While this method will produce far more scarring than the standard strip technique, this additional scarring is far LESS VISIBLE and is therefore more attractive to many patients.

FUE can be used solely as means to recreate hairlines and cover bald skin, or it can be used in conjunction with the standard strip procedure to increase the number of grafts obtainable during a single surgery without increasing the size of the strip scar. FUE may also be used as a means to repair scarring from older obsolete hair transplant surgeries.

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can benefit a limited subset of patients in a hair restoration practice. The Procedure involves the direct extraction of the follicular units from a patient's donor area using a small 1mm punch. At this time, approximately 60% of patients are candidates for this procedure, and the procedure itself is practical in individuals who require less than 600 grafts at a sitting. Healing is quick, scarring is virtually nonexistent, and discomfort in the donor area has been virtually eliminated.

FAQ's

  • Are hair transplantation results everlasting?

    Since the hair used in hair restoration surgery comes from the donor area, which is not sensitive to the balding process, it will be long-lasting. This hair will retain its genetic characteristics even after relocation. It will grow and continue to grow for the rest of your life.

  • Why are so few physicians performing all micro follicular unit hair transplantation?

    It's known that using small follicular unit grafts of 1 to 4 hairs and large sessions of 1200-2000 grafts is the ideal procedure for a patient who wants to achieve the most natural result with the least number of sessions.

    As beneficial as it is for the patient, it is equally unappealing for the physician performing the hair transplantation procedure. This procedure requires the physician to be more detailed and exact, both in the cutting and placing of the graft. It is more labour intensive and takes longer.

  • How much Hair Transplantation will I need?

    How much work you will need depends on various factors - such as, how much hair loss you have now, the amount of hair loss you will have in time, and your goals and expectations - or how thick you need it to be. This can only be determined through a consultation session.

  • What about medical treatment?

    While Propecia and Rogaine have been proven to re-grow hair, they will not grow all your hair back. Both products have not been proven to grow any significant hair in the frontal temple area, which is the main area of concern for most people. Their greatest benefit seems to be in slowing down hair loss.

  • What about hair cloning?

    Perhaps some day hair transplantation physicians will be able to clone hair follicles from a patient's donor area. This could potentially allow a patient a virtually unlimited supply of balding resistant donor hair. This would be of particular value to patients who have very little donor hair available for hair transplanting. Although this potential advancement is exciting, it is currently only in the early test stages.

  • What should I expect post-operatively?

    Although, there is normally no extensive pain related to chin implantation, pain medication is prescribed beforehand. Your surgeon may also suggest pharmaceutical grade Arnica montana or Bromelain to reduce swelling and bruising. You may feel a degree of numbness that should disappear within 1 to 3 months. You may continue to wear a support brace while you sleep to allow your tissues and implant to heal in the desired position and prevent shifting in the first few weeks, Don't be alarmed at the presence of bruising and swelling. The swelling will begin to disappear within the first 5-7 days. Many patients return to work with the help of camouflaging cosmetics at about 5 days post-op. The swelling resembles inflammation of wisdom teeth or their removal and sometimes this excuse is used at the office. Although please realize that the swelling may be apparent for months and the defined, chiseled look that you so desire may not become evident for quite a while. Things to be alarmed about that are not normal Temperature elevation greater than 101 degrees Sudden swelling or sudden discoloration Hemorrhage Increasing redness and tenderness of the wound edges indicating infection Allergic reaction to drugs Shifting of the implant

  • Is hair transplantation surgery painful?

    The discomfort associated with hair transplantation surgery is usually comparable to that of dental surgery. Pain medication is always offered, though its use is limited generally to the first 24 hours after surgery.

  • Will my hair require special care after hair transplantation?

    Your newly restored hair will grow and require the same maintenance as your original head of hair. It's your hair and can be washed, coloured, and trimmed any way you choose.

*Disclaimer - Results may vary from person to person.