Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE Hair Transplant)

What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

FUE is a hair transplant technique used to treat hair loss and baldness. Individual hair follicles are extracted from a donor area, usually the back or sides of the scalp, and implanted into the recipient area where hair growth is desired.

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is an older hair transplant technique that involves removing a strip of scalp from the donor area and dissecting it into individual follicular units for transplantation. The donor area is then sutured or stapled to close the wound, often leaving a scar and requiring a longer recovery period.

Dr. Shah only performs FUE hair transplantation. He believes, due to advancements in technology, this is a more appropriate option for most alopecia patients providing better long-term cosmesis.

What happens during FUE hair transplant?

Immediately post-op FUE hair transplant surgery

Consultation: The process begins with a consultation. Dr. Shah will assess your hair loss condition, examine potential donor and recipient areas, and determine if you are a candidate for FUE.

Preparation: Before the procedure, the donor area is trimmed to facilitate the extraction of hair follicles. The donor area will be anesthetized with local anesthesia to alleviate any discomfort during the extraction process.

Extraction: Dr. Shah uses a specialized instrument to extract individual hair follicles from the donor area. Each follicular unit typically contains one to four hairs. The extraction process involves making scoring incisions around the follicular units and gently removing them from the scalp.

Recipient Area Preparation: After the extraction, the recipient area where the extracted follicles will be implanted is prepared. This area is also numbed with local anesthesia.

Implantation: Using a fine needle or a blade, Dr. Shah creates small incisions in the recipient area.  The extracted hair follicles are carefully inserted into these incisions, ensuring proper angle and orientation to achieve a natural-looking result.

Post-Transplant Care: After your transplantation is complete, Dr. Shah and his staff will provide instructions for post-operative care. This typically includes guidelines for keeping the scalp clean, avoiding trauma, and using over-the-counter pain medications.

When will I see the results after FUE?

Over time, the transplanted hair follicles integrate into their new location and begin growing hair in the recipient area. The hair shaft from the newly transplanted follicles is usually shed within 2-4 weeks, while the follicle remains intact underneath the scalp.

New hair growth typically begins within a few months. It can take several months to a year for the full results of the FUE hair transplant to become visible.

Advantages of FUE:

  • No linear scar: FUE does not leave a linear scar at the donor site. Instead, it leaves tiny, dot-like scars that are less noticeable.
  • Less invasive: FUE is a less invasive procedure compared to FUT and it does not involve sutures or staples for wound closure.
  • Faster recovery: Since FUE is less invasive, the recovery time is shorter and patients can resume regular activities sooner.
  • Suitable for patients with limited donor hair: FUE allows the surgeon to target specific hair follicles, making it a viable option for patients with limited donor hair.

BKS Hair Restoration

Bhumik Shah, MD
807 N Haddon Ave, Suite 2
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Phone: (856) 470-1398

 

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