Could FUE be for you?
FUE is a harvesting technique where the individual grafts are punched or ‘drilled’ out from a shaved area of the donor scalp. Although scars are still produced, they are usually very subtle dots scattered over a large area making it possible to conceal even with a cropped hair cut. It is ideal where the patient needs or favours a shorter hairstyle, such as a No.1 or No.2 cut or any hair charactertistics that make the scalp easily visible – but we would recommend a personal consultation to ensure that it is the right treatment for you.
While no two FUE procedures are ever exactly identical, they do follow the same essential steps from start to finish.
Here’s an insight into what you can expect upon entering a Farjo Hair Institute clinic.
- Having discussed your hair loss and the treatment options available to you at your consultation with one of our experts, you decide on FUE and book an appointment for your treatment
- Currently, we are able to safely transfer up to 2,000 follicular unit grafts in a single session that will last most of the day. It may be possible to carry out two such sessions on consecutive days in order to achieve higher numbers
- If the treatment involves a significant number of grafts, the entire back and sides of the scalp will need to be shaved on the day
- You will be given a mild sedative and local anaesthetic in both the donor and recipient areas
- The discomfort you feel for a few minutes when being given the anaesthetic (similar to what you feel when undergoing dental work) is the only sensation you feel throughout your treatment
- Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, the procedure begins with the extraction of the follicular unit grafts – this is done manually or mechanically using 0.8mm – 1.0mm ‘drill bits’ and a variety of other equipment.
- Eventually, instead of a linear donor scar, this will leave a large number of very small dot scars
- The entire procedure is very clean and, when complete, no bandages or dressings are required in most cases
- Due to the nature of the technique, there may be a higher rate of hair transection and, therefore, potential wastage
- FUE grafts can also be more vulnerable due to the fact that there tends to be less protective tissue around the roots – extra care is necessary when you leave the clinic to ensure graft survival
- Within half an hour of the treatment ending, you can be on your way home – although we highly recommend you do NOT drive, so we advise that you make arrangements to get home by taxi or public transport or get picked up by a friend or family member
- With the expertise we can offer at every stage of the procedure, we can produce results that are virtually undetectable – even under the closest scrutiny.
Frequently Asked Questions About FUE
Yes, except for hemophiliacs and people with significant or relevant medical conditions or those with no donor area at all. Sometimes, although you can physically have a transplant, the surgeon may advise against it for a variety of reasons, including: being too young, future hair loss considerations or high expectations among other things. We’ll explain in detail if something like this is apparent with you
FUE hair transplants are performed under local anaesthetic and donor and recipient sites are totally frozen and de-sensitised. You will experience a discomfort when the anaesthetic is initially applied. During the 2nd half of procedure, you may choose to watch TV or a DVD, listen to the radio or music, read a book, or you may want to take a nap. We’ll make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. Please keep in mind that you will be lying face down during the donor harvesting part of your FUE transplant. Some patients experience some discomfort one to three days after the operation, but that is easily controlled with supplied medication.
The whole point of FUE is to avoid a linear scar in the donor area if this is deemed to be an issue. FUE Hair Transplants do leave scars but these are tiny dot-like marks scattered throughout the back and sides and will only be detected by thorough expert medical examination. When all is healed, FUE is more likely to enable you to have a no. 1 or even a shaved look, but due to healing variation we obviously cannot guarantee that.
It is more expensive than Strip FUT as it is more time-consuming for the surgeon. Generally speaking though, the naturalness of growing your own hair back makes all types of hair transplants cost-effective.
Remember, there are no other expenses involved afterwards – there are no lotions or chemicals to buy, no wigs or hairpieces to be continually maintained serviced and replaced. So, in the long run, hair transplants are not only the most natural solution, but they can also be the cheapest. We can provide a rough estimate of cost if we are supplied with good photos; however, a detailed price can only be worked out after examining your scalp and assessing your hair loss at consultation with one of the doctors.