The Most Advanced Surgical Technique
FUE Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE is a highly popular and evolving hair transplant technique in which hairs are extracted one follicle at a time. FUE's less invasive nature and potentially faster healing time has increased in popularity over the last several years.
The lasting power of Follicular Unit Extraction seems to stem from both patient demand and the dedication of talented hair restoration experts who continue perfecting the procedure and innovating more precise FUE tools.
THE FUE PROCEDURE
- First your physician will review your crown density and hairline specifics and remind you of the procedural steps. Next, your hair in the donor area is shaved and anesthesia is administered to completely numb the scalp.
- Using a tiny instrument, the physician will remove individual follicular units (1-4 hairs at a time) from your scalp by making a slight circular incision around the follicular unit to isolate the graft. The graft is then extracted directly from the scalp using a tweezer-like tool.
- Working with a high-powered stereo microscope, specially trained technicians isolate, prepare and ensure that the follicular grafts remain in optimal condition.
- Next, your doctor will make incisions to the depth of each follicle that follows the exact direction and angle of your hair growth. The creation of recipient sites is the most artistic part of the procedure. Follicular units are then carefully placed into the recipient sites. The one- and two-hair follicular units are primarily used in the frontal area of the hairline, while the three- and four-hair follicular units are generally placed behind them and on top of the head for more density.
- The small hole left behind after extraction will heal over the next few days, becoming undetectable to the naked eye even when hair is extremely short.
FUE is the latest advancement in surgical hair transplantation. Hair follicles are removed from the donor area individually as opposed to FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), which removes hair in strips.
FUE is less invasive and, therefore, leaves no visible marks. However, the procedure can also cost more and take a bit longer.
The results from both techniques are natural and permanent.
The amount of donor hair available plays a large part in determining hair transplant candidacy. Because hair transplantation involves removing healthy hair and transplanting it to areas in need, it is necessary to have follicles that are active and genetically resistant to hair loss.
Men that suffer from Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) generally experience hair loss only in certain areas of the scalp, with the sides and back unaffected. These unaffected areas can become suitable donor sites, making around 90% of men with this type of genetic hair loss good candidates for transplantation.
Because Female Pattern Baldness are more diverse. more commonly affects the entire scalp, stable donor areas are limited, often making women less eligible candidates for hair transplant surgery.
Only a hair transplant physician can determine whether you would be a good candidate or not. During your consultation, your doctor will analyze the extent of your hair loss and the amount of hair available in the donor region and advise you about the coverage you can achieve from surgery.
FUE is great for those wishing to wear their hair very short, since the technique does not leave any linear scarring. Additionally, people who have already had hair transplant surgery but desire different results should consider FUE.
Hair transplant surgery in general is the only permanent option to restore and regrow lost hair. Transplanted hair appears and feels natural, because it is. Both FUE and FUT techniques are equally effective.
When performed by an experienced and licensed physician, hair transplantation is a completely safe, outpatient procedure. In fact, FUE is the least invasive surgical technique, with minimal discomfort. With both FUE and FUT, pain medication and local anesthetics are used.
Post-operative instructions further help prevent any complications and most patients return to work the very next day.
There are several reasons unnatural transplant results can occur. Some physicians may not have proper training or may be using outdated techniques and technology.
FUE is a state-of-the art and minimally invasive technique that provides incredibly natural results. Unlike other methods, FUE involves extracting follicular units one by one from the donor site, instead of in groupings. With no strip of tissue being removed, stitches are unnecessary and healing is fast, leaving no linear scar and extraordinary results.
Our physicians not only specialize in FUE, but each hold at least 10 years of experience in the hair restoration industry, with access to the best education and technology available. Hair Club’s network of physicians always take age, facial structure, hairline, hair quality and long-term goals into consideration in order to ensure natural FUE results.
Thanks to our cutting-edge technology and industry-leading physicians, you can rest assured that your results from Hair Club will look completely natural.
Hair transplantation is a routine, outpatient procedure. That means you will go home the same day as your surgery, which usually takes 3-8 hours. Many patients go to work the very next day. About a week after the FUE procedure, all redness should subside.
Before your surgery you will meet with your physician to discuss your hair loss. Photos will be taken to identify the areas that need to be treated. You will finalize your procedure goals with your physician, who will mark treatment specifics on your scalp with a surgical pen.
After your surgery your doctor will examine the transplants to ensure accurate placement. Then, you will be given instructions on how to care for your transplants as well as medication to alleviate any discomfort. Transplanted hairs are in the resting phase of hair growth. After the normal cycle of three to four months, transplanted hair follicles will begin to produce new hair.
In the days following your procedure, you may notice some scabbing and redness in the recipient sites. Once your hair transplants grow, you’ll have a full, natural head of hair. You should see significant results within the first 9-12 months.
The price of FUE varies based on your current hair loss, the amount of donor hair available, the characteristics of the donor hair and your desired results. The cost of FUE is calculated “per graft” so it is necessary to meet with a physician to get an accurate price quote. The price typically ranges between $4,000-$12,000. Many patients take advantage of affordable financing options and payment plans.
Because we are the largest company in the industry, we are able to pioneer the latest technology and we work exclusively with the best physicians.
Each board-certified physician has perfected their advanced medical technique and artistic touch to give you the natural results you want. Specializing only in hair transplantations, you will have the world’s leading experts on hair loss holding your hard every step of the way.