April 15, 2018

FUE Hair Transplant

Male and Female FUE hair transplant is one of the most commonly sought hair transplantation techniques nowadays.It is minimally invasive in nature. Unlike the traditional strip method oftransplant, FUE does not cause linear scar at the donor area, thus making your hair transplant an extremely natural and concealed process. FUE technique uses the process of removing hair follicles directly from the donor site using a specially designed tool, and implanting them into the bald or thinning areas.

Time Required

3-4 Hours


Local Anesthesia

Recovery Time

3-5 Days

Success Rate

Very high Success Rate

B and A Results

Like any other hair transplantation technique, FUE also gives natural and permanent results. The balding resistant follicles are most likely to stay on your head for the rest of your life.

Are you a Candidate?

You are a candidate for Follicular Unit Extraction if:

  • You have permanent hair thinning, receded hairline or a bald head.
  • You are seeking a minimally invasive hair transplant procedure.
  • You have insufficient balding resistant hair on your head.
  • If you have a tight scalp, inappropriate for strip removal method.
  • Your hair loss is not progressing anymore.

FUE Goals

Follicular Unit Extraction aims at giving you:

  • Full and thick hair.
  • An enhanced youthful look.
  • Permanent hair in a natural way.
  • Scar free hair transplant with minimum downtime and recovery period.

FUE Techniques

Follicular Unit Extraction uses two techniques:

  • Manual FUE in which the surgeon extracts follicular units manually by using a specially designed punch tool.
  • Motorized Automated FUE in which a specially designed automated punch tool is used for faster graft extraction.

Pre-op Prepration

The outcome of your hair transplant depends a lot on how well you prepare for the surgery. Here are some tips on how to prepare for FUE transplant:

  • Stop consuming blood thinners a couple of weeks before the surgery.
  • Aspirin and aspirin containing pain medications should be avoided 10 to 14 days prior to the transplant.
  • Quit smoking at least 2 to 3 weeks before the procedure.
  • Say no to alcohol during the last week prior to the FUE transplant.
  • Purchase all the medicines prescribed by your surgeon at least one week before your hair transplant.

FUE Procedure

  • Step 1 – The donor area will b shaved to fully expose the hair follicles and for easy extraction of the follicular units. For less than 1,500 grafts, a marine crew cut will also work.
  • Step 2 – The surgeon will then draw the recipient area according to how you want your hairline to be. This is to assure that the exact areas of the recipient site are covered by transplanted follicular units.
  • Step 3 – Local anesthesia will be administered to the donor area to make it numb and make sure you do not feel any pain or discomfort while the follicular units are being extracted.
  • Step 4 – The surgeon then starts the extraction process. A specially designed punch tool with the diameter less than 1 mm is carefully inserted into the scalp to reach the depth of the roots of the hair follicles. This helps detach the hair from the scalp along with its roots.
  • Step 5 – The extracted hair follicles are then trimmed under a stereo microscope to remove any extra tissues or fat and obtain grafts of the desired size.
  • Step 6 – Local anesthesia is again administered, this time in the recipient area. Then the surgeon makes tiny incisions over the entire recipient area.
  • Step 7 – The surgeon then carefully inserts each graft individually into these tiny incisions to complete the surgery.

FUE Revovery

Recovery after FUE transplant is quick and smooth, courtesy its minimally invasive nature.

  • Your scalp will be sore and tender immediately after the transplant.
  • A downtime of 36 to 48 hours will be required.
  • The recovery period is around 3 to 5 days.
  • Most patients resume routine activities on the 3rd day following surgery.
  • Complete recovery, however, may take a couple of months.

Post-op Care

  • Cold compressions can be used to deal with the post-surgical swelling and bruising.
  • Start consuming prescribed medicines immediately after the transplant.
  • Sleep in an upright position, with your head, elevated at 45 degrees for the first few nights.
  • Do not wash your scalp for 2 to 3 days after the surgery.
  • Do not take any blood thinners or aspirin-containing medicines for the first two weeks following the hair transplant.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption for at least a couple of weeks after the surgery.
  • Do not expose your scalp to direct sunlight.
  • Scratching or picking at the scab is strictly prohibited.
  • Avoid touching your scalp unnecessarily.
  • Do not massage your scalp for at least 10 days.

FUE Benefits

Some of the advantages of FUE hair transplant has on the traditional strip method transplant are:

  • It is a minimally invasive technique that does not involve cutting and stitching of scalp
  • It does not cause the visible linear scar at the donor site.
  • Allows extraction of body hairs for transplantation – good for people with insufficient donor hair supply.
  • Due to its minimally invasive nature it involves less discomfort and less downtime
  • Recovery is also quick and smooth.