Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant is a permanent treatment for baldness due to androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss). Healthy hair grafts are obtained from donor areas at the back and side of the head and transplanted to areas of hair loss such as the frontal hairline or the crown area. A Hair Transplant is indicated when medical treatments for hair loss have been unsuccessful. Besides the scalp, hair can be transplanted to other areas of hair loss such as the eyebrows or beard.
What is the process of FUE hair transplant?
Prior to the procedure, patients will undergo a medical examination including blood tests. The procedure takes between 4-8 hours depending on the number of grafts required and complexity. An injection of local anaesthetic will be given and patients typically find the procedure painless. After the procedure, a dressing is applied, which is removed the next day.
What is the downtime after FUE hair transplant?
It is best to set aside 3-5 days to recover at home after the procedure, although office work is possible. The scalp can be washed 5-7 days after the procedure. Patients can resume sports and swimming 2 weeks after the procedure. It is possible to resume herbal scalp treatments and hair treatments (eg dyeing) 2-3 months after the procedure.
Must I shave for transplant?
Men should shave the entire head and females will only need to shave the donor area at the back of the head (not visible when the hair is let down). It is also possible to do the procedure without shaving the recipient area, but the procedure will become more challenging for the doctor and will take longer.
How long to see results?
The transplanted hair follicles take 3-6 months to grow out with the final result at 12 months.
If you wish to find out more, visit us at S Aesthetics Clinic to speak to our doctor.