Follicular Unit Excision, also known as FUE is becoming the latest favoured treatment for hair transplants. The procedure works by extracting individual hair follicles from a part of the head where normal healthy hair growth occurs, such as the side or back of the head. These individual follicles are then inserted into the areas of the head affected by hair loss. If the procedure is a success, new hair growth will begin to occur in areas where they have been implanted.
Naturally this is a very specialised and complex procedure, but to date the success rates are high and with speedy recovery times and leave no visible scarring. However, as with any medical procedure there are some frequently asked questions by patient’s that we want to answer.
How long will my head stay red?
The FUE procedure can be carried out within just one day, inserting new hair follicles extracted from the scalp into thinning areas. In the long term, there will be no visible scarring to patients, but due to the nature of the procedure, the head will show some signs of redness and tissue trauma where the new follicles are inserted. However, this should only last 3-7 days with the right aftercare.
Can I transfer from beard to head?
It’s not uncommon for men with thinning hair to have no problems at all growing a full beard, which often leads to the question of whether beard hair can be used for scalp implants. Ordinarily scalp hair follicles are preferred for FUE as they are more consistent with the rest of your hair and better in quantity and quality. However, if there is a lack of suitable hair follicle donors from the scalp, then it is possible to use beard hair follicles as a replacement source.
Can I have a short “buzz cut” with FUE?
If you like to wear your hair short or even go for a “buzz cut” after having FUE this is entirely possible and you can shave it any time after the procedure as it won’t affect the healing process. Naturally in the early stages there may be some visible signs of FUE, but as we use the latest electronic punch extraction and insertion technology, there should be no long term visible scarring or redness to the scalp donor or recipient areas.
Is FUE possible on afro-style hair?
We’re often asked if FUE is possible with afro-style or very curly hair types, or if they can only have Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) that takes strips of hair follicles. The answer is yes, FUE is entirely possible with this type of hair. However, the procedure can be a little more time consuming, as the curly hair follicles tend to grow in a slightly different angle underneath the skin. If you are looking to undergo this procedure, we would highly recommend choosing a surgical team like Wimpole Clinic, who have experience working with these kinds of hair follicles and are aware of the potential challenges.
Hopefully, this has answered some of the more frequently asked questions you may have, but of course if you have any more or would like to arrange for a consultation for FUE or any other hair loss treatment, here at the Wimpole Clinic, we are here to help.