Hair transplants have come a long way since they first burst onto the market, and the results are now extremely natural-looking, without the “teabag” perforation marks which blighted the earliest procedures.
Hair loss affects a large proportion of men and women in the UK, and transplants can now be carried out on a range of different sites including the top of the head, the eyebrows and facial hair too.
The procedure is very discreet and the resulting appearance looks so natural that no-one will be able to tell that you’ve had a transplant, other than by your thicker and fuller looking hair!
Modern hair transplants can be carried out via a couple of different procedures but FUE is one of the most revolutionary, offering excellent results.
Here are some of the most common FAQs about Follicular Unit Excision (FUE).
What is FUE?
Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is a type of hair transplant procedure carried out which offers a number of benefits compared to other methods.
During FUE, each individual follicle is collected one by one from the donor site and then transplanted directly into the hair loss area.
A tiny, circular tool is used to extract these donor hairs from the donor site, making a very small incision in the skin around the follicle. As each individual hair is collected, a small hole around 1mm in size is left which heals over in the following days.
How does FUE differ from other methods of harvesting hair?
FUE is considered a very new type of transplant procedure as it involves the surgeon removing the follicles one at a time, a method which requires a great deal of skill and expertise.
In other type of hair transplant, larger patches are removed together which are then held for the surgeon to graft onto the patient, one at a time.
Will there be a scar?
Although all types of modern hair transplant only remove small patches from the donor site which won’t be missed, with other techniques such as FUT, there will be a small linear scar.
This won’t affect hair regrowth in the nearby follicles but for any individuals choosing to wear their hair extremely short, the scar may be visible.
With FUE there’s no visible linear scarring, making it a better choice for anyone who thinks they might want to wear their hair short, or who is self-conscious about having a tiny scar on their hairline.
FUE only leaves minute, dot-like scars where each follicle was individually removed. These are virtually impossible to see, even when the hair is cropped very close to the head.
Will it hurt?
The FUE procedure will be performed under a local anaesthetic and will generally be a painless process.
What is the recovery like?
The recovery time for FUE is usually around 6-8 days and as you might expect, due to the removal of hair follicles, some swelling of the head typically occurs. This is only temporary and will resolve completely.
Recovery following a FUE procedure tends to be quicker than for other types of hair transplant, and there’s less chance of side effects such as scalp numbing, which can occur following an FUT procedure and last up to six months.
How quickly will I see my new hairs?
After the procedure is completed you will see your new hairs and the shape of what your hairline will eventually be. However, these new hairs will normally fall out within a fortnight.
This is entirely normal and is just part of the overall growth cycle. Within 3-6 months, new permanent hairs will start to grow on the site although it can take up to 12 months for the full effect to be visible.
How much will FUE cost?
The price of an FUE procedure will depend on the number of grafts required but you can expect to pay between £3500-£10,000.
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