If you are balding or suffer from extreme hair loss on your head, a FUE hair transplant may be your best option. Here is everything you need to know about this process before you walk into a hair clinic.
What exactly is FUE hair transplant surgery?
FUE stands for follicle unit extraction and it involves a doctor removing healthy hair follicles from the head and replacing them at bald spots. The hair is typically taken from the bottom and sides of the scalp so the hair can all have a uniform texture, angle, and feel. Not only will the results look more natural, but the follicles will have a better chance of staying permanent.
Why is a FUE hair replacement a better option than other hair restoration processes?
FUE not only looks more natural, it is a lot less painful and there is almost no downtime. While the healing depends on the amount of follicles used and the sensitivity of the skin, typically you will be completely healed in about five days or so. Except for playing sports and being incredibly active, you can return to your normal daily activities within a few days.
What exactly does the process involve?
At the hair clinic, a hair specialist will take individual follicles from the head and transplant them one by one. This is different than strip transplants which involves removing whole chunks of skin. Plus, the hairs that are chosen are immune to the effects of the hormone that causes male pattern baldness so you will not have to worry about losing these hairs all over again.
How long does the process take?
It depends on the size of the bald area, but in general a FUE transplant will take about eight hours to complete. Some hair will naturally fall out as it is in the resting phase, but after 10 months you will be able to have a 90% success rate.
What is the cost of a hair transplant?
It depends on the hair clinic and the amount of hairs transplanted, but estimate about five U.S. dollars per hair.
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