Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive surgical technique for hair transplantation, in which hair follicles are redistributed from areas not affected by baldness – donor areas, followed by follicle transplantation in areas where the process is present.
What do we need to know before the procedure?
Before the procedure, specialist – dermatologist will consult to determine whether the patient is suitable for transplantation, the number of follicles needed to repair the affected area, as well as the presence of concomitant diseases and risk factors. Candidates for FUE hair transplantation should have healthy hair on the sides and back of the head to serve as a donor area. Hair color, hair condition, and texture are also important for both the procedure and the end result. On the day of the operation, the entire donor area is cut to a length of 1-2 mm. The whole procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which makes it completely painless.
In the first part of the procedure, the follicles are extracted from the donor area – occipital (occipital) and temporal (above the ears). The follicles in these areas are not affected by the balding process in androgenic alopecia because they do not have testosterone receptors. Punches of different diameters, most often with a diameter of 0.8-1 mm, are used for their extraction. The assistant carefully removes the grafts one by one with tweezers to prevent the transaction of the follicles. The grafts are stored in cold saline until the second part of the procedure.
In the second part of the procedure, the grafts are implanted in the affected area one by one with the help of implants, taking into account the direction of hair growth. The most common recipient area is the frontal (frontal) or parietal (parietal). These areas are most commonly affected by the process of androgenic alopecia, as they have hair follicles with testosterone-sensitive receptors. One of the great advantages of FUE is the freedom of graft selection. One follicular unit may contain 1-4, rarely more hair. In this way, the selection of follicles will achieve the desired density in the recipient area. Graft survival is 95 to 98%.
Among the advantages of FUE are: shorter postoperative period, barely noticeable signs of punches in the donor area, maximum natural-looking results in both men and women. Immediately after the procedure, patients are in good condition to return home, receiving instructions for subsequent behavior, follow-up examinations with a specialist.
After a hair transplant, the hair often falls out by the second month, after which there is active growth of new hair from the third month after transplantation.
The final result is visible after about 7 months to 1 year.
The price would be calculated after consultation and the necessary follicles that will be presented, based on this information the patient would have an individual price offer