Are you seeking a scarless hair transplant technique? Practically speaking there is no such term as “scarless hair transplantation”. FUE Hair Transplant is considered as a minimally invasive technique but even it is not a scarless procedure. You will end up with tiny, pinhole scars at the donor area, but they are barely visible from distance. If you want to know how FUE hair transplant works, continue reading.
Follicular Unit Extraction Procedure
In FUE or follicular unit extraction a specially designed punch tool is used to make a tiny, circular hole at the donor site to free the hair follicle from surrounding scalp tissue. This punched follicle is then carefully extracted from the scalp and stored in an artificial storage medium like a saline solution. The surgeon keeps repeating this punching procedure until enough number of hair follicles has been extracted. This may take 2 to 3 hours.
Once enough follicles have been extracted, the surgeon moves on to plantation phase. The recipient site is first prepared by carefully crafting tiny incisions at specific angles. The angle of incision determines the direction of transplanted hair so this must be done very carefully. The surgeon then carefully inserts the prepared follicles into these incisions to complete the FUE hair transplant surgery. FUE hair transplant is a slow and lengthy procedure that takes several hours for its completion. In case of severe baldness, it may take several sessions spanned over several days to achieve the fuller and thicker look.
Recovery from FUE Hair Transplant
Recovery process after FUE hair transplantation is simple and quick; given you follow the post-procedural instructions of your surgeon. Immediately after the surgery your scalp will be sore and tender. Using cold compression may help relieve the symptoms. However, be gentle to the scalp when applying cold compression. Avoid washing your scalp for 24 to 36 hours after the surgery. You will be able to resume routine, non-strenuous activities after 2 to 3 days. It will take 6 to 8 months before you will start noticing growth of transplanted hair. Full hair growth may take more than a year.
Automation in FUE
Hair transplant surgeons in Dubai are using automation which is a newer trend in hair transplant. Motorized punching has successfully replaced manual punching as more surgeons are using a small instrument for extracting hair follicles instead of doing the task manually. This advanced donor hair extraction technique is referred to as Stem Cell FUE or Direct Automated FUE. Previously, the rate of damaged hair grafts used to increase in large hair transplant sessions. But Stem Cell FUE has made this minimally invasive hair transplant technique more efficient. Now using motorized punching allows the surgeons to extract more hair grafts safely and in a lesser time. Automation has also made the extraction phase easier on the surgeon’s part. Now, the surgeon does not exert manual force to separate hair follicles and taking them out.
Who is an ideal candidate for FUE hair transplant?
FUE is appropriate for individuals who want to have a short hairstyle after hair transplantation. Contrary to traditional FUT procedure, FUE does not leave a linear scar and so the individual does not need to wear long hair to cover the scar. Also, it is a useful method for those who want to resume their routine activities soon after the surgery.
Some individuals desire FUE simply because they are not suitable candidates for FUT due to their tight scalp. In such patients taking out hair follicles directly from the scalp is the only possible method for hair transplant. People who have healed poorly from a previous hair transplant can also benefit from FUE hair transplant.
Some hair loss patients choose FUE simply because they heard that it is minimally invasive and non-surgical. In fact, FUE is minimally invasive but it is not non-surgical. FUE is definitely a surgical method. The depth of the incisions in FUE is the same as it is in FUT, the difference is only that in FUE these incisions are of pinhole size and the incision sites are scattered over a large area.
FUE hair transplant is a very effective and popular method that is practiced by the best hair restoration surgeons around the world. The Hair Transplant Center is one of the leading hair restoration facilities offering FUE Hair Transplant in Saudi Arabia. Fill in the free online consultation form below to discuss your case with our experts and find out if you are a candidate for the procedure or not.