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FUE Hair Transplant

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FUE Hair Transplant

What is a FUE Hair Transplant?

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction which is a method used for hair transplantation that began in 2004. It involves removing individual units of follicular units from the back of the head and transplanting them into targeted areas. As a result, patients undergoing FUE surgery are able to grow hair in places they've lost.

FUE is a procedure compared to FUT (Follicular Unit Transaction), otherwise known as the strip method. In short, the main difference between the two procedures is the way hair grafts are taken from the patient. Hair grafts are taken out individually using a specialised punch tool and micro-forceps. Whereas, FUT hair transplants require a strip from the back of the head to obtain hair grafts, resulting in a longer recovery period and the patient is typically left with a linear scar at the back of the head.

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Procedure of FUE Hair Transplant

Step one is to prepare the patient for surgery, taking images, determining the target and donor areas. The donor area will then be anaesthetised using local anaesthetics, and the hair follicles will be removed from the site over approximately three hours.

The removed follicles are soaked in a special solution while the target area is anaesthetised, and the canals are opened using punching tools. The open canals are then filled with hair follicles over a further three hours.​ The entire procedure lasts between six to nine hours. After surgery, a bandage will be applied to the donor area.

Transplanted follicles will strengthen one week after surgery and then transplanted hair will grow for two to three weeks before falling out. The follicles will stay in place and after another week, the hair will begin to grow again. Patients can expect to see visible hair growth in the front area after six to eight months, and in the top area after eight to 12 months.