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January 14, 2020

Follicular Unit Extraction: How Does It Work?

An FUE hair transplant has become a popular option for many dealing with hair loss in all its forms, but with the downtime and the length of the actual procedure, this can put many off of the procedure entirely. To help you decide whether or not this is right for you, we will be providing you with information on how an FUE hair transplant works and how it can benefit you.

What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?

Follicular Unit Extraction is a type of hair transplant procedure that involves the extraction of individual hairs from the donor area. This is commonly used by those looking to restore the appearance of a receding hairline as it is a long-term solution. Within three to four months, nearly 80% of all implanted hair will grow back fully, providing hair that is fully healthy and maintain the appearance of a normal hairline without too much downtimes following the procedure.

How Does The Process Work?

An FUE hair transplant differs slightly to that of a FUT hair transplant as it involves the donor area being shaved. Following this, a numbing will be administered to the area to ensure that the patient is comfortable at all times. After this, the surgeon then extracts each follicle with a pair of tweezers. This is then placed on a dish and a 1-2 mm hole is created in the scalp. During this stage, the hair follicle is then implanted into this incision and sealed with a gauze or a bandage. This is then continued depending on the number of grafts that you are having, and will take a significant amount of time to complete.

Alternative Process

In addition to this procedure, there are also some other options available on the market such as Direct Hair Implantation. This is the process of a Choi implanter pen removing each follicle individually. This can then be placed back into the scalp in the affected area to reduce the appearance of a receding hairline and promote the growth of brand-new hair. This process is much more streamlined and can have the same number of grafts implanted in a way that limits scaring and reduces downtime.

What About The Recovery Process?

Though there is a vast amount of technology in place to make it as streamlined and painless as possible, there is still a recovery period of two weeks in order to ensure that the beginning stages are healing as they should be. Though this can be difficult for those that are working full time, this is needed as this will ensure that the scaring is cleared, and the hair will begin to grow. By rushing back to work to quickly, this can then lead to the donor area or implanted hair becoming infected, therefore it is important to consider this beforehand to prevent damage. 

Regardless of whether you are just looking at your options at this time, or you are looking to boost an initial consultation, we are sure that there is a hair transplant type that will provide you with the natural-looking results with very minimal downtime.

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