An Alternative Method Of Extraction
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a technique which has become more widely available throughout the UK now as a subsitute for FUT (Strip Surgery), as mroe surgeons have trained in the FUE technique to carry out effectively. This procedure is now around 14 years old, FUE hair transplant technique done well is only available from a small number of specialist surgeons and we pride ourselves in being able to offer it to our patients.
What is FUE Hair Transplant Surgery & What’s Involved?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant technique whereby a small round punch is used to extract units of hair follicles individually from an area of dense hair (usually the back of the head). The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic by a specialist surgeon. Once the follicular unit grafts have been extracted with the punch, hundreds of small incisions are made in the recipient (thinning or bald) area into which the grafts are placed by the surgeon.
Disadvantages of FUE Surgery
Not everyone is suitable for FUE. It is most beneficial for patients who are in the early stages of hair loss. It is also ideal for people who require less healing time, or require a small area of hairline, moustache or eyebrow replacements.
Advantages of FUE over FUT Surgery
Healing tends to be quick as only small holes are left by the punch. These close up and are extremely hard to be seen, even days after surgery.
Scarring is minimal.
Post surgical discomfort is reduced due to small extraction holes, as opposed to a donor strip.
Disadvantages of FUE Surgery
Smaller numbers of grafts can be performed in one session, due to high workload on surgeon. This means that FUE tends to be more expensive than FUT.
As hair is extracted individually from the donor area, this means that the hair in the donor arear will become less dense, as opposed to strip surgery, where density is preserved.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for FUE hair transplant surgery.
All About FUE Hair Restoration Surgery
An FUE hair transplant works by extracting naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs, and transplanting these to the area of the scalp – typically the balding area.
Our surgeons will first work to remove a number of grafts typically in groups of between one and four hairs. These groups of hairs are usually extracted from the sides of the head or back of the neck, using a specialised extraction instrument less than 1mm in diameter. These follicles are then transferred to the recipient area of the scalp and implanted back into the thinning areas of the scalp.
We take great care to implant the hairs at the correct angle to mimic the old hair, just as it would naturally grow to ensure the newly transplanted hair blends perfectly and resembles a natural hair pattern.
What is the difference between FUE and FUT?
The difference between FUE and FUT is that during follicular unit transplantation (FUT) the surgeon removes an entire strip of donor skin from the back of the head and extracts the hair follicles from this strip. However, in FUE, the individual follicles are taken directly from the scalp.
In FUT, the entire strip of the hair is harvested in one go and then dissected into individual follicles later. This leaves a very distinctive and noticeable linear scar along the back of the head.
During FUE, groups of between one and four hairs are individually extracted from the scalp and transplanted to the new area of the scalp, trying to mimic the pattern of the hair that used to grow there. This leaves little to no noticeable scarring on the scalp.
When it comes to recovery time, there is also a noticeable difference between FUE and FUT. In FUE hair transplants, there is minimal bleeding, and recovery is usually complete within seven days with almost no side effects. However, during FUT, as an entire strip of the scalp has been excised, it often takes weeks for the scars to heal over.
The FUE hair transplant results are similar in both surgeries, it comes more down to suitability, donor hair and budget with selecting your treatment plan. FUT hair transplants do leave a high-quality, natural finish to the hair but you would have a linear scar at the back.
Is FUE right for me?
It can be hard to know if an FUE hair transplant is right for you, or even if you are a good candidate for FUE hair transplantation. One of the things that you need is healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head, to serve as a donor area for follicles to be harvested from. Other factors, such as hair colour, texture and waviness or curliness, may also affect the cosmetic result.
The quickest way to find out if FUE is right for you is to book a consultation today, the are online and free of charge and take place from 8am to 10pm 7 days per week. We can help you with any questions, and determine whether or not you would be a good candidate for FUE or FUE Hair Transplant Surgery. During your consultation we’ll also be able to tell you the specifics of your surgery such as the amount of grafts you’ll need, how long the surgery will take and the cost of your treatment.
Find out if you are a good candidate for FUE
Does FUE hurt?
FUE is a minimally invasive hair surgery procedure that is administered under local anaesthetic, pain is minimised, and most patients do not feel anything at all. You will be conscious for the entire time that the hair transplant procedure is administered.
There will be some mild discomfort during the recovery process, but this only lasts around seven days. The risk of complications because of FUE is also extremely low.
The hair transplantation technique has advanced so much over the last 10 years and it’s important to remember that FUE is minimally invasive in comparison to older techniques such as FUT, FUE is considered to be almost pain free in comparison to older techniques.
How much does FUE cost?
There is no one price fits all when it comes to hair transplants, and they can be an expensive procedure – depending on how extensive the work is. The cost can vary depending on many factors.
For moderate hair loss, the cost would be between £2,500 and £4,000 and more extensive cases the cost would be between £4,000 and £10,000 with the average cost being around £4,500.
At Elite Hair Restoration, we factor in the overall complexity of the transplant, the type of hair loss you are experiencing, the likeliness of future hair loss and individual characteristics such as the amount of grafts needed and hair colour and texture. Some of these factors will alter the amount of time a transplant could take as well as the cosmetic result and this all needs to be taken into account.
When we plan your procedure, we also review each patient for the risk of future hair loss, this allows us to ensure we’re using the available donor hair as best as possible. We’ll not only plan to transplant to areas that we expect to thin over the next few years, but we’ll also ensure your donor area isn’t over-harvested, just in case you need a top-up transplant in the future. These personalised factors all alter what the cost of a hair transplant could be.
The results of an FUE hair transplant
FUE treatments are widely known as one of the best hair transplant techniques and the results speak for themselves. What makes FUE so remarkable is the way hairs are implanted. Experienced specialists carefully map your hair growth before implantation, so they know where and on what angle to place each follicle.
It is an exacting process that takes a lot of experience and expertise. Still, we believe the result is worth it. With a successful FUE transplant, donor hair grows, moves, and feels the way it used to. This is the highest-quality hair transplant available which results in the most natural and realistic result making it the most popular hair restoration solution.
As this is your natural hair, just moved from place to place, it will grow exactly as normal hair and is permanent. There is no need for pills and potions, just enjoy your natural hair.
What is an FUE hair transplant?
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a hair transplant method where individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area and transplanted to the recipient area.
Is an FUE hair transplant painful?
Discomfort during the procedure is minimal, thanks to local anesthesia. Post-surgery, some patients may experience mild discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication.
Is an FUE hair transplant safe?
FUE is generally considered safe with low risks. Adherence to proper surgical protocols and post-operative care is crucial for safety.
How much does an FUE hair transplant cost?
Costs vary based on factors like the clinic, location, and extent of the procedure. It's best to consult with a specialist for an accurate quote.
How successful are FUE hair transplants?
FUE has a high success rate. Success depends on factors like patient candidacy, surgeon expertise, and post-operative care.
How can you sleep after an FUE hair transplant?
Sleeping with the head elevated and avoiding direct pressure on the transplanted area is recommended for the first few nights.
Will I need time off work after FUE hair transplant surgery?
Most patients can return to work within a few days, but it's advisable to take a short break to allow initial recovery.
How long does the pain last after an FUE hair transplant?
Discomfort typically subsides within a few days. Pain management instructions provided by the surgeon should be followed.
Are all patients suitable for an FUE hair transplant?
Not all patients may be suitable. Consultation with a specialist is needed to determine candidacy based on individual factors.
Is an FUE hair transplant permanent?
Yes, FUE transplants are considered permanent since they involve moving genetically resistant hair follicles to the recipient area.
Does FUE hair transplantation cause scars?
FUE leaves tiny, nearly undetectable scars. Unlike traditional methods, there's no linear scar.
Can you transplant hairs from someone else?
Hair transplants involve using the patient's own hair. Transplanting hairs from another person is not currently a viable option.
When will I see growth after an FUE hair transplant?
Initial growth can be expected within a few months, with full results becoming noticeable in 8-12 months and a final result in 12-18 months.
Will I regain a full head of hair again?
While significant improvement is possible, complete restoration to a full head of hair may not always be achievable.
Can you have more than one FUE hair transplant?
Yes, multiple FUE procedures can be performed over time for further hair restoration, if needed.
Who will perform my FUE hair transplant?
A qualified and experienced hair transplant surgeon, often assisted by a team of technicians, will perform the FUE procedure.