What to Expect From a Hair Transplant

Bald spots and thinning hair make people look older and feel less attractive. The challenge is not about finding a solution but in finding the solution that is best for each person. Everyone is different and why they are suffering hair loss, where the bald patches are located and what they are seeking for a final look will all determine what method should be used. The only way to make an informed decision is to understand what is available. Here are some facts about FUE transplants.

What is FUE?

Follicular Unit Extraction or an FUE hair transplant uses the client’s own hair to fill in bare or thinning patches. Individual units of 1-4 hairs are carefully removed from the scalp (usually from the back of the head or around the nape of the neck. The hair is removed with the follicle attached and implanted into the areas where it is needed. The hairs are placed carefully to ensure the growth pattern matches the hair in that area.

Is it painful?

The procedure is considered minimally invasive. A local anesthetic is used during the treatment to prevent discomfort. The incisions made to remove and graft the follicles are small and generally take only a few days to heal completely. There is likely to be some tenderness, redness and swelling after the procedure but will disappear quickly.

How fast will it work?

Most clients will have noticeable hair growth within three months. Significant hair growth is typically experienced about six months after the procedure is performed. The hair will continue to grow naturally from this point on.

Are there any risks?

There are always some risks with any type of invasive procedure. The risks with FUE include infection, over-harvesting of the donor area and necrosis. These risks are very rare when a skilled transplant specialist is used.

FUE works best on people that have an adequate supply of hair remaining on their scalp to relocate. The quality of the results will also depend on the skill of the technician to place the donated hairs in a natural manner that will provide the greatest amount of coverage once it begins to grow.