Follicular Unit Extraction

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure

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Follicular unit extraction (or FUE) is the new up-to-date method that succeeds the older method called follicular unit transplantation (or FUT). It is a minimally invasive hair restoration procedure (when compared with FUT) that requires skill and precision in order to achieve the best and most natural looking results.

The main benefit is that there is scarring left when comparing it to a FUT (or strip) procedure, along with much less pain and better looking results. It is the “standard” method that has now been adopted by clinics worldwide.

How Does FUE Work?

The difference between FUE and FUT is found in the method of harvesting the hair from the donor area. Instead of excising a strip of hair, suturing the area together, and then dissecting the follicular units underneath a microscope, the follicular units in the FUE method are removed from the scalp in groups of naturally occuring 1-4 follicles (This is called a graft). Therefore, there is no wound to be stitched and there is no need for microscopes.

The follicular units are removed by placing a 1 mm punch around a single follicular unit and cutting a small circle through the skin around that follicular unit. The follicular unit is then grasped and gently pulled away from the loose connective tissue surrounding it underneath the skin.

Once it is removed, no further preparation is necessary. It is ready for implanting. The small hole left behind is left to heal in by itself which it does over one to two weeks. This process is repeated hundreds of times until the desired number of follicular units are obtained. Rather than having a white, linear scar as with standard follicular unit transplantation, the patient is left with numerous 1 mm round white scars.

Advantages of FUE

The main advantage that our clients notice is less noticeable scarring and no tightness of the scalp, because no tissue has been brought together and sutured when comparing it to the standard follicular unit transplantation or FUT method.

Another advantage is recovery time. Again, because the procedure is minimally invasive and there are no major cuts that require stitches to heal (like with the FUT method), the recovery time is very quick (typically completed within 6-7 days) as there are only some scabs that form around the newly implanted follicles. There is also minimal bleeding when comparing to FUT.

Conclusion

It is our opinion that standard follicular unit transplantation used to be useful, however the FUE technique (and the DHI technique, which is very similar to FUE) are far superior with a similar cost to FUT. So in essence, patients are getting better treatment, better results for the same price.

our process

Our team have been involved in the hair transplant industry since 2013 and through this time we have refined our process to treat each client of ours according to their individual hair loss treatment needs. We aim to get to know, understand and set expectations for what can and can’t be done based on the amount of follicles available from the donor area.

1) Initial Enquiry

All patients can enquire via email, telephone, social media and website form. Here we verify if you qualify for treatment before proceeding further – it’s a free service we provide for our clients who want great results without any hassle or stress.

2) Consultation

For clients that qualify, the next step is a consultation with our clinical director Kevin. Before COVID we used to do a lot of face to face consultations, however the vast majority of our consultations are currently virtual (over zoom/skype/facebook messenger). Here we will assess your head from donor area to the areas of hair loss that need treatment.

3) Treatment Options

Post consultation hair loss treatment options will be discussed with you as well as pricing and any finance options available. We know that it’s a big decision to make and so we will provide all of this documentation via email and then you are in the driving seat of when you with to proceed, be it for an fue or fut hair transplant or prp therapy.

4) Decision and Preparation

Once you have decided to go ahead with the treatment outlined in your consultation, our team will help you prepare for your treatment.

5) Day of Your Treatment

You will be greeted by our team at our clinic on the day of your treatment. You will also meet with and speak with dr. Kalra and our tech team prior to your surgery. Depending on the amount of grafts that you require, your surgery can last from 3-8 hours. All our procedures are carried out by dr. Kalra himself along with our technicians that assist him.

6) Aftercare and follow ups

All the aftercare instructions will be given to you post procedure by dr. Kalra. He will also go through what you should expect within the first few of weeks post treatment at which time you can also contact our team if you have any further questions. Our clinical director Kevin will also be following up with you in order to check how your hair is growing back and how you are progressing in general. Our aim is to provide the best possible service to you. We know we have achieved this when our work is not noticed and the natural look is achieved.

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