No scalpel. No sutures. No linear scar.
As the most advanced technique for hair transplantation, FUE uses advanced micro-punch to harvest grafts with a small incision around the follicle that is lifted from the scalp with forceps.
At St. Louis Hair Restoration, we understand how big of a positive impact great hair-restoration results can have on a person’s self-esteem.
Understanding FUE Hair Transplantation
The hairs on the scalp naturally grow in small clusters. These groups of hairs are referred to as follicular units and typically contain anywhere between one and four hairs.
Follicular unit extraction is an approach to hair transplantation that involves harvesting multiple follicular units from areas of the scalp that have an abundance of hairs. These fully intact follicular units are transplanted to an area of the scalp where thinning or balding has occurred.
How FUE Hair Transplant Surgery Is Performed
FUE is performed under local anesthesia. The donor site where the follicular units are harvested will likely be near the back of the scalp. Instead of taking a long strip of tissue containing multiple follicular units, a special micro-punch tool is used to remove individual follicular units directly from the scalp.
The ability to harvest individual grafts for transplantation allows the surgeon the opportunity to choose the best possible grafts that are most likely to survive, which will in turn provide better results. The harvested follicular units are then carefully and precisely placed on the scalp to ensure a natural appearance.
After extraction, your doctor makes micro-incisions to the recipient area for the grafts to be perfectly placed, one-by-one by hand, for the most natural results. You’ll get a natural hairline with density where you want it most with this technique.
The patient experience
Most patients report little to no discomfort with the FUE procedure. Patients are very comfortable during the procedure and generally spend the day working on their laptops, watching movies, or even napping.
FUE Hair-Transplant-Surgery Recovery
The minimally invasive approach used to accomplish FUE hair transplantation means that the recovery period is noticeably shorter compared to older methods of transplantation. The donor area’s micro incisions may be red for a day or two and the recipient area will appear normal within about seven days. Most patients are able to return to work a day or two following their procedure. New hair growth begins in about 3 months. The hair will continue to thicken over the coming months with the biggest difference becoming noticeable between about six to nine months. Final results are typically seen in one full year. All of the hair’s natural qualities from color, texture, and growth rate are unchanged as it retails all of the same characteristics that it had in the donor area.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Contact St. Louis Hair Restoration today to schedule a consultation regarding follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair-transplant surgery. Gregg Kreyling, Director of Patient Education, is a hair loss expert with over 15 years of experience meeting patients and helping them reach their hair restoration goals.
– Tim B.