Hair loss has become one of the most common problems people face today and FUE hair transplant has turned out to be an effective solution for this problem. This is a useful technique which is used today and in the following sections we will look at how this procedure works.
What is FUE Transplant?
This is one of the no-stitch techniques in which grafted follicular units are implanted in the balding area. The good thing about this procedure is that it gives the best result in terms of hair density gained and reduces possibility of scars. This method is especially useful in cases of pattern baldness which is technically known as androgenic alopecia.
The FUE hair transplant procedure is performed under local anesthesia and the surgeon begins by extracting follicular units out of donor area. These grafts are kept in a holding solution till the time recipient area is prepared. The last step consists of implantation of these extracted follicles to create the hairline as per consultation with patient.
After the Transplant
After the FUE hair transplant procedure is over the patient is provided necessary instructions for everything from exercising to showering. Patient is also provided topical medications as well as antibiotics and mild painkillers as needed.
Wounds tend to go away within seven days of the procedure and scabs will fall off in about 14 days. Till the 8th week the shedding process will continue and new hair growth will start in around 4 months with most results achieved by the time 12 months are reached. The hair growth will continue till 18 months and by then the new hair will thicken and completely blend with hair in the region.
Who are good candidates for transplant?
Ideal candidates for this treatment where only head hair is used are those who have not yet suffered complete depletion of donor hair in the scalp area. However, it is also possible to body hair for transplantation for when scalp hair is not enough to undertake the treatment procedure.
Chances of Complications
The good thing about follicular unit extraction is that it is minimally invasive technique and completely safe for use. The risks can be further reduced by after the instructions provided by your physician about pre and post operative care. There are risks of some complications which are dependent on factors such as:
1) Patient’s physiology
2) Procedure performed by unlicensed physicians
3) Use of flawed machines or robotic techniques which do not offer desired results.
Poor Candidates for the Procedure
The transplant is not suitable in the following situations:
a) There is lack of proper supply of quality body, head or beard hair.
b) Patients who are young, for example, below 24 years have relative contraindication. The reason is that young people with pattern baldness are still balding and a transplant will not prove to be effective in such situation.
c) In case of curly follicles like for African descents, they will have to go through a test procedure to find out whether they are suitable to undergo the treatment.
d) People who have scar hypertrophy which stands for abnormal tendency to scarring.
e) Patients with clotting abnormalities.