Hair loss, or alopecia, is a common problem that affects both men and women and can be caused by stress, diseases, some medical treatments and genes. While some of these factors are temporary or can be reversed, many suffer permanent hair loss that can lead to self-confidence issues. Hair transplantation surgery as an effective and permanent solution can help men and women suffering from baldness or thinning hair.
Since its development in the early 2000’s and introduction in 2005 FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is still the most advanced technique in hair transplantation. This method basically involves the removal of individual hair follicle units directly from the donor area one at a time, rather than from an excised strip that is subsequently dissected into follicular units as it is conducted with the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) technique which is greatly outdated and has a historical value only. Compared to the FUT technique, FUE holds the benefits of no linear scarring in the donor area as well as a more rapid and comfortable postoperative recovery for patients. Despite the overall increase in surface area of donor scarring with FUE compared with traditional strip harvests in FUT sessions, the decreased visibility of scarring within the donor area allows patients to wear their hair relatively short after undergoing FUE.
Today FUE is still regarded as the gold standard technique for hair restoration, providing natural looking hair to people experiencing hair loss.
Small groups of hair are harvested in a larger area around the head and then implanted into the desired site. The surgeon makes tiny holes with a needle in the area of your scalp that’s receiving the hair transplant. They gently place hairs in these holes. The process is repeated until the surgeon has enough follicles to cover the treatment area. A hair transplant session can take six hours or more.