No scalpel. No sutures. No linear scar.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the most advanced technique used in hair transplantation. With FUE there is no scalpel, no stitches, and no linear scar. A state of the art micro-punch is used to harvest grafts by making a small circular incision around the follicle and the follicle is then lifted from the scalp using forceps.
Once extracted, the grafts are placed intro like groupings based on how many hairs are in each follicular unit (typically 1-4 hairs per follicle). Placement of the grafts in the FUE procedure is essentially the same when compared to the traditional strip method. The physician designs a plan for where to utilize the harvested follicles to obtain a natural result. Once designed, the physician will make micro-incisions into the recipient area. The grafts are placed into the recipient sites one after another by hand. One and two hair grafts are used to create a natural soft hairline while three and four hair grafts are used to add density behind the hairline, just as nature made it.
Depending on the number of grafts an FUE procedure takes about a day to complete, however, the patient experience is very comfortable. Most patients report very little to no discomfort. Patients spend the day watching movies, working on their tablet, eating lunch, and may even take a nap during the procedure.
The micro-incisions in the donor area may be red for a day or two. It will appear normal within a week. The recipient area may show some tiny scabbing. After about 5-7 days the scabbing will be healed. Patients can drive themselves to and from the procedure and are usually back at work within a day or two.
After about three months new growth begins. The hair will continue to thicken and new growth will continue throughout 12 months. At 12 months the patient can expect the final result and the hair will continue to grow at the same rate as it did in the donor area. Color, texture, growth rate will all remain the same.