The Science Of FUE Hair Transplant: How Does It Work And What To Expect During The Procedure?

Follicular Unit Extraction is a popular hair transplant technique used to restore hair in people with baldness or thinning hair. The procedure involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor area and transplanting them to the recipient area. That said, what is the science behind the FUE method? Let’s take a closer look.

How Does FUE Hair Transplant Work?

The FUE hair transplant technique involves the following steps:

  • Consultation: The first step is to consult with a hair transplant team who will evaluate your hair loss and determine if you are a suitable candidate for FUE hair transplant.
  • Donor Area Preparation: In FUE hair transplant, the donor area is the part of the scalp with healthy hair follicles that will be used for transplanting. Before the procedure, the donor area is shaved and numbed with a local anesthetic.
  • Follicle Extraction: Using a micro-punch tool, the hair transplant medical expert extracts individual hair follicles from the donor area. The micro-punch tool creates tiny circular incisions around each follicular unit, which are then removed using forceps.
  • Follicle Preparation: After extraction, the hair follicles are sorted and prepared for transplantation. The hair transplant expert carefully inspects each follicular unit under a microscope to ensure its quality.
  • Recipient Area Preparation: Before transplanting the follicular units, the recipient area is prepared by making tiny incisions or holes where the follicles will be placed.
  • Follicle Transplantation: The final step involves transplanting the prepared follicular units into the recipient area. The hair transplant expert places each follicle into the tiny incisions made in step 5. The medical professional ensures that the transplanted hair is aligned with the natural hair growth pattern and angle to achieve a natural-looking result.

What Kind of Results Can Someone Expect From Their FUE Hair Transplant?

The transplanted hair follicles will shed within a few weeks after the procedure. This is a normal part of the healing process, and patients should not be alarmed. The transplanted hair follicles will then enter a resting phase, and new hair growth will start in about 3-6 months. The final results of FUE hair transplant can take up to a year to be fully visible.

What to Expect During the FUE Hair Transplant?

The FUE method is performed under local anesthesia and is a minimally invasive procedure. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and can resume normal activities within a few days.

The procedure typically takes several hours to complete, depending on the size of the transplant area. Patients are advised to wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid damaging the transplanted hair follicles.

After the procedure, patients are given instructions on how to care for the transplanted hair and prevent infection. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity, direct sunlight, and swimming for a few days after the procedure.

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FUE hair transplant is a safe and effective hair restoration technique. It involves the extraction of individual hair follicles from the donor area and transplanting them into the recipient area. The procedure is minimally invasive and has a quick recovery time. Patients can expect natural-looking hair growth in the transplanted area within a few months. If you are considering FUE hair transplant, it is important to consult with a qualified hair transplant team such as our Nova Medical experts who can evaluate your hair loss and recommend the best course of treatment. Give us a call to speak with us directly!


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