FUE hair transplants are one of the more modern methods of surgical hair restoration that you can take advantage of today. What does FUE mean? It stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and can provide much better (almost incredible) cosmetic results when you compare it to the older style of punch graft and strip incision transplants. There’s also far less scarring than with any other method.
When you’re having a transplant the area where the hair is taken from is called the donor area. With older methods an entire strip of skin would be cut from the back of your head. This would usually leave a pretty big scar on the back of your head – so short haircuts were out; even if the hair transplant was 110% successful. Even worse these scars can stretch and become a disfiguring feature on the back of your head.
So why is FUE a better choice when it comes to hair transplants? Well the main reasons are:
1. The scarring is almost invisible.
2. It’s suitable for people with very little donor hair (Norwood 6).
3. It’s ideal for anyone who has a «tight scalp».
4. If you want to cut your hair short afterwards then FUE is the only way to go.
5. Healing time is much shorter with FUE transplants.
Before you have an FUE transplant a qualified surgeon will need to check your suitability first. The amount of donor hair and the density of this hair will decide how much of the bald area of your scalp can be covered effectively. You can always have a hair transplant – the question is how much coverage you’re going to get in the end.
With this type of transplant the hairs are removed in tiny follicular units (1 – 3 hairs) and transplanted directly into the scalp. These hairs are transplanted directly from the donor area without any need for a strip of skin to be cut away. There are scars in the donor area but these are the size of a pin prick on your skin – you’d need a magnifying glass to find them.
The older styles of hair transplant are becoming obsolete very quickly – just because FUE has proven to be so successful. Patients have had more than 8,000 hairs transplanted in a single session with this type of hair transplant. That means you have a single hair transplant, heal up and then spend the next 12 months watching all that new hair grow on your head…..and nobody will be sure how it even happened.
Oh and how expensive are these procedures? Well it depends on what doctor you go to but the prices range from about $3 – $8 per hair graft (follicular unit). It ain’t cheap but it’s one way you can permanently solve your hair loss problems guys!