If you have a problem with hair loss, there are now more options than ever to help you regain a full head of hair. More people have begun to take charge of their hair loss by doing procedures such as hair transplants. Follicular unit Extraction (FUE) is one of the most effective solutions for hair loss. If you’re wondering – “How do I know if I’m a FUE hair transplant candidate?” we explore some of the important considerations below.
The Problem of Hair Loss
Hair loss is more common in men, and is most often caused by male pattern baldness. This is usually characterized by receding of the frontal hairline, as well as around the temples. Hair loss can also be triggered by other factors such as stress, and the natural process of aging.
What is the FUE Hair transplant Procedure?
FUE is a safe method of hair restoration that uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver natural, long lasting hair transplant results. The procedure has gained worldwide attention because of its ability to help men and women regain their hair.
FUE is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. There is very little discomfort and no scarring with FUE. In addition, downtime is minimal.
How Does it Work?
Local anesthetic is first injected into the donor site, which is normally at the back of the head. This area is typically resistant to hair loss. A special instrument is used to remove individual groups of hair follicles directly from the scalp. The hair follicles are then treated and prepared, before being precisely transplanted into the balding area of the head, known as the recipient site.
FUE leaves behind puncture marks in the areas where the hair follicles are removed. These are very small wounds that tend to heal within 5 to 7 days.
What are the Benefits?
The extracted hair follicles are extremely fragile and the FUE process facilitates the careful implantation of the follicles, in order to ensure a good yield from the grafts. The FUE method avoids damage to the donor area and keeps the area intact.
Since the follicles are selected on a one-to-one basis, the surgeon has the opportunity to select the healthiest follicles and this will in turn increase the success of the transplantation process.
There is no strip of hair removed with FUE as there is with the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) method and so there is no linear scar. The results with FUE look and feel natural.
How to Know if I am A Good FUE Hair Transplant Candidate?
Candidacy for FUE depends on several factors including the following:
The availability of hair in the donor site. Individuals considering the procedure should have healthy hair growth in the donor area.
- The density of hair in the donor site. There are times when the thinning area may be fairly large, when compared to the limited donor site. The amount of hair in the donor site should therefore be sufficient, to provide the grafts needed to gain optimal results in the recipient site.
- The size of the donor site. FUE is suitable for individuals with a small donor site, as the follicular units are extracted individually.
- How quickly you need to return to work. Recovery time is minimal with FUE, which is a benefit to patients that cannot afford a long time off from work and other activities.
Patients who undergo FUE may often have to wear their hair short in order to disguise any scarring in the donor area. The ideal clients for FUE should also have realistic expectations about surgery.
Individuals considering treatment for hair loss should carefully review their options, and seek professional medical help for the problem. FUE should be done by a skilled medical practitioner that has been performing the procedure for several years.