FUE Hair Transplant
Balding or losing hair in a specific location of your head is never fun. Especially if you still have perfectly growing hair in other parts of your scalp. Many people think they either need to own their Kevin Malone from The Office look or choose to shave their head entirely – but there is another option. A follicular unit extraction — or FUE — transplant uses the healthy follicles still producing hair to grow hair where you’re balding. But, is it safe, and what can you expect?
How does a FUE transplant work?
A follicular unit extraction involves removing hair follicles and grafting them onto a section of the head that’s balding. The area with healthy follicles is cleaned and prepared for harvesting. This involves numbing the area with an anesthetic and single hair follicles to transplant. The extracted follicles are then inserted into the transplant site – the bald area. Incisions are made to insert the follicular units, and once completed, hair can begin growing in the previously balding spot.
What are the risks?
When performed by an experienced specialist, hair transplants — including FUE — are completely safe. Yet, you should always talk to your specialist about your appropriateness for the procedure before making any decisions. Some of the complications may include:
- Nausea and vomiting from pain medication
- Bleeding (less than 5%)
- Infection (less than 1%)
- Excessive swelling
- A temporary headache
- Temporary numbness of the scalp
- Scarring around the grafts
- Poor growth of grafts
- Reaction to medications (less than 1%)
- Fainting (less than 1%) or syncope episodes
- Occasional small-ingrown hairs – causing a cyst (less than 10%)
- Scarring of the donor area-wide scars are possible (less than 5%)
- Delayed wound healing and lower graft yield (in patients who smoke)
Smoking is not recommended for two to three weeks prior to and following the procedure. Younger individuals may experience further thinning of their natural hair over time and require additional transplants in five to 10 years.
FUE Hair Transplant Recovery
Following the procedure, your scalp will likely be tender. Any pain or discomfort can be resolved with over-the-counter pain medications or a prescribed anti-inflammatory drug. Some discomfort may persist for several days. You’ll have bandages over your scalp for one to two days and may also be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection from occurring.
You should be able to return to work within a few days after the procedure. During the next few weeks, your transplanted hair will fall out slowly, but you should be able to see new hair growth within a few weeks or months. Hair growth typically produces a half-inch per month. You will see your final results after six to nine months.
Contact Innovations Medical for Hair Restoration Procedures
If you’re looking to reduce your balding areas and reclaim your youth, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which hair treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. Visit our page Hair RestorationWe’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 1984, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.