Hair transplants using follicular unit extraction (FUE) remove individual hair follicles from your skin and place them in different locations on your body. The new area’s hair will appear thicker as a result.
FUE has taken over for the “classic” FUT method of follicular unit transplantation. This procedure involved transplanting a full piece of skin or scalp—complete with follicles—to the desired location.
Because it’s less likely to result in a “hair plug” appearance, where patches of skin or hair don’t match the surrounding areas, FUE has grown more popular than FUT. Like FUT, it won’t also leave a noticeable scar.
A person with balding or thinning hair who still has sufficient adjacent hair to use for a transplant is the ideal candidate for a FUE hair transplant.
If you don’t have enough strong, healthy hair to transplant to the balding or thinning area, you might not be a candidate for a FUE hair transplant.
Costs for a FUE hair transplant range from $1,500 to $4,500 per session.
The following factors determine the final cost of a FUE hair transplant:
Due to the fact that most health insurance policies do not cover cosmetic operations like this, you will likely need to pay for a FUE hair transplant out of your own cash.
You’ll also need to pay for any prescription drugs you might require for pain or other potential side effects of the procedure.
When calculating the cost, you should take recovery time off of work into account. This may entail spending 3–4 days at home. Hair transplants are typically not covered by medical leave insurance at most workplaces.
The three-phase cycle of hair growth and regrowth shortens as you age until follicles stop producing new hair.
For each person, this process is different. Others go bald much later in life, while other people begin to go bald in their 20s.
By substituting these damaged follicles with fresh ones that are still capable of producing hair, FUE hair transplants restore hair.
Following the transplant, the follicles will receive blood vessel nourishment and start producing hair in the area that was previously bald or had thin hair.
The FUE procedure operates as follows:
The scalp is where FUE hair transplants are most frequently carried out.
You can even get them done on other parts of your body where there is little or no hair. Your arms, legs, and even your genital region are all candidates for FUE.
A FUE hair transplant won’t leave you with any scars other than a few little white dots where follicles were removed. They might disappear with time.
If you experience any of the following uncommon adverse effects, consult your doctor:
FUE has a rapid recovery time. For around three days, there may be some swelling or discomfort.
Here are some recommendations for aftercare that your doctor might give you:
It’s possible that some hairs will come out when the wound heals. That is typical. After 3 to 4 months, you’ll probably start to see a difference.
Your hair may not regrow as thickly as anticipated depending on the condition of your transplanted hair.
Before having a FUE hair transplant, you might need to undertake the following things: