FUE, which stands for follicular unit extraction, is the most modern technique of hair restoration. Due to groundbreaking advances in hair transplantation procedures, this is a more advanced method of transplantation than earlier techniques such as strip harvesting transplantation or follicular unit transplantation (FUT).
When you have an FUE transplant, our team of highly experienced surgeons extract individual hair follicles from a donor area, usually on the back of the head, using a specially calibrated extraction instrument with a diameter of less than 1mm. These follicles are then individually transferred to the recipient area on the scalp and are implanted in groups ranging in size between one and four hairs (to follow the pattern hair grows naturally) using a powerful stereo microscope.
The procedure itself in minimally invasive and only requires a local anaesthetic rather than a general anaesthetic, which in turn means the recovery time and risk of complications are very low.
Following the surgery, we will provide clear aftercare instructions in addition to medication and topical treatments to ensure the best possible results.
FUE treatments differ from other hair restoration treatments in a number of ways, the first of which is the most noticeable as FUE doesn’t leave any distinctive visible scarring or any noticeable changes (barring the renewed lease of life for your hair).
By contrast, strip transplants which are performed by removing a piece of scalp covered in hair to extract hair follicles for transplantation, often leaves very distinct lateral scarring across the back of the head. In comparison to FUE, strip transplant surgery also has a much larger recovery time. Following some initial bleeding, FUE transplantation usually has a recovery time of approximately seven days, however due to the nature of strip transplantation, the recovery period can take a matter of weeks.
The possible results from FUE transplantation are of the highest quality and offer the most natural appearance of any transplantation method. Due to the often undetectable results being the most significant advantage, this method is often preferred to any other transplantation method.