Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) FAQs

If your hair is thinning, you may experience hair loss from not only your head but from other areas of the body, as well. Hair restoration can be used to restore scalp hair, beard hair, eyebrow hair, and more. If you have thinning hair, it may be time to investigate hair restoration techniques. With hair restoration procedures from a knowledgeable and experienced hair treatment doctor, you can have the fuller, thicker hair you desire. 

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

Also known as FUE, follicular unit extraction is rapidly becoming a favored treatment for hair transplant procedures. In an FUE procedure, the physician uses a specialized instrument to remove individual follicular units from an individual’s scalp works. These are harvested from a part of the head where healthy hair growth is occurring, such as the back or side. Once isolated and prepared for placement, these individual follicles are then inserted into the areas of the head suffering from hair loss. 

The FUE procedure may successfully provide new hair growth in the areas where the follicular units have been implanted. FUE uses the latest, most minimally invasive technology and advanced tissue grafting techniques. Your hair restoration physician can discuss your options with you and help you determine which methods and technologies are best for you. 

This is a very complicated and specialized procedure, but reported success rates are high, individuals typically experience speedy recovery times, and the process leaves no visible scarring. As with any other medical procedure, you’ll want to get your hair restoration treatment from a qualified and well-practiced physician. 

How long will my head be irritated?

The FUE procedure is usually carried out within just one day. The time it takes will depend on how much hair is being transplanted and how much area must be covered. In the long run, patients will see no visible scarring. However, a patient’s head will likely show some signs of redness and tissue irritation where the new follicles are inserted due to the nature of the procedure. However, this should be minimal and only last 3-7 days with the correct aftercare.

Can the hair be transferred from my beard to my head?

Men with thinning hair often have no problems growing a full beard. So, can beard hair be used for scalp implants? Ordinarily, scalp hair follicles are the preferred choice for FUE extraction, as they are more consistent with your existing hair

If you are looking to undergo an FUE procedure, you are well-advised to choose a surgeon who has extensive experience working with this kind of hair follicles and is aware of the potential challenges. If you have further questions or would like to set up a consultation for FUE or any other hair restoration method, contact a hair treatment doctor.

Resource: Hair Transplant

Dr. Robin Unger, Hair Loss Doctor NYC