Understanding the Procedure
With the term “extraction” being present in the abbreviation, it does not take much effort to figure out what this form of hair transplant is all about. To put it in simpler terms, this hair restoration technique involves extracting all remaining hair on a patient with the help of a small, circular instrument. The process is usually repeated over a number of days till the surgeon feels sufficient amount of hair has been removed to proceed with the surgery.
Once the necessary amount of hair has been extracted, it is then harvested before being re-inserted into the recipient sites on the patient’s head. As soon as these places receive the rejuvenated hair, they start witnessing regular and natural growth.
For a FUE hair transplant, hair is usually extracted for harvesting from all over the head, and this includes the lower and upper regions as well. The general consensus is that hair present in these areas is not as permanent as that found in the middle areas. So, upon harvesting, their possibility of witnessing sustained growth and survival is considered less. But at the same time, there are instances when patients suffer loss of transplanted hair when the hair is taken from either the upper or lower regions of their head.
Advantages Of the Surgery
Follicular Unit Extraction presents numerous hair restoration benefits to the patients. Nor it includes any pain during or after the treatment process, nor does it always leave a scar. Most importantly, a FUE surgery does not lead to ugly scars. A brief roundup of its many advantages are as follows:
– One of the major benefits of FUE as opposed to traditional hair transplant techniques is that it does not produce any visible scars even when the individual keeps short hair
– The donor area from where the hair is extracted does not look affected over the course of the treatment
– It creates a natural look while ensuring that the individual does not feel he has undergone a hair transplant procedure
– Following completion of the hair restoration procedure, the natural hairlines reappear to ensure an attractive look
– No major wounds are produced in the treatment process while patients don’t experience any pain
– It takes only a few days for the complete recovery process unlike the month-long recovery in most other hair restoration surgeries.
Drawbacks of FUE Hair Transplants
While the FUE surgical procedure to counter hair loss has its benefits, the process also has a number of drawbacks.
– FUE surgery may at times produce scars. Patients are left with large number of non-pigmented dots around the back of their head following the surgery. Owing to their small size, these are not visible unless the patient opts for a complete shave of the head
– The effectiveness of this hair transplant procedure is another issue of contention. The high cost of the procedure usually leads patients to believe that they will be greeted with a thick layer of hair following the recovery period. However, such is not the case as results of FUE surgery vary from one individual to another.