Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or DHI hair transplant
is a hair transplant procedure that involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor site to the transplant area. It is considered the safest procedure with minimal scarring. This short blog explains what to expect in an FUE procedure.
How FUE Works
FUE is done fast in just a few hours in a course of several sessions, depending on the amount of hair transplant. The surgeon makes microincisions or punctures using a pen-shaped tool that makes tiny holes to incise the healthy hair follicle. The extracted hair follicle is then transferred to the transplant site, which eventually becomes small circular white scars.
Before the transplant, the area is made numb with local anaesthesia. Once the procedure is completed, the transplanted area is lathered with an antibiotic cream and covered with a clean bandage to promote recovery and prevent infection. Although most FUE procedures are done on the scalp, they can also be performed on any part of the body with healthy hair follicles.
Expected Results After The Procedure
Whilst most FUE procedures have the same results and effects, expect some variations depending on several factors such as age, after-care, and other underlying conditions. After the procedure, you may experience swelling for three days. During the recovery period, it is normal to experience hair loss. You can only see the benefits of the procedure in three to four months, and see full results in a year. Moreover, it is recommended to follow after-care procedures to promote faster healing and better results. Your doctor will indicate the proper method of shampooing and showering, as well as things to avoid.