Why I should consider a Hair Transplant with the F.U.E. technique?

By: Dr. Calvin Williams


Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat hair loss in both men and women. Unlike Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), FUE does not involve the removal of a strip of skin from the scalp. Instead, individual hair follicles are harvested directly from the donor area and transplanted to areas of the scalp where hair is thinning or balding. In this post, we will explore some of the reasons why FUE may be a good treatment option for those experiencing hair loss.

Q: What are the benefits of FUE?

A: FUE offers several benefits as a hair restoration treatment:  

  1. Minimally invasive: FUE is a minimally invasive procedure that does not involve the removal of a strip of skin from the scalp. This means that there is minimal scarring, and the recovery time is shorter compared to FUT.  
  2. Natural-looking results: The individual hair follicles used in FUE are carefully selected to match the patient's natural hair texture, thickness, and growth pattern. This ensures that the transplanted hair blends seamlessly with the patient's existing hair, creating a natural-looking result. 
  3. High success rate: FUE is a well-established hair restoration technique with a high success rate. When performed by an experienced surgeon, the procedure is generally safe and effective.  
  4. Can be used on any part of the scalp: FUE can be used to treat hair loss on any part of the scalp, including the hairline, crown, and temple areas.  
  5. Transplant hairs are here to stay, as these hairs can grow permanently to the new recipient area. 

Q: Who is a good candidate for FUE?

A: FUE may be a good option for those who:  

  1. Have sufficient donor hair: FUE requires a sufficient amount of hair to be transplanted from the donor area to the recipient area. If the patient does not have enough donor hair, another treatment option may be recommended.  
  2. Have realistic expectations: FUE can provide a significant improvement in the appearance of thinning or balding areas of the scalp, but it is not a miracle cure. Patients should have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved through the procedure. This can be discussed at your consultation.  
  3. Are in good overall health: As with any surgical procedure, FUE requires a patient to be in good overall health to minimize the risk of complications.  
  4. Want to avoid a visible scar: FUE is a good option for patients who want to avoid a visible scar on the scalp, which is a potential side effect of FUT.

Q: What is the recovery like after FUE?

A: The recovery period after FUE typically lasts for a few days to a week. During this time, patients may experience some swelling and discomfort in the scalp. Pain medication can be prescribed to manage any discomfort. Patients will also need to avoid strenuous physical activity and exposure to direct sunlight for several weeks after the procedure. The transplanted hair will begin to grow within a few weeks to months, and patients can expect to see significant improvement in the appearance of their hair within six to nine months. At your consultation, you will receive information that will clearly outline what your recovery will be like.

Q: Are there any risks associated with FUE?

A: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with FUE. These can include, but not limited to, bleeding, infection, scarring and undesired results. However, these risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced surgeon who specializes in FUE and following all post-operative instructions carefully.

In conclusion, Follicular Unit Extraction can be a good treatment option for those experiencing hair loss. It offers natural-looking results with a high success rate and minimal scarring. Patients should have sufficient donor hair, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon and follow all post-operative instructions carefully. Please make a consultation today, to discuss hair transplant with Dr. Calvin Williams and our team at Essential Dermatology Group, here in Bedford, TX.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.