Celebrities like Elton John and Liam Livingstone, who have acknowledged getting hair transplants to restore their thinning hairlines, have contributed to the growing acceptance of FUE hair transplants.
At Zestige, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about the services we offer. In this article, we’ll give you a brief overview of how an FUE Hair Transplant works and what’s involved in the procedure, but if you want to learn more, there’s a lot more material on our website that goes into greater detail.
What is a FUE Hair Transplant?
Hair transplants using follicular unit extraction (FUE) involve removing and replanting individual hair follicles. The hair in the new region will seem fuller as a result.
The goal of FUE was to replace the “traditional” follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method. The technique included the removal of a complete section of skin or scalp, including the hair follicles, for transplantation to the affected region.
In comparison to FUT, FUE hair transplant in London is preferred because it reduces the risk of a “hair plug” appearance, in which transplanted hair or skin doesn’t blend in with the rest of the head. Unlike FUT, it will not result in a noticeable scar.
How Does it Work?
The three-stage cycle of hair development and renewal becomes shorter and shorter as you age, and eventually, your hair follicles stop producing new hairs altogether. It’s not the same for everyone. While some men have pattern baldness in their twenties, others don’t start losing their hair until they’re far into their forties.
FUE hair transplants are effective because they swap out the damaged follicles for healthy new ones. After the procedure, the transplanted follicles will get blood supply and begin developing hair where there was thinning or baldness before.
FUE Hair Transplant Procedure
The FUE method is carried out in the following ways:
- Before removing follicles, your surgeon will shave the region around the transplant site and the surrounding hair.
- A micro punch instrument will be used to extract hair follicles from your skin.
- Using a needle or other small, sharp instrument, your surgeon will create a series of tiny incisions where the follicles will be implanted.
- The follicles will be placed into the openings.
- Your surgeon will disinfect the area and apply a bandage so you can heal.
Is There a Possibility of Side Effects?
Scarring from an FUE hair transplant is minimal to little white spots at the extraction sites. They eventually become less noticeable. If you experience any of the following uncommon negative effects, please see your doctor:
- Indicators of an Infection.
- Crusting over or discharge from an incision.
- Discomfort or inflammation at the surgical incision.
- Follicular Hyperplasia (folliculitis).
- Tissue damage and blood loss after surgery.
- Tingling or numbness at the surgical incision.
- Mismatched hair from a transplant that doesn’t blend in with the rest of your hair.
- Despite the transplant, hair loss or thinning persists.
What is the Recovery Like for FUE Hair Transplant?
Recovery time after FUE is minimal. For up to three days, you might experience swelling and some pain. Possible aftercare advice from your surgeon includes the following:
- You should go three days without washing your hair.
- Once you begin washing your hair, do so with a mild, fragrance-free shampoo for a few weeks.
- Take a few days off to rest.
- Don’t touch or comb your new hair for at least 3 weeks.
- Do not put on any headgear until your surgeon gives the all-clear.
- Don’t push yourself too hard physically for at least a week.
You may experience temporary hair loss while your body heals. Nothing unusual here. After around 3 to 4 months, you should begin to see some results.
Getting Ready for a FUE Hair Transplant
Here are some steps you may need to do before undergoing a FUE hair transplant:
- Alcohol should be avoided starting three days before surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin and other blood thinners in the two weeks leading up to surgery.
- Vitamins and other supplements should be avoided for two weeks before surgery.
- Antidepressants should be avoided for roughly 2 weeks before surgery.
- You shouldn’t have a haircut before your operation.
- To improve circulation in your scalp, massage it daily for a few weeks for ten to thirty minutes.
- Comply with your surgeon’s instructions for the use of any drugs, including minoxidil.
- Preoperative testing should include an electrocardiogram (ECG) and bloodwork.
How Much Does FUE Cost?
Depending on the extent of the procedure and the number of sessions necessary, the cost of a FUE hair transplant starts from £4000 at Zestige. We have low-interest payment plans available for up to 5 years, and we also offer 0% interest for up to 2 years. To know more about financing options, book your free hair transplant consultation today.
Why Choose Zestige for a FUE Hair Transplant?
- A minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthesia.
- Surgeons that specialise in FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplants have years of expertise and treat hundreds of patients annually.
- We use the best resources and equipment, resulting in as little scalp damage as possible.
- With little scarring following surgery, you will be able to wear your hair long or short.
- By selecting follicles by hair rather than by graft, we guarantee that only the strongest, healthiest follicles are picked for your transplant process.
- Because hair is implanted along the direction of hair development, the results will seem natural and densely packed.
- Detailed patient information.
- Superb health care facilities.
Your journey with the Zestige will be a wonderful experience on the way to a newfound head of hair thanks to the clinic’s excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, as well as honest guidance and superior care. Schedule your free consultation today and find out why we are the most trusted Harley Street hair clinic.