First, let us understand what a hair transplant (HT) is. In HT, healthy hair follicles are extracted from the donor site, which is usually the back of the head, and implanted in the balding area, i.e., the recipient site.
Due to advancements in the HT procedure, the grafted hair takes the direction of the patient’s natural growth pattern, making it look almost natural.
FUE and FUT are the two main methods of hair transplant that are used to resolve baldness and hair loss issues. Fortunately, our clinic offers hair transplant in Pune and other areas using both these methods.
In Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE hair transplant, the extraction of individual hair follicles is done using a micro punch tool, and these hair follicles are then implanted into the balding area. When compared to FUT, in FUE, there is no visible scarring even with short hair, and it also helps achieve a more natural look.
FUE Hair Transplant Procedure
The hair transplant surgeon will explain to you all the details of the operation. Before we start with the surgery, you can clear all the doubts and hesitation by talking it over and questioning the surgeon.
After examining your head, our surgeon will do the necessary preparation before the procedure. They will show you the area where the transplantation will take place.
During the preparation, the area on the head where the hair follicles are going to be harvested from is washed and shaved. This area is dubbed as donor area.
- Step 1 Local Anesthetic: Licodaine and anesthetic is applied to the back of the neck, and the roots of your hair will be numbed, and it will minimize the pain. You will feel almost nothing during the operation during the harvesting step.
- Step 2 Harvesting: With the use of a micro punch tool, the surgeon will remove individual hair follicles from your skin. They will then make a series of tiny incisions with a needle/small, sharp tool where the extracted follicles will be inserted. The healthy follicles will be collected and kept in the Hypothermosol FRS storage solution. This step takes around 2 to 4 hours.
- Step 3 Counting: These hair follicles will be counted.
- Step 4: The surgeon creates a series of tiny incisions, according to the number of hair follicles collected. In this step, the natural look of your hair will be obtained. It takes around 45 minutes to 1.5 hours for this step.
- Step 5: A custom-made incision needles will be used. The hair follicles will be planted into the tiny incisions. And this step takes around 2 or 3 hours.
How many sessions are required for a hair transplant procedure?
FUE is a time-consuming procedure as it had to be done perfectly and accurately, especially the placement of the grafts. There is a limit to how many grafts are transplanted in a session as anesthesia is administered to the patient.
In the 1st sitting, a maximum of 2500 – 3000 hair grafts can be implanted, which takes around 7 to 8 hours to complete. If you require more than 3000 grafts, the surgeon might take up to 2 to 3 sessions.
Precautions to follow after the FUE procedure:
- Cover your head with a headcover provided by the surgeon.
- Also, wear a loose hat during the recovery period.
- Follow the doctor’s prescription strictly.
- Abstain from heavy lifting work, contact sports, and sexual intercourse.
- Avoid direct sunlight for the first month following your operation.
How long does the hair take to grow after the FUE transplant?
Within the first three weeks of the transplant, the transplanted hair will shed. The transplanted follicle will go into a so-called “sleep mode,” so it does not produce hair for a while.
10 to 20% of hair growth is seen within the 3 to 4 months after the hair transplant. In the following 6 months, about 50% of hair growth is visible. 80% result can be seen in 8 to 9 months. The complete 100% results can be seen in 9 to 12 months after the hair transplant procedure.
What is the cost of an FUE hair transplant procedure at La Denistae?
The starting cost for 1500 grafts for FUE is ₹ 45,000. The per graft cost of hair transplant is ₹20/per graft at La Denistae.
Factors that affect the cost of FUE hair transplant:
- Number of grafts required: The cost will vary according to the number of grafts required, i.e., it would cost more to cover the whole scalp than just some area on the scalp.
- Grade of baldness: Grade of baldness means how hair loss is progressing. For example, in the 1st grade of baldness hair transplant is not recommended, but after the 2nd grade of baldness, a hair transplant is recommended.
- Hair transplant technique used: The technique used will determine the cost. If the latest technology is used, the cost will also increase.
Advantages of the FUE Technique:
- No visible scarring
- A short period of recovery
- Get a natural look even with short hair.
- Minimal pain so you can function normally.
- It takes 4 to 5 days only for initial healing to happen
Before & After
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Before the procedure, local Anastacia will be injected into the scalp. During the procedure, there will be mild discomfort. After surgery, for 2-3 days you might feel pain but the pain is bearable.
FUE leaves dot like scars. These scars are not visible even if the hair is cut close to the scalp.
Yes, the hair transplanted with FUE lasts forever.
After the age of 25 years when a person starts to experience hair loss, that’s the time they should go for an FUE hair transplant.