Offering Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) to men and women seeking a solution for hair loss and thinning.
This minimally invasive outpatient procedure extracts follicles one by one without causing any type of scarring. The back of the head is used as a donor site, as it helps minimize discomfort and genetically this is where hair grows the best.
Each follicle may contain 2 to 4 hairs and is separated into units. These units are then inserted in an area where the hair is thinning or bald via a small incision. Thousands of hairs can be placed during one treatment session.
To achieve a natural look from your transplant depends on many factors, such as anterior hairline design, good density, the direction of implantation, use of appropriate follicular units in each location. At Newport Hair Clinic all the above criteria are considered before placing a hair follicle.
In regards to scarring in the donor area, FUE leaves many punctiform usually less than one millimeter in diameter. When properly done, one can hardly see them even with a short haircut.
FUE Procedure Guide
The day of your FUE procedure, the surgeon will plan out the hairline, identify and design the distribution of follicles to be transplanted, as well as map out the area that needs to be restored.
Areas of the scalp will be identified and labeled with the use of a surgical marker. This is to identify the recipient area, transition zone, donor area, and affected alopecia area. The way you style your hair will also be taken into consideration before identifying these areas.
Once the areas are marked, the hair will be shaved to a desirable length for the procedure. If there are a large amount of white hairs, a dark dye will be applied to help make the hair shaft more visible for extraction.
Preoperative medication is administered before the procedure begins. The patient will then be placed in position and an antiseptic solution is applied to the scalp. Local anesthesia will be injected into the surgical area, and follicular unit extraction from the donor site will begin.
The FUE procedure can last anywhere between 1 to 4 hours. This will highly depend on the amount of grafts that are being taken. Once the extraction phase is complete, there will be a lunch break.
This will allow for the patient, as well as staff to take a break and relax. The second phase will begin after lunch.
You will return to the procedure room and be placed in a slightly seated position. The seat has a neck support and can be adjusted for comfort. Your neck will be bent forward 10 to 20 degrees. An antiseptic solution will be applied to the recipient area. After about a minute, it will be wiped away with a normal saline solution. Local anesthesia will be injected into the recipient area. The physician will then make sites to implant the grafts one by one.
COMPLETION OF PLACEMENT
Once the follicles are all implanted, the physician will check each one and correct any that are not properly placed. The donor area will be cleaned, and the recipient area will be sprayed with normal saline. You will be given postoperative instructions before leaving your physician’s office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Benefits of FUE
- Minimally invasive
- Little to no side effects
- Can return to a normal routine the next day
- Provides a permanent and natural look
- No stitches or scarring
- Outpatient procedure
- Can see results with as little as one session
How is Survival of Graft Units Ensured?
As each follicle unit is extracted, it will be placed in a special solution. This solution extends the life of the graft outside the body and will help enhance the survival of the graft once it is inserted.
Newport Hair Clinic uses implanters to help with the placement of each follicle. This will help increase the survival rate of each follicular unit.
It allows for a more precise placement by ensuring accurate direction, depth and angle all reach their correct location.
How Long Does the FUE Procedure Take?
One session can take up to four hours or more. You may have to have three to four sessions to achieve a full head of hair. It will highly depend on the finishing results that you desire.
Is There Scarring?
Using the industry’s most advanced techniques, each follicle is extracted one by one. This eliminates permanent linear scarring from the back of the head (donor site).
This technique also ensures there is minimal discomfort and helps reduce our patient’s downtime. With the use of implanters, we are able to successfully transplant hair follicles and maximize the survival of each graft.