Hair Transplant Houston
What is FUE Hair Transplant?
Follicular Unit Extraction, more commonly referred to as FUE, is one of two modern hair transplant techniques. FUE is a minimally invasive hair restoration option that demands skill and precision to achieve the best result. The FUE technique involves harvesting healthy hair follicles from the scalp and grafting them directly on to the bald and thinning areas of your head. Although the transplanting principle sounds the same as the previous strip technique, the FUE technique achieves a more natural look without leaving any visible scars.
The Big Advantages of the FUE Technique:
- No linear scarring or stitches, allowing you to wear your hair short
- Achieves a more natural look
- Only the healthy and strong follicles are transplanted
- Less pain and potentially no missed days of work
- Initial healing takes only two to four days
- Sports activities can be resumed after one week
- The cost of a hair transplant is even less than previous processes
How FUE works
FUE works by extracting naturally occurring groups of one to three hairs and transplanting these to the area of the scalp – typically the area that is balding.
We will first work to remove groups of between one and three hairs. These groups of hairs are typically extracted from the sides of the head or back of the neck, using a specialized extraction instrument less than 1mm in diameter. These follicles are then transferred to the recipient area of the scalp and implanted using a powerful stereo microscope. We are experts at blending the hair in and inserting the grafts at an angle and density that matches the original hair, so it will resemble a natural and realistic hair pattern.
How long does it take?
An FUE hair transplant is typically done in one day. It tends to be more time consuming than strip surgery but does not leave the obvious and typical scars that strip surgery does.
The length of time for an FUE procedure can vary, but it usually depends on how many grafts are needed. A smaller procedure, where only around 200 grafts are needed, can be completed in a couple of hours. However, a larger procedure of around 2,500 to 3,000 grafts will require a longer session that may take the entire day.
How long does it take to recover?
Unlike strip surgery, FUE hair transplantation does not require large areas of the scalp to be harvested. There is also no linear incision on the back of the head, nor does it leave a linear scar.
As individual follicles are removed, it only leaves small, which are practically invisible to the naked eye. There is hardly any post-surgical pain and discomfort – with the average recovery time being less than 7 days.
How long do results last?
Once you have undergone FUE, the results are permanent. While the initial transplanted hair will shed a few weeks after treatment, it will grow back strong and healthy.
What sets us apart from others?
We have years of experience in hair transplant. We take every step to give you the most natural results in the most comfortable environment. We pay special attention to the frontal hairline by using single hair follicles in the front paying particular attention to the angle, density, and pattern of the transplanted follicles. We also provide IV sedation at no additional charge to avoid the “injection pain” during the infiltration of the local anesthetic. Most of our patients have very little recollection of the procedure.