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    What is FUE Hair Transplant Surgery?

    FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) hair transplant surgery is a procedure that involves extracting individual hair follicles from the back and sides of your head and transplants them to a part of the scalp that suffers from thinning or balding.

    One of two techniques, the other being that of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), FUE treatments have increased in popularity amongst patients due to the hair transplant results achieved and shorter recovery time.



    FUE transplant surgery involves relocating hairs from the back and sides of the head to a balding area such as a receding hairline or thin crown. Over a 6-12 month period, these hairs will grow, recreating hair where it has previously been lost. The end result is a rejuvenated appearance of naturally grown hair.

    The process takes place whilst the patient is under local anesthesia. Once the patient is unable to feel anything, our leading surgeons extract each hair follicle individually.

    The extracted hair follicles are then reinserted using specialist sub-millimeter techniques, puncturing the areas of the scalp that are due to receive the transplanted hair follicles. The next part of the procedure applies an artistic touch as our surgeons must consider hair depth, angulation, direction, and density to provide as natural and realistic a look as possible.

    The donor area where the hair has been extracted from, heal with dot-like scars less than a millimeter in diameter. These FUE scars cannot be seen once the hair has grown to a grade 1 or 2.

    In the first 1-3 months, the newly implanted hair will shed before growing again in 4-12 months, this is when the full results will be realised.

    As hair is taken from an area that does not suffer from the underlying hair loss process, FUE hair transplants should last for 20 years and potentially a lifetime.

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    Comparing FUE and FUT Hair Transplant Surgery

    FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) are the two most popular hair transplant techniques.

    FUT also referred to as FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery), is the most traditional form of hair transplant surgery and involves the extraction of a strip of tissue from the back of the head (also known as a donor area) containing healthy hair follicles. This strip of tissue is then divided into grafts that contain these hair follicles. These grafts are then implanted into the affected hair loss areas.

    FUT is still considered a viable method of hair transplant surgery. The question that arises is whether or not it is the most effective method of hair transplantation? There are a handful of reasons for this that include, time to recover, visible scarring, surgery completion time, and desired hairstyle post-surgery.

    FUT can leave a clear scar at the back of the head whilst also taking longer to recover (14 days+) than an FUE transplant. Once completed, the patient is restricted to longer type hairstyles to hide the scar as a result of surgery.

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    FUE differs in that instead of removing a strip of tissue containing hair follicles from the back of the head, the hair follicles are removed individually using specialist surgical equipment.

    FUE surgery is considered the most popular type of hair transplant surgery nowadays for a number of reasons including, minimally visible scars with shorter hairstyles and a quicker recovery time (5-7 days) than FUT.

    FUE and FUT surgeries both have pros and cons attributed to each. FUE hair transplant surgery is quickly becoming the most popular form of hair transplant surgery due to a number of factors explained above.

    For more information as to whether or not you are a viable candidate for hair transplant surgery, take a look at our 'Is FUE For Me' guide.



    is fue hair transplant surgery right for me?

    There are a number of factors that go into deciding whether or not you might be a candidate for an FUE hair transplant.

    The first thing that needs to be decided is whether or not there is healthy hair growth on the back and sides of the head. These donor areas are where our hair transplant surgeons will harvest healthy hair follicles, relocating them to the affected hair loss areas of the scalp.

    Other considerations include the texture of the hair, hair colour, and the type of hair. Take a look at our dedicated page that explores who is a good candidate for FUE.

    HOW MUCH DOES FUE hair transplant surgery COST?

    There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to FUE hair transplants. There are a number of factors that go into determining the overall cost. At The Treatment Rooms London, hair transplant costs start at £3000, with one graft equating to £4.

    To make things easier, take a look at our interactive FUE graft calculator to get a better idea as to the potential cost. For further information, take a look at our hair transplant cost page.

    Is a hair transplant painful?

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    The procedure is conducted using local anaesthesia which means that after initial injections to numb the scalp, the procedure should not be painful. For more information take a look at our dedicated page that discusses if a hair transplant is painful.

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    The Treatment Rooms London is a CQC registered clinic based on the prestigious Harley Street as well as Putney. Our surgeons perform every single hair transplant making sure your transplanted hair is given the greatest opportunity to grow. This professional service is why patients across the world have trusted us with the long-term care of their hair.

    At your consultation, our surgeons will examine your hair personally and create a hair transplant plan to cater to your needs.

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