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How does a hair transplant work?

FUE hair transplants – also known as Follicular Unit Extraction – first began to be carried out in the 1990s. The procedure proved to be an instant success – meaning thousands are now performed each day around the world. The method involves hair follicles being extracted from a donor part of the body before ultimately being implanted into the scalp. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually an easy concept for people to understand before deciding whether the procedure is for them. If you’re considering undergoing a hair transplant, let’s look at exactly how the process works.

Where does the process begin?

Every patient will begin the process with a consultation, during which it will be assessed whether they are suitable to undergo the treatment. A person’s suitability can be determined by a number of factors, but largely it will depend on the amount of hair they already have, as well as its density.

A person’s age will not necessarily be a major factor, especially since more and more men are losing their hair in their younger years. In fact, the American Hair Loss Association has found that 66% of all men will have experienced some degree of hair loss by the age of 35. Therefore, an FUE hair transplant can work for a wide demographic.

This pre-procedure stage of the process aims to manage patients’ expectations and give them an idea of what results will be likely in their individual case. All patients will have a chance to ask questions during this consultation.

FUE Hair Transplant Surgery Diagram

What happens during the procedure?

Once patients are prepped with the help of anaesthesia, the donor hairs are typically extracted from the sides or back of the head by a surgeon using a micro-needling instrument. These areas are usually deemed to be a ‘safe zone’ – basically a region of the head in which hair loss is less common and therefore existing follicles can be used.

Follicular Unit Excision Diagram

The extracted follicles are then carefully punctured into the required area of the scalp. The surgeon will align the hair in a manner that will make it look both full and natural – therefore reversing the signs of hair loss that can affect many men. Depending on the amount of grafts needed, the procedure can be completed in the space of just one sitting. However, if a larger number of grafts are required it might be necessary to space the treatment out over two sessions.

Follicular Unit Implantation Diagram

Due to the fact that the hairs have been implanted into the scalp, they are actually resistant to the balding process. This means that patients can put their worries about hair loss behind them once the procedure is complete.

What happens next?

There will usually be a noticeable difference immediately afterwards. However, the procedure is only the start of a longer process. All in all, it can typically take between eight to 12 months for the area to feature luscious natural-looking locks. This can vary from patient to patient depending on the speed in which they experience hair growth.

The hair is actually programmed to continue to grow since it is made of healthy hair follicles only in spots where cell growth had become limited. This means that patients should experience their hair growing and becoming longer in the way that it would if they had not suffered from hair loss.

Is a Hair Transplant Right for you?

If you’re unhappy with your hair and are keen to reverse the balding process, then you can benefit from visiting our hair transplant clinic in London. The Treatment Rooms offer FUE hair transplants for both men and women, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.

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