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FUE hair transplants: 10 commonly asked questions

April 5, 2019

Hair Transplant using FUE


Hair transplantation surgery has dramatically evolved over the years. Techniques have come and gone, but one thing’s for sure: the relatively recent advent of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method has forever changed the face of hair transplant surgery. Here are 10 commonly asked questions about FUE, answered:


  1. What is an FUE transplant, and is it safe?


Genetics determine which way a hair shaft grows in relation to its bulb or root. With the FUE method, follicular units can be harvested in singles, doubles, triples, or quadruples. This way, genetically related hair “families” grow together for a more natural look once transplanted. The most advanced FUE hair transplants harvest hair from the back of your scalp, using the latest in automated robotic FUE harvest technologies: Artas and NeoGraft. They are the fastest, most effective way to perform a transplant without leaving a linear scar. FUE hair transplantations are very safe, although contraindications would include autoimmune or inflammatory conditions, pregnancy, or open sores on either the donor or recipient sites.


  1. Is the FUE hair transplantation procedure a permanent solution?


You can expect the highest possible graft survival rate (85%+), and the lowest transection rates (4%). Because the grafts are extracted from the back and sides of your scalp (which are genetically programmed to never lose hair), the results of your hair restoration are lifelong. Patients are typically very happy with their results. However, during your consultation, a 10-20 year hair restoration program may be discussed in order to address the possibility of ongoing genetic hair loss.


  1. Is the FUE hair transplantation procedure painful?


The FUE hair transplantation procedure is efficient and painless once local anaesthesia is administered. Additionally, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and relaxation medication are given prior to the procedure in order to induce a calm state that lasts throughout your transplantation.


  1. Can both men and women undergo FUE hair transplants?


Yes. Female hair loss occurs too, stemming from a variety of genetic, hormonal, environmental, and medical conditions. Luckily FUE transplantation techniques are one of the most successful ways to bring back more density and thicker, more beautiful hair, even in a single session. The Artas and Neograft are very effective at addressing female pattern hair loss.


  1. How long does the FUE hair transplant procedure last?


When planning your hair restoration day, be sure to set aside 8-10 hours for the procedure. You won’t regret it! Once finished, the results of your hair restoration are considered permanent. There is no maintenance required, and by 12-14 months, you’ll notice pleasing hair growth. However, you may require more hair if some of the initially untreated hair on the top of your head thins and falls out. Some patients return for multiple transplants as needed. In general, 10-12,000 grafts can be harvested from the back of your head and made available to address your hair loss needs over time!


  1. Does FUE hair transplant result in dense hair?


SpaMedica FUE hair transplantation deploys what is called a “stick-and-place,” automation method that results in the densest, most natural-looking hair ever. A small hypodermic needle is used to create a slit along the balding frontal hairline, and as the needle is removed, the graft is inserted. This process takes approximately 2-4.5 hours, depending on the number of grafts that need to be placed!


  1. Will I lose my hair after my FUE hair transplant?


During your consultation, we will outline a program of hair restoration treatments that may be performed over 10-20 years in order to address possible ongoing genetic hair loss of follicles not initially treated at the time of your first series of treatments.


  1. How many grafts do I need for my FUE hair transplant?


Generally, 10-15% of the donor site can be harvested at the back of the head in a single session, which means 3000-4000 follicular units. Over time, 50-60% of the donor follicular units at the back and sides of the scalp can be harvested and transplanted without the hair at the back of your head appearing thin. This ensures your transplanted hair looks thick and natural on an ongoing basis.


  1. Strip grafting vs FUE hair transplants: which is better?


Robotic and Automated Neograft FUE harvest technologies are the fastest, most accurate and effective way to harvest hair without a leaving linear scar. This is a huge improvement on the older strip grafting technique, known to cause more pain and scarring: although strip grafting is still performed, it has more aesthetic and functional disadvantages compared to FUE.


  1. When can you cut your hair post FUE?


It’s best to wait a month post FUE to get a haircut. During that time, we may suggest using special shampoo or other treatments to promote healing. Your scalp may be more sensitive than usual at first. While it’s unlikely you’ll want a haircut right away, it’s best to wait until your scalp has fully healed.


Take advantage of our ongoing promotion! $500 off your first men’s FUE transplant, with financing available at no added interest for 6 months. To make it happen, simply book your appointment on an evening or a Saturday.

Book a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto today to find out more about FUE hair transplantation as well as other effective hair loss procedures available to you!

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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