FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is a hair transplant procedure, where automated and robotic rotatory punches are used to precisely extract the follicular units of single, double and triple hair families that share one bulb or root system. The small 0.8 and 0.9 mm punch holes from the extraction site heal almost imperceptibly, avoiding the very noticeable and aesthetically unattractive linear scars associated with old-fashioned strip graft surgery.
Are You a Candidate?
Toronto hair transplantation patients seeking FUE hair graft transplants to their mustache, sideburns and beard are generally healthy patients who have suffered a traumatic loss of hair through injury, or have a hereditary lack of facial hair or isolated patches of relative absent facial hair. Good candidates are patients with realistic expectations about their mustache, sideburns and beard density, who are medically well and do not suffer any chronic medical diseases such as diabetes or other autoimmune diseases. Patients cannot be pregnant and should not have any other medical illnesses.
The procedure starts with a selection of FUE Hair Grafts from specific areas of the scalp where the diameter and appearance of the hair shafts most closely matches those of the mustache, sideburn and/or beard, ensuring the most natural appearance. The number of FUE single hair grafts needed for the restoration is estimated before the procedure. It may be between 250 and 3,000 depending upon the size and density of grafts needed to provide the fullest and most natural result.
The harvesting sites are shaven to a short stubble (to avoid clogging up the automated systems) and if the hair above the harvest site is long it can cover up the donor site immediately with long hair and/or the addition of hair extensions, or some patients completely shave their head prior to the procedure.
Local Anesthesia and Harvesting for Hair Transplant
Local anesthesia is inserted delicately into the donor site harvest area, rendering the entire scalp completely anesthetic with no feeling. While the scalp is anesthetized the small rotatory and automated punches are guided by hair technicians and the follicular units are harvested. The small resulting defect from the harvested single hair FUE grafts is less than a millimeter in diameter and heals uneventfully over the next two weeks and is unapparent at normal conversational distances. This avoids the unattractive and anesthetically displeasing linear scars associated with the old-fashioned strip graft technique.
Once harvested, the follicular unit grafts are kept on ice while the recipient site of the mustache, sideburn and/or beard is prepared. The area to be grafted has been demarcated and marked out with a surgical marker in conjunction with the patient to ensure the aesthetic goals are achieved.
Hair Recipient Area
The area is then again rendered painless with local anesthesia and the transplanted FUE single hair grafts are placed in a precise density and fashion to create a natural looking mustachio, sideburn and beard. A tiny needle is used to create the recipient slits into which the FUE single hair grafts are placed. Micro jeweler forceps are used to painlessly and traumatically insert each little single hair FUE graft into its recipient slit. Once placed expertly the bulbs of these transplanted grafts pick up a blood supply and begin producing hair.
Is the FUE Hair Transplantation to the Moustache, Sideburns and Beard Painful?
The procedure is not painful once local anesthetic is instilled. Local anesthesia itself can be uncomfortable, but oral sedation and modified techniques makes the anesthetic infiltration very acceptable. Patients who undergo single hair FUE hair restoration to the mustache, side burn and beard describe the procedure as very tolerable.
How Long Does the FUE Hair Transplantation to the Moustache, Sideburns and Beard Take to perform?
The amount of time taken for the FUE hair transplantation to the beard, moustache and side bun procedure depends on how many grafts need to be harvested and inserted. Small segmental defects may take a matter of an hour and a half to two hours for the entire procedure. However, for full moustache, sideburn and beard restoration, it will require up to 3,000 follicular unit extraction grafts to be harvested and this may take 3-4 hours. Slow meticulous and artistic implantation technique means another 4.5-5 hours of implantation. Most extraction cases of 3000 units for mustache, sideburn, beard or scalp will take between 8 and 10 hours to complete.
Most patients are very comfortable with the oral sedation provided and are able to sit in a semi-reclined position during the implantation and are able to watch movies on a large flat screen or listen comfortably to their own music or the music provided by the clinic.
The donor site, where the hair has been taken grows out over 7-10 days and the stubble hides the now completely healed over small donor site rotatory punch defects. At that point a barber can blend in the donor site hair length so it all looks uniform.
The area that has been transplanted remains somewhat swollen and there is a dry scab on each shaft. The dry scab comes off at approximately 7-10 days and about 50% of the hair shafts come off with the scab. The bulbs, however, do not fall out and retain their blood supply and survive and begin to grow hair at about 4-6 months. Approximately 50% of the hair bulbs do not shed their shaft and these start growing within 2 weeks and contribute to the density of the moustache, sideburn and/or beard almost immediately.
Usually by one year, Toronto FUE hair transplant patients who undergo SpaMedica Hair transplantation to their moustache, sideburn and beard have their complete and fully harmonized density.
Toronto FUE hair transplant patients presenting to Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica for mustache, sideburn and beard hair restoration can expect natural looking results with reasonable to good density and excellent and artistic beard and mustache pattern design. Patients get to actively participate in the design of the mustache, sideburn and beard and then the requisite density is implanted using micro needle insertion techniques. The years of experience of the SpaMedica hair transplantation team will ensure the best possible mustache, sideburn and beard pattern available.
Toronto FUE hair transplantation patients undergoing single graft FUE restoration of their moustache, sideburns and beard generally are extremely pleased with the natural and compelling nature of their results. The special selection of donor site matched hair and the meticulous and experienced technique of insertion at just the right angle and density ensure that Toronto FUE hair restoration patients to the moustache, sideburns and beard receive, at SpaMedica, the highest tech harvesting technology and the most experience FUE insertion technical expertise.