The sight of a slowly retreating hairline is distressing. Afraid of severe hair loss or going bald, you venture on non-surgical products which claim to prevent hair loss and promote the growth of new hair strands. Yes, these creams and shampoos might be the solution you need but there is a more significant solution—the FUE Hair Transplant.
With the FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplant, the doctor uses a handheld device to punch small incisions around the hair follicle in order to harvest single hair grafts. Then, the doctor plants the harvested grafts from the donor area to the affected area where they can grow.
Unnoticed hair surgery
A lot of people, particularly men, embraced it because they can wear their hair short or shaved without huge linear scars. However, you can still spot the tiny round incisions in the donor area. These tiny scars will only become obvious in large donations or when the patient needs more than 4000 grafts.
You need a good doctor for the job
The device used in FUE hair treatment enables the doctor to harvest single hair grafts one at a time. It makes the process easier for both the patient and the doctor. The speed of harvesting still depends on your doctor.
Choose a doctor who has notable credentials and experience when it comes to FUE hair transplants. More importantly, you have to find a doctor whom you can trust.
Once you’ve found a good doctor or a clinic that offers FUE Hair Transplant, call them to schedule a full consultation. A face to face meeting with your doctor will help you understand your condition, treatment options, as well as possible results and risks of the treatment.
Preparing for the FUE
Some doctors ask the patient to get a shorter haircut prior to surgery. You will need to shave the donor area of your hair because most of the hair transplant surgery equipment only works with shaven hair.
Depending on your surgery, you might need some time off of work. Make sure you have everything arranged it before your operation.
Note: The Undetectable FUE technology is also available in Singapore. Here, the patient is not required to shave their heads. The doctors will cut and extract the grafts from the donor area without touching the other hair strands. This is a little more expensive, compared to the traditional FUE hair transplant. Ask our doctors about it.
The day of the procedure
You have nothing much to do at the day of the procedure. You’ll go to the clinic and fill up some final paperwork before it begins.
Normally, the process will take several hours. The length depends solely on the number of grafts your treatment requires and the technology used to harvest them. Regardless, harvesting the grafts and transplanting it requires precision and attention to detail, so don’t expect it to finish in a matter of minutes. After the treatment, the doctor should give you a personal and professional advice on how to wash and take care of your hair.
There is no massive recovery process. In fact, you can resume your normal activities after three days. The donor area will most likely heal in ten days and you’ll start seeing growth in three to nine months.
When done correctly, the FUE hair transplant will leave you with a natural looking hairline. You’ll notice the growth of healthy new hair in the troublesome areas. A good hair transplant also follows the pattern of your existing hair.
At the end of the day, the actual results will largely depend on the skill of your doctor. It is important to find the right doctor in the beginning of your hair transplant journey.