FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant is a restoration procedure that involves extracting individual hair follicles from a donor area of the patient's scalp and transplanting them to the recipient area.
FUE hair transplant is generally suitable for individuals who are experiencing hair loss and who have sufficient donor hair in the back or sides of their scalp.
It's generally not recommended for individuals under the age of 20, as their hair loss pattern may not be fully established yet. The quality and texture of the donor's hair may affect the success of the procedure. People with fine or curly hair may require more careful extraction and implantation techniques.
The main difference between Classic FUE and Sapphire FUE hair transplant techniques is the type of surgical instrument used to make the incisions for hair follicle extraction. In Classic FUE, a standard punch tool with a metal tip is used to create the incisions, while in Sapphire FUE, a specialized microsurgical device with a sapphire blade is used. Here are some of the key differences between the two techniques:
Before the procedure, the patient and the surgeon have a consultation about the surgery to discuss the person's concerns, medical history, and expectations. This stage is very important as in any application and should never be skipped for getting the best result.
On the day of the procedure, the patient's hair in the donor area (usually the back or sides of the scalp) will be trimmed short to allow easier access for the surgeon during the procedure. The scalp is numbed with local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort during the procedure.
The surgeon uses a specialized punch tool with a metal tip to make tiny incisions around each hair follicle in the donor area. These are then extracted and stored in a special solution to keep them healthy until they are ready to be transplanted.
The extracted hair follicles are then carefully implanted into the recipient area using forceps. The surgeon places them in a way that ensures the most natural-looking results. Generally, an average of 3000 grafts can be transplanted in a single session.
After the procedure, the person is given detailed instructions on how to care for their scalp and hair. They may be prescribed drugs to help manage any discomfort or swelling, and they need to avoid heavy activities and exposure to the sun for several days.
Aftercare is an essential part of the healing process after a classic FUE hair transplant. Here are some tips to help the patients care for their scalp and hair in the days and weeks following the procedure:
By following these aftercare tips, the patients can help promote healing and ensure the best possible results from the classic FUE hair transplant.
Patients usually experience little to no pain during a FUE hair transplant due to the use of local anesthesia to numb the scalp.
The duration of a classic FUE hair transplant can vary depending on the number of hair follicles being transplanted. Generally, it can take several hours to complete.
Like any hair restoration procedure, there are moderate-level risks linked with a classic FUE hair transplant. Some of them include bleeding, infection, scarring, and damage to surrounding tissues. However, these are rare when the procedure is performed by a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon.