If you’re looking for a natural looking method of hair re-growth, consider the FUE method. FUE hair transplant is relatively new on the scene, and is short for ‘follicular unit extraction’. Effectively hair is being harvested from growing areas (termed donor areas) then transferred to where healthy hair growth is needed.
This procedure has proven far less invasive, and is accomplished one hair follicle at a time (it can be time intensive). Precision tools are used to harvest the hair, and they are then planted into tiny slits in the balding area. It’s important to realize this procedure is different from Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), which is done with strips of skin and hair, with individual units then being harvested from the strip and then implanted.
Whenever someone considers a medical procedure (either minor or major), there are always pros and cons to consider; the same is true for the FUE method.
PROS: There are no large scars left on the donor area since only a single follicle is harvested at a time. There is of course some scarring, however it will be much easier to conceal, and it heals over within days, moreover most recipients of the FUE method have been well pleased with the outcome.
FACTS: FUE transplantation is a proven method of surgical hair restoration that can provide a very natural and pleasing head of hair. This is especially true when compared to older style punch graft methods and strip incision transplants. A strong deciding factor for many is the fact that less scarring will be visible.
PROCEDURE: The actual method of FUE surgery is performed by harvesting individual hair follicles from what is termed the donor area (basically where hair is growing without issue) and then implanting hairs into the recipient area.
Older forms of hair replacement used entire strips of skin (in most instances) from the back of the head. Additionally it should be noted that scar tissue has a tendency to change with time and what might be passable today, could have the look of disfigurement in later years.
When considering what type of hair replacement you want (FUE or FUT), scarring should be a definite consideration, as well as the fact that FUE is far less invasive. Utilizing this method, the patient can likely resume normal life in short order, no matter the level of activity they normally performed daily. Healing, since the areas of harvesting are small occurs (depending on the patient) rapidly.
CON: A disadvantage of the FUE method is the fact that there is a higher risk of damage to individual follicles as they are extracted. This is however, minimized with the advent of technological breakthrough of Omnigraft™.
While any type of hair transplant will be dependent on both the patient and (in this case) the surgeon, since we’re dealing with individual hair follicles, they are more prone to accidental damage, thus overall procedure, while more popular, is statistically less efficient time-wise than FUT (follicular unit transplantation).
Although even this factor is negated at the quick hands of an experienced surgeon.
Is FUE Hair Transplant A Quick Procedure?
The FUE method is slightly less time-efficient based (in part) on the tools used by inexperienced surgeons. In this case, a very small cylindrical punch is used to separate the hair and surrounding tissue from the scalp, surgeons who opt to perform this surgery manually are at a distinct disadvantage.
While the procedure is effective when done correctly, if the alignment of the instrument is not perfect, there is a risk of slicing the bottom of the hair follicle, this is likely to occur as the surgeon is unable to view the entire shaft and root combined.
When this happens, the individual follicle is weakened, and its chance for survival reduced dramatically.
This situation is different compared to surgeons who utilize advanced machines such as Omnigraft™ which ensures that each hair follicle is extracted well.
RECOMMENDATION: While each situation varies, most typically a FUE procedure is recommended for those requiring smaller areas of hair re-growth, and is usually reserved for younger clients who may still be considering getting a thicker head of hair.
If you’re reading this and considering FUE restoration surgery, make sure to contact a doctor who is not simply familiar with the procedure, but who can point to multiple successful outcomes.
Once you’ve found the right doctor, discuss the ramifications with them directly. In many instances, these same professionals can offer advice and an assessment to help you make your final decision.
If you decide on a consultation, be prepared to have detailed pictures of your hair and scalp taken, this provides them with the necessary tools to make an informed diagnosis concerning your particular FUE procedure.
Factors To Consider
- When using this transplantation method the scarring is what many term as invisible.
- FUE hair transplant (Singapore) can work for people with very little donor hair to begin with.
- FUE is recommended for people who have a “tight scalp”.
- If you believe you may want a short haircut, follicular unit extraction is the recommended procedure.
- The time it takes to heal is greatly reduced with follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant.
A hair transplant is a very personal decision, and one that should not be taken in a haste. Take the time to do your own due diligence, and then consult a qualified surgeon either in person or over the Internet.
A decision can then be made based on the amount of donor hair available, the density of that hair and the area it needs to fill. Based on that, projections can be made as to how much of the bald area of your scalp can be adequately covered. It’s not a question of whether or not one can have a hair transplant, rather how much coverage can be adequately obtained.
While there is the possibility of damage to individual follicles when doing FUE generally speaking the procedure works in this manner…
1 – 3 hairs (on each graft) are carefully removed from the donor area, and then transferred directly to the balding area of the scalp and that’s basically the big overview of hair transplantation surgery.
There is no need to cut areas of skin from the healthy area, thus eliminating large areas of scarring, since the affected area is effectively the size of a pinprick.
“Urgent Information For Hair Loss Sufferers”
Whilst nutrition, supplementation and proper care of your health definitely matters. When it comes to hair loss/thinning, it is critical that you understand this as a medical problem. As such it should be best treated with medical remedies.
There are numerous treatments available to hair loss sufferers. In particular, minoxidil, pills and hair transplantation. Pills, here specifically refer to Propecia® which has DHT blocking properties. Minoxidil can be bought off the counter, however, for more potent dosages you will require a prescription. This solution applied to the scalp has been clinically shown to aid in the growth of new hairs.
Lastly, and most importantly, it is our opinion that hair transplantation (follicular unit extraction, FUE) is the best treatment against baldness especially at the top and front of your head.
FUE hair transplant acts as an effective, non-invasive hair loss treatment which transfers strong follicles (resistant to balding) onto your scalp and thus “fills” in bald spots.
Dr Donald Ng has been performing hair transplant surgery with the Omnigraft™ device for several years.
He has successfully treated hair loss patients with FUE hair transplant at his Orchard Road clinic along with his team at Alaxis Medical.
You may also dial 6690 3254 if you would like to speak to Dr Ng about your hair loss problems. His clinic’s office hours are:
Mon – Fri; 9am – 7:30pm
Sat; 9am – 2:30pm
Sun & Public Holidays; Closed