All You Need To Know About The FUE Hair Transplant
Although approximately two-thirds of men will experience hair loss to some extent, it can still be a source of embarrassment. Perhaps this is because a full head of hair is considered attractive, or maybe sufferers dislike the idea of getting older. Whatever the reason, hair loss, also known as male pattern baldness, is something that many wish to reverse. Follicular Unit Extraction, commonly referred to as the FUE Hair Transplant, does just that.
What Causes Hair Loss?
People typically lose around 50-100 hairs from their head per day, however, this usually goes unnoticed as approximately the same number grow back. Hair loss occurs when a larger number of hairs is lost than replaced.
The most common cause of hair loss is genetics. A hereditary condition that is tied to ageing, male pattern baldness usually begins to manifest itself as a receding hairline, before the hair on the top of the head becomes increasingly sparse. Female pattern baldness is less common but also linked to family history, with a broadening of the parting the most common first sign.
Hormonal changes and medical conditions can also cause hair loss, although this is most often temporary. Hair loss can accompany thyroid problems, immune system issues, menopause and post-pregnancy.
What Is The FUE Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a procedure that moves hair from one area of the body where it is plentiful, to another where it is absent or thinning. During an FUE Hair Transplant, individual hair follicles are extracted using a handheld instrument measuring less than 1mm in diameter and transferred to the scalp. The practitioner mimics the pattern of hair that previously grew in the area to ensure a natural look. As the hair follicles are transported one by one, any scarring that occurs as a result of the treatment is not visible to the naked eye.
The FUE Hair Transplant is minimally invasive and requires little to no downtime. What’s more, the entire scalp should heal within 7 days. The individual extraction of hair follicles can be a lengthy process, so patients may be required to spend a full day at the clinic. This depends on the size of the area being treated. The FUE Hair Transplant allows hair to continue to grow naturally, with the full effect of the results seen around 6 to 9 months post-treatment.
How Is The FUE Hair Transplant Different From The FUT Hair Transplant?
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is an older hair transplant method whereby a strip of hair is taken from the body, divided into pieces and transported to the scalp. A large number of follicles are removed at once, which can leave a scar. Recovery times are longer as sutures are needed to close skin where the strips of hair were removed. Unlike the FUE Hair Transplant, FUT procedures can look unnatural as the clumped nature of the hair follicles may not match the way the old hair grew on the scalp.
Book Your Consultation At North West Aesthetics
Dr. David Taylor is one of the most highly trained and experienced practitioners in FUE Hair Transplants in the North. In his capable hands, hair loss and low self-esteem become things of the past. To book your consultation, call 01942 909 003 or complete our online contact form today.