Follicular Unit Extraction abbreviated and commonly known as ‘FUE’ is a modern surgical method for a hair transplant procedure. It involves pulling out individual follicles at the back of the head, medically known as the ‘Donor Area’. The hair follicles are then re-inserted into areas of hair loss.
Another benefit of FUE is that there is virtually undetectable scarring at the donor site following the procedure.
This is a great option for those with longer natural hair as the scalp does not need to be trimmed short prior to the surgery. At Zestige, our surgeons can use the longer hair to mask the site of extraction. There is virtually undetectable scarring at the donor site following the procedure.
Step 1 - It starts off with a consultation where the problem & treatment plan is discussed.
Step 2 - Incisions are made by the expert surgeons in the recepient area of the scalp for the hair to be implanted. Incisions are created to match the direction & density of the existing natural hair.
Step 3 - Folllicles (grafts) are extracted from the donor area at the back of the head, using a specialised hand tool to minimise trauma to the scalp.
Step 4 - These extracted follicles are then transplanted into the incisions at the receipient area, again ensuring to match the growth pattern of the natural hair. This will create a seamless blend between the native & transplanted hair.
Step 5 - 12 months later, you will experience the success of your transplanted hair, which will continue to improve.
At Zestige, we use cutting-edge technology involving a cold, motorised extracting device, which allows for a pain-free, individual follicle removal process. This is because there is less trauma to the ‘donor area’ preventing damage and transection of follicles. The removed grafts of hair are then carefully placed individually into the recipient area of the transplant. As the diameter of the extracting device is small, scarring is kept to a minimum and recovery is fast.
FUE hair transplant works by transplanting hair follicles from a donor site, usually the back of the head to the area of hair loss. For an FUE transplant to be successful, you need sufficient density of hair follicles at this site.
If your hair loss area is smaller than a third of your scalp, then it can be restored by a single FUE procedure. If your hair loss is bigger than this, you may need a second procedure or a combination with a FUT transplant instead. This is because at Zestige, we work to achieve natural density in the recipient area, without over harvesting or damaging the back of your head and nape. Where we have been approached to carry out corrective surgeries, the usual reason is that over-harvesting of follicles during a previous transplant (at another clinic) has left the patient with patches of poor density at the donor site.
The best hair transplants are those that replicate the characteristics of nature and your native hair. This is done by ensuring the direction and orientation of each strand of hair fits with your hair growth pattern. In addition to this, the density of the hair transplant should replicate the overall density of the rest of the scalp to create a seamless blend.
How does Zestige achieve this? Experience. Our surgical team is one of the most experienced in the world when it comes to hair transplants. They carefully manage each follicle extracted, and plan exact placement with more singular stranded hairs in the front and multiple stranded follicles behind. This replicates nature! That's how we can give you a natural head of thick hair!
At Zestige, we are proud of an industry leading viability rate for hair transplants. This is the success rate of the taking of each transplanted follicle. How do we achieve this? Each stage of the hair transplant is performed extremely delicately to prevent trauma to the follicle and very efficiently to minimise time the time the follicle is kept outside the scalp.
In our experience when some individuals have come to us for corrective surgery, they often experience transected follicles (when the follicle has not been taken). This is either because the follicle is not embedded in the scalp carefully, or the surgery was performed inefficiently causing trauma to the follicle.
Price is calculated on an individual basis depending on the complexity of the hair transplant required. You will be advised on the cost following a consultation with one of our experts.
This depends on the number of hair grafts required. On average, the procedure last 6-8 hours. However, when large numbers of hair grafts are required, the surgery can be split across two days.
The new outline of the hair will be visible immediately, but it is normal for the transplanted hair to shed a few weeks after the procedure. This may cause the transplanted area to appear thinner initially. New transplanted hair begins to grow at around 10 weeks. At about 6 months you will start to see a visible improvement in the transplanted area. After 12 months, you will experience significant growth and thereafter it will continue to improve.
The cause and nature of hair loss will dictate whether the patient is suitable for a procedure. It is quite possible that a person with extensive hair loss can achieve extremely good results after transplant surgery. Patients can also go onto a hair loss prevention program. Our experts will be able to measure hair loss to identify the best course of action.
This is variable from person to person. It depends on the nature of your work and the aftereffects of surgery. Some people experience swelling post-surgery that can take a few days to settle. There will also be some scabbing post-surgery. If you have enough hair to disguise this or work from home, you may feel ready to return to work the next day but if you have a strenuous job you may consider the tasks you do for the first few days.
It is advised that you do not have any alcohol or caffeine on the day of surgery. You are also advised to stop smoking at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. Smoking decreases blood flow to the transplanted area and therefore decreases nutrient delivery to the transplanted follicles.
Take a shower and take care of your personal hygiene the morning of the operation. Do not have any styling products in your hair. Come to the operation well rested and having eaten a light breakfast. We advised you to wear a button-up or wide necked tops so they do not drag over the scalp after surgery. This is a good habit for the weeks following the procedure too.
The dressing at the donor site can be soaked off the day following the procedure. Wash the area thoroughly and apply aloe vera to reduce any irritation. Make sure the transplanted area is kept clean to reduce chance of infection. The transplanted area can be washed 4 days post-surgery. Use the shampoo provided in the hair pack, and follow a non-touch policy to wash your hair in your first hair wash. In subsequent hair washes you can use gentle movement to help remove the scabs. Normal hair-washing regime can be resumed after 8 days.
You should lay on your back with your head elevated at 45 degrees for the first 2 days. Use a cold compress on your cheekbones following the surgery to reduce the chance of swelling. Return to surgery 7 days after surgery to have the stitches removed.
In most cases, the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and you can go home alone following surgery. Sometimes, you will be offered a mild sedative and this will require you to have an escort.
Day 2 – this is when you soak your dressing off your scalp and wash the donor site. Keep misting the transplanted area throughout the day with the spray provided in the hair pack. Day 4 – this is when you can wash the transplanted area using the shampoo provided and a non-touch policy Day 8 – you can go ack to normal routine for hair washing
There is no maximum age limit for hair transplant surgery, it is more important that you have sufficient hair follicles available at the donor site. However, at Zestige we consider it unethical to operate on person under 18.