Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUE) is a hair restoration technique where a patient's hair is transplanted in naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 hairs, called follicular units. Follicular units also contain sebaceous (oil) glands, nerves, a small muscle, and occasional fine vellus hairs. In Follicular Unit Transplantation these small units allow the surgeon to safely transplant thousands of grafts in a single session, which maximizes the cosmetic impact of the procedure
FUE is considered an advance over older hair transplantation procedures that used larger grafts and often produced a pluggy, unnatural look. In a properly-performed follicular unit transplant, the results will mimic the way hair grows in nature and will be undetectable as a hair transplant.
The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. First we remove the follicular units from the donor area and then transplant it with help of implanters to the affected areas. The surgery takes about 6-8 hours and after that the patient goes home. Certain pre and post surgery instructions are given to the patients and then he is called for a follow up after 15 days.
The patient cannot swim or do any kind of exercise for next 15 days. Direct exposure to the sun is not advised for 7 days so he should use a cap while exposed to the sun. Certain antibiotics are given for next 7-10 days.The patient can go to work the very next day.
The transplanted hair takes at least 6-8 months to grow fully.