How is the FUE hair transplant performed?

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) consists of harvesting the follicular units, one by one, directly from the donor area of the scalp, with a microapparatus, without leaving visible scars. Through stereoscopic microscopes, a team of nurses prepares these grafts to place them one by one in the patient’s bald area. Previously, local anesthesia is performed in the donor and recipient areas (bald).

What are the main advantages of FUE?

– Minimally Invasive

– Leaves no scars visible on the scalp

– No points

– Fast recovery

– It can be associated with other techniques

– Repair unsightly surgeries

– You have the possibility of gigassessions

– It presents natural and definitive results

What are the disadvantages of the FUE technique?

– Less amount of grafts in a session

– Greater difficulty in execution

– Longer surgical time

– Higher cost

– Need to shave the whole head in the event of megasession

What are the contraindications for the FUE technique?

– Professional experience with the FUE technique

– Inadequate or non-specific equipment

– Inadequate or insufficient donor area

– Unrealistic expectations of the patient

– Inadequate surgical conditions

How will my scalp look after the surgery?

Punctate crusts form in the recipient area and fall spontaneously in a period of 7 to 10 days. Scalp lavage is performed in the clinic the day after surgery, after removal of the protective bandage. Then, at home, the patient will be able to wash it only on the 5th day after surgery. In this technique there are no stitches to remove. After 7 days, the shaved hair from the donor area grows and disappears any signs of surgery on the spot.

What will I feel during or after the surgery?

During the surgery there is no pain because it is performed with a local anesthetic in the surgical area and the patient is sleeping throughout the procedure. FUE is a minimally invasive technique, but in the postoperative period there may be some discomfort, which is easily controlled with the use of common analgesics. A mild swelling of the face after the 3rd day of surgery may also occur.

When can I return to work?

The return to day-to-day activities is released 2 days after surgery. Sports activities can be performed 7 days after the procedure.

How many FUE sessions will be needed to fill my entire bald area?

The number of sessions will depend on the extent of the area to be covered, that is, the degree of baldness. In some cases, 1 session is enough, but several surgeries may be performed. This estimate will be established during the consultation, after the complete analysis of the situation of each patient.

What is the surgical time of FUE?

As the collection is performed unitarily in the donor area, the FUE has longer surgical time than the other techniques. Partial FUE lasts approximately 6 hours. The FUE Total, to cover the entire bald area, lasts from 8 to 10 hours.

Can anyone do the FUE? What are the restrictions?

Yes, anyone can do the FUE as long as it is in proper clinical condition and has a donor area (lateral and posterior head) with good density to harvest the “seedlings”. About 5% of the population presents this area with very low density, making surgery impossible.

Post-surgery, how long will I have the definitive result?

The definitive hair is born in 3 months and grows 1 cm per month. After 8 months we have the final result.

What is the technical difference that makes FUE a natural result, unlike the "doll hair" aspect seen before?

The result “doll hair” happens when the punch technique is used, in which 8 to 14 threads are transplanted in each graft. In the case of FUE, the Follicular Units are transplanted one by one into each hole, thus producing a natural aesthetic.

Is it possible to repair surgeries like those that have resulted in a "doll hair" with FUE?

Old or present “doll hair” surgery, surgeries with gross or unsightly results for some reason, or even patients with a partially compromised donor area with scars from previous surgeries can be repaired with FUE, which will restore the natural esthetics of Hair and will not leave any more scars in the donor area.

Is it possible to perform FUE in other areas such as eyebrows and mustaches?

Yes. With the FUE technique, it was uncomplicated to perform the transplantation in small areas such as: eyebrows, mustache, cutlet, eyelashes and scars on the scalp due to accidents, trauma or surgical sequelae. Most of these cases are resolved quickly with one or two FUE sessions.