Follicular Unit Extraction is one of the most popular hair transplant treatments in Calgary. But a lot of people still don’t know enough about the process, the recovery and the results of the process. This guide will give you everything you need.

The Guide To Follicular Unit Extraction

The Process:

While the process for getting Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) might seem complicated, it is actually easier than most people know. To explain it properly, here is a step-by-step breakdown:

  1. Local anesthetic is administered so you don’t feel anything.
  2. The donor area (where your hair follicles will be extracted for the implant) is shaved down to a 2mm length.
  3. Your hair clinic professional will slowly remove the hair grafts from the donor area. This is also known as being “punched out”. They will be removed one by one. Depending on the size of the transplant, and the quality, some of the grafts might be taken from outside the donor area.
  4. Once the hair grafts are extracted from the donor area, they will be harvested before the implementation begins.
  5. The implementation site will get a shot of local anesthetic so you feel nothing.
  6. A small incision will be made about 1mm deep, or roughly the length of your grafts for each one.  
  7. The grafts will be then implanted one by one in the area, depending on the direction, angle and density of the rest of your hair. If you’re bald, then the grafts will be inserted to mimic your remaining hair pattern.
  8. The entire process takes between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the transplant size.

The Recovery:

The recovery period after surgical hair restoration essential for the building of your new hair. Your scalp will be very sensitive following the treatment. For a few days, you will be required to wear bandages and take antibiotics to prevent any infections. You will have to alter your showering patterns and sleeping style according to your doctor’s instructions.

After about five to seven weeks, you will notice that some of your hair is falling out. Don’t panic! This is a normal part of the procedure and shows that the grafts are slowly taking root while your old hair is being pushed out.

The Results: After around four to five months, you will start to notice your hair developing, but it could be as long as 18 months for the full effects to come through. Once that happens, you can relax and know that the FUE treatment has worked – and you’ll have hair for a lifetime!

Prime Hair Clinic offers services to help you get back on track. Our world-class surgical techniques set us apart and our honest, caring, and experienced staff can help you look and feel your best. For all hair restoration services including PRP therapy, scalp micropigmentation, surgical hair transplants as well as medical aesthetic procedures such as Botox and dermaplaning, trust Prime Hair Clinic. Contact us by phone at (403) 259-6798 or by email at [email protected]

If you are like most men who are ready for a hair transplant, then inevitably the question comes up: Which type of surgery is better for me? This dilemma is not a decision to be glossed over as there are essential individual factors which can make a substantial difference in tipping the scales towards one versus the other. You must educate yourself on both the pros and cons of each procedure and talk to a skilled hair transplant surgeon with experience in both techniques in order to make an informed decision on which is best for you to have the best outcome.

What is FUT?

FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation and involves surgically removing a strip of skin from the back of the scalp. The skin edges are closed with sutures or staples leaving a thin horizontal scar which can be concealed by wearing the hair at a reasonable length in the back. Pre-operatively hair is typically left long in the back so that the sutures or staples won’t be visible after surgery. The current gold standard of FUT surgery would then involve cutting up the strip of skin under microscopes into individual follicular units of between 1-3 hairs each. These grafts would then be placed one by one into small incisions made in the recipient area.

What is FUE?

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Excision (formerly extraction) and involves harvesting individual follicular units/grafts from the scalp using punches. Punches come in many shapes and sizes. Some are handheld and manual, others are handheld and motorized, and others are robotic. It is important to note that they all involve cutting the skin and will all leave scars, despite some misleading advertising claims. The scar formed by FUE is different than that of FUT. FUE will leave numerous small circular scars instead of a linear scar. Traditionally the preparation of the scalp for FUE involves shaving the hair very short though certain physicians are utilizing long hair FUE. Once the grafts are excised from the skin, they are then placed one by one into small incisions made in the recipient area.

Additional Factors to Consider

How old are you? Remember that balding is progressive! If you are in your 20’s and have a hair transplant, then you can almost guarantee the need for another surgery in the future. Preserving the donor area is very important in a young man’s case. Overharvesting of the donor area with FUE can be an issue. If you take too much, the back of the scalp may thin out considerably leaving a moth-eaten look. Donor management with FUT is a different calculation. Often FUT as an initial surgery may be advisable if total lifetime graft needs will be significant and multiple surgeries will be needed. As individuals age, it’s easier to predict the extent of balding that you will have which makes for a more precise calculation of the number of donor grafts needed long term. With this knowledge, it’s easier to decide between FUE and FUT, or in some cases how to time the combination of both methods.

How bald are you? This question is essential. A man who is low on the Norwood scale, i.e. not too bald, and not likely to until considerably into the future, has many good options. A man with advanced baldness, i.e. Norwood class v-vii will require a lot of hair. There is only so much donor hair from the back of the scalp to go around! Let’s talk for a moment about the Safe Donor Area. For reasons not fully understood, there is hair on virtually everyone’s scalp that is resistant to the balding process and is likely to grow for the rest of your life. These hairs generally reside in a narrow segment around the sides and back of the head. Harvesting from this safe donor region means the transplanted hairs will likely grow forever. Large FUE sessions invariably involve harvesting hair from outside of that safe donor area. Again, for advanced baldness, to maximize the number of grafts available you may need a combination of FUT and FUE spaced out over the years and may even need to consider donor body hair.

What is your future hairstyle going to be? With a hair transplant, sometimes compromises have to be made. Are you ok with having the hair a little longer in the back? Then you could be a candidate for FUT. Are you going to wear your hair very short? Then you could be a candidate for FUE.

The Pros and Cons

FUE has its advantages for those who want a very short hairstyle in the back; this is because the small circular scars produced by FUE (if not overharvested) will be less noticeable to the eye than a linear scar produced by FUT when the hair is very short. FUE also does not involve any sutures or staples that must be removed in the days following surgery. Though it is in many ways just as invasive as the FUT procedure, because the skin is not tightened, some report less discomfort the night after the surgery.

FUE disadvantages include a higher transection rate meaning hair is damaged and must be discarded, wasting those potential donor grafts. FUE necessitates smaller session sizes and overall less capacity for harvesting safe donor hair from the scalp. Hair is likely to be taken from higher risk areas of the scalp, so your transplant may not be permanent. Costs may be higher. Most likely you will need to shave the entire scalp for FUE.

FUT has advantages in that we can harvest more safe donor hair. The grafts are better quality with less risk of damage when manipulating them. The transection rate is very low, so very few grafts will be discarded. The hair can be kept long in the back concealing the suture line leaving no noticeable evidence of the hair restoration surgery.

FUT disadvantages are that the hair has to be worn at least a centimetre or two in length in the back to cover up the linear scar formed after surgery. FUT also involves stitches or staples that will need to be removed. Sometimes patients report some discomfort initially due to increased tightness in the back of the scalp.

Prime Hair Clinic offers services to help you get back on track. Our world-class surgical techniques set us apart and our honest, caring, and experienced staff can help you look and feel your best. For all hair restoration services including PRP therapy, scalp micropigmentation, surgical hair transplants as well as medical aesthetic procedures such as Botox and dermaplaning, trust Prime Hair Clinic. Contact us by phone at (403) 259-6798 or by email at [email protected]

 

Hair restoration today is a different story than it was fifty years ago – gone are the days of hair plugs! Technology and medical advancements have come a long way; Prescription medication has yielded compelling results, many preventative serums have been developed, most of them accompanied by inconclusive results. Surgical hair restoration is the most effective solution to hair loss, and it’s not only possible, but it’s also permanent! Let’s learn more about the different types of procedures.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation is also known as strip harvesting. Hair is taken from the back and sides of the head where hair will usually grow forever and then transplanted into the recipient site at the front and top of the head. The process involves microscopic dissection and insertion of hair grafts. The patient doesn’t feel pain due to the administration of local anesthetic. The transplanted hair will continue to grow in the recipient area for a lifetime!

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular Unit Extraction involves the individual harvesting of follicular units from the back of the head. Qualified hair transplant surgeons will use a hand-held motorized punch in order to deliver less trauma to the follicles. The tiny circular scars resulting from this hair transplant are subtle, but because some hairs must be taken from outside the safe donor area, continual growth of the hair is not definite.

Non-Surgical Hair Restoration

Surgical hair restoration is the most effective and a very common form of hair restoration. However, there are some non-surgical methods that can produce desirable and reliable results.

Platelet-rich plasma is the injection of a patient’s own concentrated blood into the scalp as a means of stimulating hair growth. Medical professionals are also researching the benefits of PRP in wound healing and boosting the production of collagen in the face and other areas.

Scalp micropigmentation is not technically a form of hair restoration. Rather, it is a specialized form of tattooing that creates the illusion of hair follicles. SMP can help add density to thinning hair, cover scars, or provide a clean-shaven look to individuals with advanced hair loss.

Finasteride is a prescription medication that is supported by robust science over the last couple of decades. It acts on the hormone responsible for hair loss and will not only help prevent further balding but will actually regrow hair in a majority of patients. It is considered safe. However it should not be taken by pregnant women, and though rare, sexual side effects may be experienced.

Prime Hair Clinic offers services to help you get back on track. Our world-class surgical techniques set us apart and our honest, caring, and experienced staff can help you look and feel your best. For all hair restoration services including PRP therapy, scalp micropigmentation, surgical hair transplants as well as medical aesthetic procedures such as Botox and dermaplaning, trust Prime Hair Clinic. Contact us by phone at (403) 259-6798 or by email at [email protected]

The celebrities are just like us! It would seem that male pattern baldness has no respect for age or social status. If you’re on the fence about getting hair restoration surgery in Calgary, consider the experiences of these 5 celebrities.

 

Life Changing Hair Transplant

James Nesbitt is a 47-year-old actor. Like many men, Nesbitt was seriously concerned about his hair loss. He has since had two hair transplants that have, according to the star, “changed his life.” Surgical hair restoration could change your life as well!

 

Hair Restoration Poster Child

Elton John has the voice of an angel, but that didn’t save him from experiencing male pattern baldness in his thirties. While it’s unclear which procedure Elton John went with, it was likely either Follicular Unit Transplantation or Follicular Unit Extraction. Regardless of the method, he has now become the poster child for surgical hair restoration.

 

Hell’s Kitchen Hair Transplant

Gordon Ramsay has admittedly had multiple medical cosmetic procedures, including Follicular Unit Extraction. That’s right, Ramsay’s wavy luscious locks are thanks to surgical hair restoration. Unfortunately, a new head of hair hasn’t made the Hell’s Kitchen star any kinder.

 

Stayin’ Alive With Hair Restoration

1970’s teenage heartthrob John Travolta is also well known for his hair restoration surgery. Travolta’s hair loss is a drastic contrast to the full head of hair donned by his famous character, Danny Zuko from Grease. Surprisingly, Travolta’s surgery wasn’t that long ago; we guess he finally decided he “better shape up” and now he’s giving us all a second dose of Saturday Night Fever!

 

Big Brother Hair Transplants

Calum Best is a model and Celebrity Big Brother star. His hair loss began in his early twenties and was a source of concern, uneasiness, and low self-esteem for Best. After embracing surgical hair restoration, Calum Best says his multiple procedures have done wonders for his self-esteem.

 

These five celebrities serve as proof that surgical hair restoration can transform your life!

 

Prime Hair Clinic offers services to help you get back on track. Our world-class surgical techniques set us apart and our honest, caring, and experienced staff can help you look and feel your best. For all hair restoration services including PRP therapy, scalp micropigmentation, surgical hair transplants as well as medical aesthetic procedures such as Botox and dermaplaning, trust Prime Hair Clinic. Contact us by phone at (403) 259-6798 or by email at [email protected]