LA Hair Transplant Artist-Surgeons Discuss FUE
Hair loss is a common problem. At some point in their lives, 85% of men and 40% of women can expect to see at least some signs of unwanted hair loss. For some people, this is merely a minor annoyance, but for others, hair loss has a significant negative impact on quality of life.
If you want to take action against hair loss, hair transplants are an effective option for doing so. And one of the most effective forms of transplant available today is follicular unit extraction or FUE at the LA Hair Institute. Here are 6 of the great advantages this procedure has to offer:
1) FUE Delivers Healthier Hair And Better Results
With “strip” hair transplantation, patients typically get a follicle survival rate of 75% at best. FUE procedures, though, regularly deliver graft survival rates between 90% and 95%. That means more healthy hair on your scalp after your FUE transplant. The transplanted follicles also recover faster because the procedure is less traumatic.
2) FUE Means Less Pain
Follicular Unit Extraction is far less invasive than older forms of hair transplantation. That translates into less discomfort during the healing process! FUE providers even use long-lasting local anesthetics during the treatment itself, further reducing the overall amount of pain you experience.
Most FUE patients get through the healing process after their procedure using only non-prescription, over-the-counter pain medication (e.g. ibuprofen or acetaminophen). A majority of patients even report that the few pain sensations they experience are gone within 24 hours after their procedures.
3) FUE Doesn’t Require General Anesthesia
Because FUE hair transplants use only local anesthesia at the graft site, the procedure is less disruptive to your schedule. FUE procedures are completed in a single visit to your provider’s office, and you can go directly home to start the recovery process. Many FUE patients even feel comfortable driving themselves home after their appointments.
4) The Fastest Possible Recovery
FUE offers you the fastest, most convenient recovery period of any form of hair transplant. You’ll be able to resume your normal daily routine in 48 hours or less. There is a one-week recovery period during which you need to follow specific follow-up care instructions (particularly related to washing your hair), but this is a minimal inconvenience. During that week, your scalp will heal fully and you’ll start to see the transplanted follicles start to grow.
5) Less Infection Risk
All forms of hair transplant are low-risk procedures compared to more serious surgeries. Infections are a possibility with “strip” hair grafts, though. You can develop an infection at either the graft or donor site. Although the FUE technique does not completely eliminate the risk of infection, it does reduce it significantly. Fewer than 1% of FUE patients develop any infection symptoms whatsoever.
6) FUE Minimizes Scarring
Where earlier hair transplant procedures grafted large areas of skin and potentially caused noticeable scars, an FUE procedure produces virtually no scarring at all. Because hair follicles are moved individually, there are no large skin grafts that might produce permanent scarring.
The FUE process uses truly tiny extraction sites, usually less than a millimeter in size. This means that even if scars do form, they are virtually undetectable to the human eye.