From the last decade onwards, hair transplantation became a common choice for many patients suffering from hair loss issues. Cosmetic surgeons perform different hair transplantation techniques such as FUT and FUE to achieve the desired outcome.

Why FUE is Considered the Best Hair Transplant?

January 27, 2020 by Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

From the last decade onwards, hair transplantation became a common choice for many patients suffering from hair loss issues. Cosmetic surgeons perform different hair transplantation techniques such as FUT and FUE to achieve the desired outcome. While researching hair transplantation online, you might have come across the term ‘FUE hair transplant in Delhi’. First, let us know what it exactly means and why it is advised.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. It is the gold standard of hair transplantation procedures. Follicular Unit Extraction / Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is the most preferred and minimally invasive hair transplant surgical method where thousands of tiny follicles are extracted one by one from the donor site and inserted into the place where there is a loss of hair.

Grafts can also be extracted from the back or sides of the head, legs, arms, chest, and beard.

FUE transplant is a permanent solution where the transplanted hair follicles are genetically programmed to grow. There is not much post-operative discomfort and the patient can resume back to his work within no time. This FUE procedure is painless and requires no stitches. Hence, the results would be more natural by minimizing visible scarring at the extraction site.

During the early stages after the FUE procedure, the new hair grafts will shed naturally. But after 10-15 months, the new hairs will start growing in the recipient portion of the head like your original hair. You can continue to wash, cut, and treat the transplanted hair as you do with your original hair.

The success rate of FUE hair transplantation depends on varied factors such as the skills and experience of the cosmetic surgeon in addition to the thickness of the person’s donor hair. To ensure the best possible long-term outcome, the cosmetic surgeon should provide comprehensive aftercare to all his patients.

Before opting for the transplantation surgery, the cosmetic surgeon should be able to advise whether the hair transplantation surgery works out for the patient or not, especially if they do not have enough healthy hair to harvest. He should give realistic advice about the outcome you can expect. No treatment can ensure a thickness level of transplanted hair that’s inconsistent with the thickness of existing hair.

Why Do You Need More than One FUE Treatment?

Usually, hair loss seems to be progressive. Even if the transplanted hair remains long-lasting, the original hair might continue to thin. In that case, more than one FUE treatment might be recommended to maintain uniform hair density. Hence the best outcome can be achieved when the patient consumes hair loss medications to prevent further hair loss.

Why is FUE Considered Better Compared to FUT?

Though FUT was the first permanent solution for hair loss, it took a very long time for the wound to heal which led to patient dissatisfy faction. Basically, FUT is not advised for hairline fixing surgeries or during uneven hair loss. Since hair follicles were transplanted as a strip in the FUT procedure and the recipient portion doesn’t have a symmetrical shape, the cosmetic surgeon was unable to transplant the hair precisely to the recipient site.

In FUE, since each follicle can be extracted one by one, the cosmetic surgeon can choose the best donor follicles with the utmost versatility. A small graft includes 2-3 hair follicles. FUE aims to harvest 2000-4000 grafts / 5000-10000 hair follicles. Hence, it takes a longer duration of the operation time, compared to FUT surgery.

FUE replaced the scalpel utilization with the size punch which may be dull, sharp, motorized, or manual. FUE requires the patients to shave their heads, unlike FUT. Though FUE is more expensive, it gives a more natural look. Above all, who won’t prefer the scar-free hair transplantation procedure with the quickest recovery rate?

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Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon and the owner of Care Well Medical Centre in Delhi. With extensive expertise in cosmetic and plastic surgery, he is dedicated to providing exceptional care and transformative results to his patients. Dr. Sandeep Bhasin obtained his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and served as a consultant at Bhaktshreshtha Kamalakarpant Laxman Walawalkar Hospital, Diagnostic & Research Centre. Specializing in various procedures such as face-lifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, hair transplant and many others, Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is committed to enhancing his patients' natural beauty and self-confidence.

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