Overview of FUE Hair Transplant
Over the last decade, FUE hair transplantation has gained immense popularity. Unlike the traditional FUT method, which involves removing a strip of skin to harvest the hair grafts, FUE takes the follicles straight from the scalp. Thus, unlike FUT, FUE leaves no visible scars and produces natural-looking results
Now, let’s discuss,
Steps of FUE Transplant
1. Administration of Anaesthesia
The surgeon gives local anesthesia at the operational site. FUE is the most effective method for achieving a nearly painless procedure with minimal anesthesia risks. The patient is alert and aware of their surroundings during the process.
2. Extraction of Hair Grafts
In terms of graft extraction, FUE differs from conventional invasive hair transplant approaches. Using a 0.6-0.9mm micro punch tool, the surgeon extracts an individual hair graft from the donor region. A technician tests the extracted grafts under high magnification.
The extracted grafts are classified based on the number of hairs per graft. The unsuitable grafts are rejected and replaced with viable grafts by the technician. To avoid wastage, the technician counts the total number of grafts at every step.
3. Preparation of Recipient (thinning or bald) Area
The surgeon outlines the recipient site based on the patient’s preferences and the donor region’s limitations. Depending on the length of the hair grafts, the surgeon makes minute slits for them. The surgeon specifies the angle from where the hair emerges, its direction, and its density to obtain the best cosmetic results.
4. Transplantation of Hair Grafts
The protocol for implanting grafts is close to that of other hair transplant procedures. The hair transplant surgeon implants the grafts with forceps or implanters. It is a passive process in which the surgeon inserts the grafts into pre-formed tiny slits.