FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is the most recent hair transplant technique. It is very accurate and effective and has the advantage of being less invasive than other procedures.
The advantages of FUE with partial shaving
- Permanently conceals alopecia
- Has a natural look
- Suitable for both men and women
- No staples or sutures
- Suitable for most types of alopecia
What is FUE with partial shaving?
FUE is a hair transplant technique that involves removing hair follicles from the donor area with a motorized micro-punch and re-implanting them on the bald areas of the scalp.
The advantage of FUE with partial shaving is to hide the shaved donor area with the surrounding hair while waiting for the hair to grow back.
For which patients?
FUE with partial shaving can be performed on both men and women. It is particularly recommended for patients:
- who need to correct alopecia
- who want to correct a scar on the scalp
- who want to have very short hair, or even shaved hair in the future
- who have a dense donor area
- whose scalp is not very flexible
What are the results?
FUE conceals bald areas by creating a natural and harmonious effect of density. In addition, these effects are permanent, as the transplanted hair is insensitive to the hormone that causes alopecia.
What happens during the procedure?
1st step: defining the receiving area
At the beginning of the procedure, the surgeon talks with the patient and draws the area to be implanted on the scalp. The patient approves the suggested outline with the help of a mirror.
2nd step: shaving the donor area
This area is located in the occipital region, but it can potentially be located anywhere on the scalp.
3rd step: graft extraction
After administering a local anesthetic, the surgeon uses a circular motorized micro-punch of 0.8 to 0.9 millimeters in diameter to extract the hair follicles from the donor area one by one. Between 1,000 and 1,500 grafts are removed during a session. Depending on the donor area, a higher number of implants (1,500 to 4,000 implants) can be performed per session. This session will be performed over 1 or 2 consecutive days, depending on the number.
4th step: graft preparation
The grafts are transferred to a sterile refrigerated petri dish. The surgeon sorts and groups them according to the number of follicles per follicular unit. The grafts hold one to four hairs.
5th step: graft implantation
The surgeon implants the grafts on the scalp, eyebrows or beard using an injector pen called a “Choï implanter”. The surgeon makes sure that the grafts are well oriented and close enough for a natural result.
FUE with partial shaving FAQ
Are the results of an FUE visible immediately?
NO – The transplanted hair must first grow back. Nevertheless, the patient will notice a progressive densification of his or her hair from the fourth month after the transplant. It takes twelve months for the hair to grow back completely.
Are the results of an FUE durable?
YES – The transplanted hair is not sensitive to the hormone that causes alopecia. As a result, they will renew themselves throughout the patient’s life.
Some people say that an FUE does not cause any scars. Is this true?
NO – The extraction of the grafts creates small circular scars that are less than a millimeter in diameter. These scars are very discreet and is the reason why FUE is usually recommended for patients who shave their scalp
Can I quickly return to my activities after an FUE?
YES – This is one of the advantages of FUE: recovery is very quick. Generally, most patients resume their activities one to two days after surgery (unless they are bothered by shaving their hair). In some cases, an edema appears on the forehead, but it disappears after two or three days.
Are the scabs visible?
YES and NO – This will depend on the location of the corrected area. If it is on the top of the scalp, it can easily be hidden. On the other hand, it’s more complicated if it is on the frontal region. In this case, the long hair transplant technique (FUL) may be recommended.
Is there a difference between FUE and FUL (long hair FUT)?
YES – The main difference is the way grafts are extracted. With FUE, the surgeon extracts the grafts with a micro-punch, so there is no continuous scar. With FUL (long hair FUT), the surgeon removes a strip of the scalp, leaving a very thin scar on the donor area. The advantage of the FUL technique is that more grafts can be extracted in one procedure.
Does FUE have good aesthetic results?
YES – The transplanted hair is natural and fits harmoniously into the hair. However, the final result will depend not on the technique used, but primarily on the shape of the hairline, the natural appearance of the transplanted hair and the surgeon’s ability to create density.
Can we combine FUE and FUL (long hair FUT)?
YES – This is even recommended for advanced baldness. This considerably increases the total number of follicular units that can be extracted.
Are there any contraindications to FUE?
YES – FUE is not recommended for patients who have low hair density in the donor area.
Does FUE cure alopecia?
NO – FUE is not a treatment against alopecia. It is a cosmetic correction that can conceal alopecia in a natural and permanent way.