At The Private Clinic we decided to start up a series on female hair loss and restoration titled: This Is My Hair. We began this week by posting on social media about a young woman’s triangular alopecia and her FUE hair transplant, which was closely followed by a youtube video of the procedure and interviews with the surgeon, Dr Luca De Fazio.
Our patient, a 26 year old Londoner, was suffering from triangular alopecia, which had affected her confidence for a long time and made her feel self-conscious when wearing her hair in a ponytail. She remarked after the procedure, “My family and friends can’t believe I was in and out in just over two hours, no pain or baffling post op care, yet it’s going to change my life.”
In this blog post we detail the procedure and its wider context to help you better understand the FUE procedure – from the patient’s perspective.
The FUE Method
The FUE (follicular unit extraction) method involves very small incisions (imagine a micro but decidedly more complex hole punch) made around healthy hair follicles, usually at the back of the head where the follicles are strongest. The grafts of follicles are then transplanted to the balding or thinning areas under local anaesthetic – with minimal fuss and no pain. The Hair Transplant can be performed without shaving the donor area of hair so you can avoid that hassle (this however, depends on candidate suitability). Here at The Private Clinic, we’re one of only a few clinics that can work on Afro hair too.
All you have to do is wait for the hair to establish itself, so that 6 months later 60% of the hair expected to grow has started growing. After a year the procedure and hair growth will be complete.
The FUT Method
To put the FUE method in perspective, a comparison between another popular technique is necessary to demonstrate why our surgeons prefer to use the FUE method.
The FUT method has been a popular option but involves a lengthy procedure, both during and after the initial transplant. With the patient under general anaesthetic, strips of the patient’s scalp, along with follicular units, are surgically removed from the back of the head, dissected under a microscope and grafted into place. The process is not over there though. The FUT method requires a strict post-operative aftercare schedule, which may not suit many who wish to resume their daily lives promptly. The procedure also leaves patients with a long linear scar across the back of their heads, limiting their options of wearing their hair short.
The Benefits of the FUE Method
Higher costs are often cited as a disadvantage of the FUE method. However, the method is steadfast in making advancements at a faster and more evident rate, surging ahead in popularity, helping to push down the costs for clients. Furthermore, what it has over the FUT method is the scope for improvement. Since 2002, its debut, the incision circumference has decreased significantly, helping greatly to reduce the visibility of the already very minimal scars. Additionally, where once only 2,500 hair follicles could be harvested successfully in one day, the figure currently stands at over 7,000 – enough to suit the majority of clients.
The Private Clinic
It is important to feel comfortable in your own body and patients come to us citing confidence and self-image concerns as primary factors for seeking treatment. There are a number of options available to suit differing needs and here at The Private Clinic we can assist you in finding the right one for you for a balanced and satisfying result. If you are looking for a hair transplant, we specialise in FUE hair transplants, which have helped to redraw the limits of transplants.
The video can be seen here;