Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is a hair transplant method that has garnered a lot of attention. Along with that attention are common questions regarding its effectiveness and how the process works. In fact, a question that’s often asked is whether FUE is a permanent solution. Another question that often arises is whether an FUE transplant will require maintenance for a lifetime or if one treatment will suffice. Let’s delve into these questions and others to uncover whether an FUE hair transplant is the right option for you.
The FUE Hair Transplant Process
FUE is recognized as one of the best and most effective hair restoration treatments that you can find worldwide. The FUE process involves the removal of each individual hair follicle from areas where hair still grows. This means the hair follicles are often taken from the sides of the head and the back of the head where hair is genetically programmed to grow. After removing individual hair follicles from these locations, the hair is then placed into the areas where you have experienced hair loss.
Most people that have received an FUE hair transplant notice a significant change in the growth and thickness of the hair over a period of about 12 months on average. This time frame can vary. Afterward, the transplanted hair will take on the behavior of the hair from where it was removed. One of the most amazing aspects of the procedure is that the transplanted hair becomes just as strong as the hair on the sides and back of your head. This means you don’t have to worry about it falling out when you wash, brush or comb the transplanted hair.
It’s important to work with a qualified surgeon because this procedure requires experience and precision. An FUE hair transplant is a permanent solution, but there are instances when a second procedure is required. A key factor that a surgeon will take into consideration is that hair loss is progressive, which means there’s a chance that other areas of your hair will start to thin. This is one of the reasons why future procedures may be required.
Does the FUE Hair Transplant Require Regular Maintenance?
An FUE transplant is a permanent solution that can last for a lifetime. Since hair follicles are transferred to the areas where there is hair loss, hair will continue to grow in the transplanted areas for the rest of your life. However, it’s worth noting that there are some instances where more than one procedure is required to ensure the desired density is maintained. A follow procedure is a way to ensure you maintain the right amount of hair density.
Generally speaking, it can be necessary to take medication for hair loss because it can either slow down or prevent future hair loss. Maintaining your desired hair density is part of a journey that varies for each person. There are some instances when you might want to add to the density of your transplanted hair. If this becomes part of your journey, the surgeon must be careful because too many incisions can result in trauma that can affect your results.
There’s also the issue of corrective procedures that might become necessary after having an improper or poorly executed transplant performed elsewhere. Whether you have never tried a hair restoration procedure, you need corrective work done or you just want to learn more about FUE, Dr. Gabel of the Gabel Center can answer any questions that you have. Dr. Gabel is dedicated to permanent and natural hair restoration for both men and women.