When the conservative treatments are not effective and when hair loss provokes intense psychological or self-esteem issues, hair transplantation restores surgically hair loss. In order to achieve maximization of the result, it is proposed that the patient combines his/her hair transplant session with a conservative treatment against hair loss. Nowadays, the procedure followed during a hair transplant has evolved and has been simplified, so as to allow the patient to resume right away to his/her activities. Moreover, no scars or marks reveal that a hair transplantation session has taken place.
Worldwide, the demand for a permanent and natural way that restores hair loss has risen and hair transplantation is no longer a taboo. The hair transplantation clinic, the Dermatologist and the Plastic Surgeon play decisive role both in the diagnosis and in the implantation procedure, as those processes must be performed only by qualified Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique or Hair Transplant performed with Individual Hair Follicles Transfer was introduced in 2003 and since then has significantly evolved. This minimally invasive method, which enables the extraction and implantation of the hair follicles one-by-one, is the most advanced hair transplantation method as it is offers maximum density without causing any linear scars or marks in the donor area.
Therefore, nowadays, this method is becoming very popular worldwide. FUE hair restoration method, being a significantly demanding technique, requires extensive experience, skillfulness and specialization on behalf of the Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon in charge and the hair transplantation team.
The advantages of hair transplant applied by transferring individual hair follicles compared to the older method of FUT or Strip, are many and significant. This enhances the establishment of the FUE method and consequently it leads to the gradual displacement of the outdated FUT-Strip method, as:
The main indicators are:
One of the most crucial factors that define the success of hair transplantation lies in the plastic surgeon’s experience in the hairline design and distribution of hair follicles during implantation. Furthermore, essential factors that one should take into consideration prior to hair transplant are the following ones:
The design and the distribution of hair follicles during a hair transplant session with FUE method, is a completely personalized procedure, as it should respond to each patient’s needs. Moreover, the following basic conditions should be fulfilled:
When the above mentioned specifications are met during an FUE hair transplant operation then, the success rate is quite high, exceeding 95-98% in cases performed by Advanced Hair Clinics.
The hair follicles one-by-one implantation can be performed in one of two ways:
In Advanced Hair Clinics, Dr Anastasios Vekris, MD, Plastic Surgeon, and his medical team apply One Step Implantation, that does not necessitate the creation of reception holes and leads to excellent results.
The hair transplantation complications are more frequent when FUT-Strip method is being applied, because of the latter’s invasive nature. In FUE hair transplantation the complications are minimal and include:
The Follicular Unit Extraction is applied successfully in:
Eyebrow transplant. Many women end up with permanent thinning in their eyebrows because of excessive waxing or laser hair removal. The Follicular Unit Extraction method is the ideal way to overcome this problem. Eyebrow transplant provides the best possible and natural-looking results. Therefore, one has no need to use a micro pigmentation tattoo to cover a potential hair loss in the eyebrows’ area.
Facial hair restoration. One might wish to enhance one’s facial hair (i.e. beard transplant) either because of a past injury that has affected the hair density of the area, or due to personal need to obtain thick beard. The Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplant method once more provides the best possible results when a specialised and experienced medical team applies it.
FUT scars’ restoration. Former FUT-Strip hair transplant operations quite commonly result in permanent and ugly scars. In order to repair those scars, a great number of people undergo an FUE hair transplant operation. In Advanced Hair Clinics, a great number of hair transplant operations are required to remedy problems caused by these FUT / Strip techniques.
The Follicular Unit Extraction method usually requires the shaving of a small part of the donor area. The hair’s length should be 2-3 mm, so as to assist the extraction of the hair follicles. In many cases, though, professional, social or personal reasons do not allow for a short haircut in preparation for hair transplantation. For those that would prefer not to reveal that they have had hair transplantation, having a short haircut could be an issue.
Dr Anastasios Vekris, MD, Plastic Surgeon, assisted by his medical team, constitute the only specialized team of experts in Greece that can apply unshaven FUE hair transplant sessions, even in challenging cases. During the unshaven session, the doctor extracts the transplants one-by-one in between of the donor area’s long hairs and then transplants them accordingly.
After the completion of the session, the hair length is still the same as it was before the session and there are no signs of the operation. The unshaven hair transplant session is very common among artists, show business professionals, businessmen, politicians and VIPs. Moreover, it is the ideal method for those that have to get back to their daily social and professional activities without revealing signs of a completed operation. The majority of women also prefer the Unshaven Follicular Unit Extraction, as shaving the donor area is generally unacceptable in ladies.
The method of Follicular Unit Extraction provides absolutely permanent and natural results. The results after an FUE hair transplantation can vary from satisfactory to excellent depending on the doctor’s experience and training. Actually, the growth of new hair is usually over 95% and a totally natural result is expected only when a specialized doctor performs hair transplant with the FUE method.
The growth of the new hair is achieved gradually after the transplantation and the final result is completed within the first 12 months. No linear scars are left behind as the method is minimally invasive. The majority of hair is preserved and starts growing from the very first days post-operatively. Some hair might fall off during the next 2 to 6 weeks since they fall in the telogen phase of their hair growth cycle. The gradual regrowth of the new hair follows a process that is completed after 10-12 months post-operatively. Growth of new hair has been recorded even after 18-24 months. It is interesting to underline the fact that when hair implantation has been applied in the hair line and facial area (for example beard transplant, eyebrow transplant) hair growth is faster because of the rich blood supply to these body areas. The growth reaches 80% within the first 4-6 months after the application of FUE hair transplant.
For those that want to achieve the greatest possible density or wish to cover larger areas, as it happens in the case of advanced alopecia, two-day sessions are usually required. The minimally invasive nature of Follicular Unit Extraction method in comparison to FUT-Strip technique, enables the usage of the donor area in a future hair transplant.
The cost of the sessions may vary, depending on patients’ needs. Elements that form the final cost are the duration of the session, the number of the transferred hair follicles, the presence of scars as a result of a former Strip operation, the option of having an unshaven FUE session. An unshaven FUE session lasts longer and demands a great level of skillfulness on behalf of the performing doctor. The cost of eyebrows or scars’ restoration depends on the level of the session’s extent, and the degree of difficulty of the case.
Advanced Hair Clinics is the most highly specialized hair transplant clinic in Greece. Hundreds of sessions take place annually, and a great proportion of the patients come from abroad and fly to Athens so as to undergo hair transplant in Advanced Hair Clinics.