he FUE hair transplant method (Follicular Unit Extraction) was introduced in 2003. This minimally invasive method, which enables the extraction and implantation of the hair follicles one-by-one, is the most advanced hair transplantation method. Nowadays, this method is becoming very popular worldwide. Being a demanding technique, extensive experience and specialisation of the doctor in charge and the hair transplantation team is required.
Success rate of FUΕ hair transplantation
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 the Follicular Unit Extraction 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 stages of FUE hair transplant
The FUE hair transplant stages are the following:
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.
Results of FUE
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. 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.
The outcome is permanent and natural looking. For those that want to achieve the greatest possible density or wish to cover larger areas, as 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 Strip, enables the usage of the donor area in a future hair transplant.
Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant – Advantages
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:
FUE applications in other areas
The Follicular Unit Extraction is applied successfully in:
Unshaven FUE hair transplant
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.
To what extent are the FUE results natural?
The method of Follicular Unit Extraction provides absolutely permanent and natural results. The growth of the newly transplanted hair is gradual and the final result is completed within the first 12 months. No scars are left behind as the method is minimally invasive. Have a look at the results (before & after) of the FUE hair transplant.
Why should I choose Advanced Hair Clinic for FUE technique?
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.
The cost of FUE
The cost of the sessions may vary, depending on patients’ needs. The cost of eyebrows’ or scars’ restoration depends on the level of the session’s extent, and the degree of difficulty of the case. Elements that form the final cost are: