How does a FUE hair transplant work?

If you’re considering a hair transplant, it’s wise to research how the different methods work before proceeding with your procedure. If you’re opting for an FUE hair transplant, take a look at this guide to find out more about the technique.


What does the FUE hair transplant method consist of?

There are two main methods used for a hair transplant – FUE and FUT. An FUE hair transplant involves individual follicles of hair being removed and transplanted into small incisions made in the scalp or wherever the hair is transplanted. Although labour-intensive, FUE hair transplants are generally the preferred method of hair transplant. This is due to reduced recovery times, limited scarring, and suitability for patients, particularly tight scalps.

The FUE technique for hair transplant procedures

If you opt for an FUE hair transplant, here’s what you can expect to happen on the day of your procedure:


  • Local anesthetic injections are given to numb the donor and recipient areas
  • Individual follicular units are removed using a small, round punch
  • The transplant area is prepared using a fine blade
  • Follicular units are placed into small holes in the transplant area
  • Grafts are blended, so they match your natural hair growth pattern
  • 30 minutes following your transplant, you’ll be able to leave


What to expect after your FUE hair transplant

Following your FUE transplant, you can leave after around 30 minutes to begin your recovery at home. It will take around a week to ten days for a full recovery, during which time you may experience some slight discomfort or swelling. It’s important to follow all aftercare instructions given by your surgeon to make sure your recovery is as swift as possible.


When you can expect to see the results of your FUE transplant

The results of any hair transplant are not immediate, and it can take several months before a noticeable cosmetic difference is made to your appearance. Following an FUE hair transplant, new hair will begin to grow in around three to four months. Despite this, it will take at least six to eight months before a noticeable difference is visible.


To find out more about an FUE hair transplant and whether you’d be suitable for hair transplant surgery, contact us today.