Typically, an FUE hair transplant takes between 2-4 hours. The procedure is lengthy because the grafts of hair are more vulnerable and need to be transplanted individually. But, with over 90% of results after 10 months becoming permanent, the time the procedure takes is a small price to pay.
Plus, FUE is a permanent solution to hair loss, which is why many patients consider the surgery to be a worthwhile investment. During FUE surgery, individual hair follicles are taken from the sides or back of the patient’s scalp and then transported to the balding area. Many of the follicles take and provide the look of a full head of hair, but there may be some minor shedding in the first few days of having the transplant.
The sides and back of the scalp are known as the “safe zone”. This is due to the permanent nature of the hair roots that are more resistant to DHT – a hormone linked to pattern baldness, providing better donor follicles than other areas of the scalp.
How permanent is an FUE hair transplant?
Generally speaking, it is firmly established that FUE hair transplant results are permanent. The areas where hair follicles are taken from are not genetically programmed to drop out, which is why they are referred to as the “safe zone”.
Why are the hair follicles permanent?
When the follicles are transplanted to the necessary parts of the scalp, they attach to the cells around them. They are then nourished once again by regular blood flow, just as they were before being removed.
After the initial few days, the hair will fall out through shock. Although the hairs have gone, the follicles remain and will start to regrow after a few months properly. It does take some patience, but the procedure will result in a fuller, thicker head of hair that will stand the test of time.
Since the procedure involves shifting and implanting your hair from your scalp, the results are extremely natural. The straightforward recovery process and natural appearance are some of the most positive aspects of an FUE transplant.
To find out more about Crown Clinic’s FUE hair transplant procedures, why not book a consultation? We can help you figure out what to expect from your own hair transplant procedure.