The Less Risky FUE Hair Transplant Procedure
Getting older leads to a lot of unwanted body changes. We notice that we do not burn fat off as easy. We notice fat in places we never did before. We notice the skin on our faces sagging. We notice laugh lines on our faces. We notice our hair thinning, or completely falling out. Many of these symptoms of aging are normal, and we may be tempted to leave them be, unless they are premature. Hair loss is one of those symptoms of aging that can occur at almost any age. Many men experience premature balding that may make them feel self conscious. Women may experience bald spots and extreme thinning of the hair that can also lead to feelings of self consciousness. Fortunately, hair loss and hair thinning are common and people have options to have thicker and fuller head of hair, without much risk or medical off time.
Hair transplants used to be known as more invasive and more risky. However, with recent medical and science advancements, someone can opt to have a low risk and low invasive hair transplant with minimal or no scars. Procedures are safer and they require less recovery time because of the process they involve. The process is easier and takes less time. It also generally leaves fewer scars.
This new and safer procedure is FUE hair transplant. FUSS is a more invasive and more risky of a hair transplant process. FUSS is invasive, has a higher complication rate, leaves scars in back of the head, limits graft harvesting due to pulling of scalp in future procedures and takes more time to recover from. FUE, on the other hand, is minimally invasive, has lower complication rate, does not leave large scars, and has a shorter recovery time. FUE patients can also shave or keep hair short in the future. The FUSS method makes it difficult to shave and cut the hair short, which many men prefer to do.
Normally (before balding and hair loss takes effect), a strand of hair grows for 2 to 6 years, goes into a resting phase for several months, and then falls out. After balding and hair loss occurs, the hair does not grow as quickly and is likely to fall out much quicker. The hair transplant bypasses all of this and the hair is directly placed into the head, not requiring any growth. It also is less likely to fall out, because of how it is placed into the head. A hair loss specialist is a great resource for choosing the best type of procedure for your specific hair loss, but in most cases, the FUE hair transplant is the best option because of its low risk process.
The FUE process may also be cheaper, because less is involved in the process. The cost of a hair transplant will vary, depending on the amount of hair needed, the location of the hair transplant clinic and the specific procedure that is done. During the Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE hair transplant procedure, individual follicular unit grafts (hair grouping of 1 to 4 hairs as they occur naturally in the scalp) are harvested one at a time using a tiny punch typically ranging from .7 to 1 millimeter in size. This process is quicker and can generally save patients some money and time.
There are many negative side effects associated with aging. Hair loss is one of these symptoms. However, hair loss and hair thinning can and often does occur prematurely. When this occurs too early, a hair transplant can be done. Hair transplants have improved medically and are now safer, less invasive and require less recovery time.