FUE, or follicular unit extraction, is a minimally invasive hair transplant procedure in which the patient’s own hair follicles (donor area) are transplanted into areas of the scalps that have thinning hair or hair loss (recipient area).
Who Is a Good Candidate for FUE?
Typically, men who have pattern baldness and/or thinning hair are good candidates for a follicular unit extraction hair transplant.
During your consultation with Dr. Parikh, he will ask you about your medical history and any other procedures you may have had. He will also ask you about any medications you take, including NSAIDs. You should stop taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen and aspirin before your procedure, as these medications may increase the risk of bleeding.
Dr. Parikh will examine your scalp and your hair, then determine the best plan of treatment for your specific desired outcome. If you have any questions about this procedure, do not hesitate to ask Dr. Parikh during your consultation, as he will be happy to give you as much information as possible about this procedure.
During this procedure, the team will shave an area of your head (typically, somewhere in the back). Hair follicles are removed using a small instrument, then strategically placed in the recipient area so the results will look natural. When the procedure is finished, bandages or gauze may be placed on the area(s).
Recovery and Results
Typically, FUE is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home on the same day or your hair transplant. You may experience swelling, redness, and/or pain after your procedure. These side effects are normal and will likely go away within a week or so after your FUE treatment, and Dr. Parikh may prescribe medications to help deal with the side effects.
Generally, you can return to work and continue your normal daily routine a few days after your procedure. It is important to follow all aftercare instructions that Dr. Parikh gives you in order to ensure that you heal properly.
Results from FUE are not seen immediately. Typically, around three months after your procedure, you should start to see new hair growth in the recipient areas of your scalp. At about the six month mark, you should start to see an ample amount of new hair growth, and both the donor and recipient sites should continue to grow naturally.
Cost of FUE
The cost of this procedure will vary from patient to patient and will depend on multiple factors, like the length of the procedure, your hair loss pattern, and other variables. If you have any questions about the price of this procedure, be sure to to ask Dr. Parikh during your personalized consultation.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you think you could benefit from FUE and would like to learn more about this procedure, contact the office of Dr. Rikesh Parikh to set up a consultation today. Dr. Parikh is a highly acclaimed double-board-certified plastic surgeon who proudly serves patients in the Bellevue, Washington area and will answer any questions you may have about this procedure.