FUE stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation and is a safe and effective treatment solution for hair loss. Although the results are more than impressive, they are not instantaneous.
Individuals who are thinking about having this treatment administered may want an in-depth understanding of what stages their hair will have to go through prior to achieving the final result.
What happens during treatment?
FUE is a hair transplant technique that harvests up to 4000 individual hair donor follicles from one place of the head and transfers/transplants them to a bald or thinning area on the scalp.
This process forms a new hairline and will gradually create complete hair regrowth.
When can I start to see results from FUE?
About a week following your treatment at Medici Capelli the initial post-surgery scabbing, swelling and redness will go away, and by the tenth day, the grafts should be in place. When the grafts are firmly in place, you will also be able to return to your regular combing, washing and cutting routine.
It’s not uncommon to feel shocked when you start shedding hair during the first few weeks after the procedure. Don’t worry too much about this as it is completely normal.
The follicle is going into a dormant phase after being starved (short-term) of blood supply. It is only the hair that you are losing, not the follicle itself. The follicle encourages growth as long as its intact the hair growth will follow.
As the hair begins to grow after three months or so, your scalp may develop acne-like appearance and/or become spotty. This is also normal and is exactly what has to happen because its a sign that the hairs are working to push their way through but maybe getting trapped, just like an ingrown hair.
The first strands that you see may be colourless and very fine; however; they will start to become thicker and fuller in time. The hair growth may also be a bit patchy, but this is all part of the beginning phases of the growth process and they will gradually even out.
When will I see the final results of FUE?
Most of the fresh new hairs will be noticeable around five or six months, and at eight to ten months the hair will be at its thickest and longest as the follicles will have reached maturity.
You can expect to see the final results at or around the one year mark, but final results can take up to a year and a half to see and following that the texture and colour may proceed to change slightly.
We’re all different and experience different rates of hair growth, so all of the above time frames are based on the average experiences of FUE patients.