Have Questions about the FUE procedure?
Our FUE Hair Transplant FAQ addresses the most common concerns.
Q: Is FUE different than FUT?
A: FUT or strip surgery procedure is a technique that involves removing a complete, fairly large strip of scalp and hair from the back of the head. The process also required sutures to close up the wound, and produced a scar that only keeping hair longer would cover.
Q: Do FUE hair transplants look natural?
A: When performed correctly and with attention to aesthetics, FUE Hair Transplants can look completely natural. Along with extensive training in he FUE procedure, Dr. Andrew Reidy holds numerous medical degrees, and a degree in the Visual fine Arts — a rare combination that he attributes to the stellar results his patients experience.
Q: Will people know I had a Hair Transplant?
A: Not if performed with the skill Dr. Reidy brings to the procedure. His patterned transplantation of individual follicular units, careful direction of transplanted follicles to match natural hair growth, and the care taken to minimize size of transplant incisions results in the transplanted area looking healthy and natural. And because scaring is minimized with FUE, you can wear any hair length or style with confidence.
Q: Is FUE Hair Transplant a safe procedure?
A: FUE Hair Transplant procedure is widely considered safe when performed by a trained and experienced medical doctor like Dr. Andrew Reidy. While the technique is minimally invasive, like any medical procedure, physical reactions, healing rate, and outcome is never 100% predictable. As with any medical procedure where skin is open, safeguarding against infection during healing is important.
Q: How much does FUE hair transplant cost?
A: The cost of a hair restoration is calculated on a per graft basis. While every patient is unique, the procedure typically ranges between $5,000 and $10,000 (although the procedure can also cost less or more depending on your individual condition and end goals). Coastal patients tell us that our prices are well below the cost others credible clinics charge. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to call for a FREE 20-minute consultation.
Q: Is the FUE Procedure painful?
A: The procedure itself is not painful, because a local anesthetic is used to numb all scalp areas being treated. When the local anesthetic is applied, there may be some slight discomfort at first—but only for a few moments until the anesthetic takes affect.
Q. Do I need to cut my hair short before the transplant procedure?
A: Yes, it is recommended that you trim your hair short in the donor areas that Dr. Andrew will identify in your initial visit. That will help ensure maximum success in harvesting the donor follicle grafts for transplant. It also helps with keeping the procedure areas more sterile and less prone to infection.
Q. How long does the FUE Hair Transplant Procedure take?
A: Procedure duration is dependent on the amount of hair grafts your restoration requires. For average restorations, the procedure can be done in a single office visit that takes between 4 to 8 hours . For more severe cases, a second appointment is sometimes needed. During the procedure, Dr. Reidy and staff do all possible to help you relax and be as comfortable as possible.
Q. Does FUE Hair Transplant cause scarring?
A: Performed by a trained and skilled professional like Dr. Reidy, the procedure leaves a scar that is virtually invisible. This is due to the FUE donor follicle extraction process that requires only very small, round punches to remove individual graft units, each containing 1 to 4 hair follocles.
Q: Are there any side effects of FUE hair transplant?
A: When performed properly, any side-effects associated with this procedure are minimal and short lasting. They can include: minor bleeding, infection, scalp swelling , bruising around the eyes, a temporary, crusty discharge where follicles were donated or implanted, numbness on the treated areas of the scalp, and itching associated with healing. In very rare cases, minor infection of the hair follicles (known as folliculitis) can occur and of course be treated.
Q: How long is the recovery from FUE Hair Transplant?
A: Some mild swelling and discomfort may be part of the recovery period that can last for 1 to 3 days. Because there are no surgical stitches, most patients are able to resume moderate activity within 24 to 48 hours. Icing swollen areas also helps quicken the healing process.
Q: Can I shave my head after the procedure?
A: It is possible —but we recommend waiting about 3 weeks for complete healing and root bulb anchoring to take effect.
Q: Can I wear a hat after FUE Hair Transplant?
A: It is ok to wear a hat 24 hours after the procedure. But because your scalp will be a little tender — and because the newly transplanted follicles are in a delicate healing state, wearing something that fits loosely (and being gentle in putting the hat on and off) is important.
Q: Does FUE hair transplant last forever?
A: Because the transplanted hairs will behave just as they would have done if they had stayed in the donor area, a transplant isn’t guaranteed to last forever. However, the majority of patients find the results are “mostly permanent.”
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