Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUE) is an extremely effective and popular solution to hair loss but the results, whilst impressive, are not immediate. Clients who are interested in pursuing this treatment may wish to familiarise themselves with the stages that their hair will need to go through before the final effect is achieved.
What is FUE?
FUE is a hair transplant technique that involves harvesting up to 4000 individual donor hair follicles from one area of the head and transplanting them into a thinning or bald area. This creates a new hairline and eventually, full hair regrowth. The procedure itself takes just one day.
When will I start to see results?
Around a week after treatment the initial post surgery redness, swelling and scabbing will subside and by day 10 the grafts should be firmly in place. This means that you can resume your usual washing, combing and cutting regime.
You may be alarmed to see that you start shedding hair within the first few weeks and your hair begins to look as it did pre transplant. This is completely normal due to the follicle going into a dormant phase after being briefly starved of blood supply. It is only the hair that you are losing, not the follicle itself. It is the follicle which enables growth so as long as this is intact, hair growth will follow.
As the hair begins to grow after 3 months or so, your scalp may become spotty and develop an acne like appearance. This is a good sign as it means that the hairs are trying to push their way through but may be getting trapped, a little like an ingrowing hair. The first hairs that you see may be very fine and even colourless but they will begin to get thicker and fuller. The growth may even be a little patchy but this is all part of the initial growth process and will even out over time.
The majority of new hairs will appear at around 5 or 6 months and at 8 to 10 months the hair will be at its longest and thickest as the follicles reach maturity. You can expect the final results at around one year but this can take up to 18 months and following that the colour and texture may continue to develop and change slightly.
Everyone is different and experiences different rates of hair growth so all time frames are based on average experiences. The one thing we are certain of is that the results will be worth waiting for.