Hair loss can make you feel completely unlike yourself. Who you see in the mirror will look drastically different, and yes, you’ll probably look older, too. Not looking like how you look can cause serious dysmorphia and, in turn, it’ll have a direct hit on your confidence and self-esteem. Thankfully, hair loss can be reversed.
What is a FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE stands for follicular unit extraction. What it means is that clinicians will take donor follicles from a healthier area of your head (usually the back of your head) and transplant them where you need them. This is how you’ll be able to reconstruct your hairline or fill in hair that’s thinned out.
Typically, one to four hairs are transplanted at a time, and since it’s your own hair, you’ll get natural, flawless results.
Who Should Get FUE Treatment?
Before you opt for a hair transplant, you’ll want to determine the cause. Genetics and hormonal issues are two of the most common reasons for hair loss, yes, but stress, the medication you take, and even your nutrient intake are going to play a role, too.
People who are malnourished may notice their hair falling out and thinning, for example. Work on ruling out those behavioural, dietary, or environmental factors first. You can even try to slow down your balding with hair loss medication and rosemary oil treatments, but if none of those work, it’s time to get a FUE hair transplant treatment.
FUE treatment is best for those who still have thick hair at the back or sides of their head. You can’t take hair transplants from another person, as your body will likely reject them, and as such, you do need some hair for the transplant to work.
This is why you should invest in the FUE treatment as soon as you notice your hair starting to thin. Similarly, there’s no reason to wait if you’ve always wanted to change the shape of your hairline, since the more donor hair you have, the thicker and more natural the results will be.
How Long Do FUE Treatments Last?
FUE treatments can last a lifetime since they essentially transplant hair-growing follicles into other areas of your scalp. Do keep in mind, however, that you may still experience hair loss.
Hair that previously grew naturally can still fall out as you get older, at which point you’ll either need another transplant or a different approach to maintaining your hair (like FUT).
How Much Does the Treatment Cost?
The cost of FUE hair transplants will depend on how much hair you need to be transplanted. In general, you can expect to pay between £3,000 and £12,000, with the average cost for transplant treatments being around £7,000.
What’s the Treatment Like?
The treatment involves the extraction of one to four hairs at a time with a tool that’s smaller than 1mm in diameter. Don’t worry, however, as you’ll be under local anaesthetic, so the pain will minimised. If you work an office job, you can get back to work straight away without the need to take any time off.
If you work a more physically demanding job, then it’s recommended that you wait at least seven days before returning to work. This also means avoiding activities like gym workouts or other sports during that first week.