For individuals with hair loss, there are multiple methods for replacing that lost hair. The most common method is follicular unit transplantation. An alternate option of hair transplantation is follicular unit extraction. This method offers some advantages for certain individuals.
FUE hair transplantation is a way to transfer hair follicles from one portion of the body to another. Usually it is used to transfer hair from the back of the head to the top of the head, restoring natural hair growth to that area. Dr. Chivers offers top quality hair transplantation (FUE) in Toronto at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre.
FUE hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that does not utilize a scalpel. Instead, individual hairs are removed from the scalp in a way that leaves the follicle intact. This procedure leaves small holes in the scalp where every individual hair was removed. After a large enough quantity of hair has been removed, these follicles are then implanted in the portion of the head where hair growth is once again desired.
This procedure has a number of advantages and disadvantages compared to the more traditional FUT hair transplantation. The main advantages are:
It also has one major disadvantage compared to FUT. FUT usually takes a lot less time to perform, which usually translates to a lower cost for the procedure.
Candidates for FUE hair transplantation are any person who has hair loss on one part of their head and still has available hair on another part of their head to be used as donor hair for the procedure. In some very rare cases, hair can alternately be donated from other parts of the body, including the beard and even potentially the groin, but this is rare. If you don’t have available hair on another part of your head, you likely will not be a candidate for this surgery, though Dr. Chivers can provide a more thorough determination during your initial consultation visit.
As previously mentioned, FUE hair transplantation has a rather fast recovery time. The individual wounds created by the hair removal process usually heal fully within a week. Patients are usually able to return to their job and all normal activities, including strenuous activities like exercise, within a day or two. Most patients can even shower the day after the surgery, though they should take care to limit pressurized water directly hitting their scalp until the wounds from the surgery fully heal. As with any surgery, patients should keep a close watch for any continuing pain or any type of infection that could potentially develop after the surgery. If you experience any problems or have any questions, the staff at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre is always available to provide any necessary assistance.
If you have experienced hair loss, live in the Toronto area, and would like a fuller head of hair, schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Chivers immediately. He will take the time to fully understand your needs and medical situation and help determine exactly what the best course of action is. If hair transplantation (FUE) is the solution, you will have a fuller head of hair in weeks.