FUE Hair Transplant Sydney
Sydney/Canberra : $9,000+GST for 2,000 grafts
Nothing makes you feel quite as confident as a full head of hair. Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic wants to help you recapture that feeling through Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure.
FUE Hair Transplant Procedure is available at our Sydney and Canberra clinics. However, we offer private hair transplant consultations across Australia.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant approach which forgoes strip incisions by individually removing hair grafts directly from the scalp. It uses a special punch tool that creates circular incisions around the donor grafts that is 1mm in diameter.
Since the hair grafts are removed directly from the donor region, the main concern with this technique is transection. This occurs when hair bulbs, which generate new hairs, are cut during graft removal. However, with the right technique and experience, a surgeon can overcome these challenges to create pleasing results.
Pros and Cons
The absence of a linear scar on the donor area is one of the major benefits of FUE. This approach is less invasive than the traditional FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), which means there are shorter healing time and less discomfort. Wha is left after it heals are very small circular scars that can easily be concealed, even with a short hairstyle.
FUE is also a suitable option for patients with very tight skin on the scalp. FUT, in this case, will not be a viable option since it involves scalp excisions and skin stretching.
The nature of this procedure also allows the surgeon to cherry-pick the donor grafts and even harvest the finer hairs found at the nape – perfect for filling up the hairline or the eyebrows. This technique can also be used for harvesting non-scalp hair.
But as much as FUE has given surgical hair restoration a different way to address donor harvesting, this approach also has its limitations.
For starters, this procedure must have the entire donor area shaved, which is basically the entire back and sides of the scalp. This means that you might have to take a few days off from work, or any public engagement, if you are not keen on exposing any work done. It may take some time for hair to grow in and camouflage the tiny scars.
FUE is also a tedious and time-consuming procedure as individual follicular units are extracted. This is done with careful precision to avoid transection, or graft damage, and to ensure donor viability. Expectedly, this will take more time as the extraction process for this technique is slower than strip harvesting.
This approach also has a lower maximum follicular unit graft yield compared to FUT. This makes it a more suitable option when working on small affected areas, than in advanced forms of balding.
What is the Cost of FUE hair transplant?
Sydney/Canberra : $9,000+GST for 2,000 grafts
The total cost will vary accordingly based on the patient’s aesthetic goals, and the amount of work, or grafts, needed to achieve it. This is why a personal consultation is necessary to ensure that extensive evaluation is made on a certain case.
Who is a Good Candidate?
- A patient must be of right age. Technically, a person can undergo a hair transplant at any age, but certain precautions for young patients who wish to restore their hairline. Surgeons are more cautious for those under 18. Preferably, they want them to be fully mature so that they can see what pattern their hair loss is evolving into.
- Generally healthy. Even though FUE is minimally invasive, it is still important that patients are healthy enough to undergo a medical procedure. Any serious medical conditions must first be addressed prior to surgery to reduce the risk of complications (e.g. uncontrolled bleeding or poor wound healing).
- Realistic expectations. It is also important that a patient must come in with realistic grasp of the advantages and limitations of the surgery.
- Hair loss classification. The severity of hair loss is classified into different types. The extent of hair loss will also determine a person’s candidacy for FUE.
- Not enough scalp skin. FUE is a good option if a patient’s skin on the scalp is too tight for a strip procedure.
During the pre-operative period, the patient will undergo the usual process of evaluation. This will begin during the initial consultation, in which the surgeon will decide if the patient is a good candidate for hair transplant or FUE.
Similar to FUT, FUE will only need a local anaesthetic. This will be injected both on the donor and recipient sites. However, before it is administered, it is first ensured that the patient is not allergic to anaesthetic. Once the patient is under anaesthesia, the doctor will then prepare the donor area.
The Donor Area
With FUE, it is expected that the entire head will be shaved to a buzz cut for easier graft removal. For this procedure, the surgeon will use a special tool that is similar to a punch to create small circular incisions around the graft. Extra care is maintained to avoid transection especially with hair follicles that are spaced closely together. There is no need to suture the tiny incisions created as these will simply heal on their own.
Implanting the Hair
Very small incisions are also created on the recipient site on which the donor grafts will be implanted. It is ensured that there is a proper distribution of grafts and right angle of insertion is followed to create aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results.
The recovery period of the donor site is relatively faster than in FUT. With only small circular incisions on the donor area, this will already close within a week.
Shock loss, or hair shedding, is also expected around two months post-surgery before new and stronger hair will grow in its place.
The growth process will take months, but it is how the grafts and surgical site are cared for during the early post-surgical period that will largely determine your healing outcome. Therefore, patients are encouraged to follow post-operative instructions carefully.
Patients are also required to go to follow-up sessions so that progress can be monitored.
Follicular Unit Extraction provides better aesthetic results, particularly on the donor area. There is minimal scarring which can also be easily concealed even with short hair. With proper execution, FUE can create natural-looking results.
In some cases, a second hair transplant may be needed, but this will be subject to discussion during post-operative check-ups. Any future measures will be based on how your hair growth progress through the next few months.
Book your Private Consultation
If you are considering FUE Hair Transplant surgery please contact us for more details on pricing and procedural information. To book a private consultation today with Dr. Daood call 1300 656 236.