Hair loss is one of the signs of aging that many hope to avoid. Unfortunately, not only can hair loss not be prevented (it is a genetic condition for the most part), but it often begins much earlier than patients would expect, giving the impression that one is much more advanced in age than they actually are. While there is no treatment that allows patients to avoid hair loss all together, Dr. Raymond J. Konior does offer a range of hair loss solutions, such as follicular unit extraction, that can combat hair loss and restore fullness and volume to the hair line. While this treatment sounds promising to many of our patients at the Chicago Hair Institute, there is one overwhelming question we hear regarding follicular unit extraction - “How long do results last?” Most are pleased to hear that follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a long lasting solution for hair loss.
Follicular unit extraction is a form of hair transplantation that allows Dr. Konior to extract individual follicular units from a donor site and then to transplant these units to the area of the head that is balding. This is a less invasive technique than strip extraction, but ultimately, the results will be very similar, as the transplantation procedure is the same for both techniques.
It is important for patients to understand what to expect from follicular unit extraction. While the final results of this procedure will be long-lasting, the results will not be immediate. Within the first few weeks after the FUE procedure, the hair shafts that were transplanted will begin to fall out. This is normal and should not be a cause for concern. Within three to four months, new hair shafts will begin to grow from the hair follicles that were transplanted. While some results will be visible once this hair begins to grow in, patients should not anticipate the full results of this procedure to be apparent until eight to 10 months following treatment. Once the results of FUE have been realized, the treated site should continue to produce full, healthy hair.
In order for patients to benefit from the long-lasting results of follicular unit extraction, it is important that this procedure is only offered to those who are ideal candidates. One concern for any hair transplantation is the patient’s age. It is not always advisable to perform FUE on a patient who is still a young adult. This is because hair loss is likely to continue for these younger patients, and it is important for Dr. Konior to understand the patient’s pattern of baldness so that the hair follicles can be placed ideally. If hair loss continues to occur after treatment, it can create a new bald area around the treated area. This would compromise the results of FUE and require an additional procedure to correct the situation.
Hair thinning and baldness is a common problem that can affect both men and women. If you have suffered from hair loss and are wondering if there is a way to restore thickness and volume to your hair line, contact us at The Chicago Hair Institute. Dr. Raymond J. Konior is happy to discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have regarding these procedures. We look forward to hearing from you!