There are two common methods of hair transplantation that are available today: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Many people are interested in FUE because it offers hair restoration benefits without major scarring along the scalp. It leads many people in the Chicago, IL area to ask us about the safety of FUE and the potential risks of the procedure.
Dr. Raymond J. Konior and Dr. Sahar Nadimi would like to go over the basics of FUE and discuss the general safeness of the procedure. There are always risks involved in any surgical procedure, but thankfully the risks here are negligible thanks to proper pre-planning.
About Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE is a type of hair transplant surgery in which individual hair follicles are taken from the donor area of the scalp. These donor follicles are then placed along the bald portion at the front of the hairline and the crown of the scalp.
FUE differs from FUT in that there is no strip taken from the donor area of the scalp, and hence no major scar along the back of the scalp. Patients who undergo FUE typically have a faster recovery than patients who undergo FUT, as well as less discomfort. However, FUE is more expensive than FUT.
Risks of FUE
Common risks of FUE include damage to the donor follicles and uneven hair distribution along the bald part of the scalp. Thankfully these risks can be reduced as long as you pick a skilled hair transplant surgeon such as Dr. Konior.
Possible Complications of FUE
Complications related to FUE tend to involve the risk of infection and excessive bleeding following follicle extraction or follicle placement. These dangers can be avoided through proper aftercare. During your visit to Chicago Hair Institute, we can go over these matters with you in full detail to help ensure you undergo a safe and effective hair transplant procedure.
General Safety and Effectiveness of FUE
Overall, FUE is a safe hair restoration option. With proper screening during a consultation, we will make sure that only good candidates for surgery undergo the procedure. That means finding patients with loose scalps, sufficient donor hair available, and viable follicular units that can be extracted from the scalp without doing serious tissue or nerve damage in the process.
The Results of FUE
The results of FUE can be quite dramatic. Patients achieve a full and natural-looking head of hair. The scarring around the donor area heals well, leaving no trace of the hair restoration procedure being performed.
Is FUE the Right Option for Me?
The best way to find out if FUE is right for you is to visit our practice for a consultation. We’ll be able to answer all of your questions in full detail and address safety concerns or health concerns you may have. If FUE isn’t right for you, we can discuss FUT and why that will be better and safer given your situation.
Learn More About Hair Transplant Techniques
To learn more about FUE and your many other options for restoring your hairline, be sure to contact a skilled hair restoration specialist. You can reach Chicago Hair Institute by phone at (630) 932-9690. We look forward to hearing from you.