If you are losing your hair, you have several options for coping with the hair loss or correcting it. At a certain point, many people consider hair transplantation, including follicular unit extraction surgery (FUE). While FUE can be the ideal procedure for many patients, it isn’t always the most appropriate option. Here are a few ways to know if FUE is right for you.
You Might Be a Candidate for Follicular Unit Extraction Surgery If:
You Have a Sufficient Amount of Hair Loss
Usually, a hair transplant isn’t performed until a person has lost a considerable amount of hair. If you’ve just noticed that you’ve begun to lose your hair, it’s natural to panic and want to do what you can to correct it. But having FUE or another type of hair transplant too soon in the process will make it more likely that you’ll need an additional procedure later on.
Waiting for your hair loss to progress a bit also allows you and the hair transplant surgeon to see the pattern of hair loss you’re experiencing. That will allow your surgeon to determine which hairs to harvest and how to position the transplanted hairs in your scalp.
You Have Enough Donor Hair
Since there is a high risk of rejection if another person’s hair is used during a hair transplant, the transplanted hair needs to come from your own body. It’s usually harvested from the back and sides of the scalp. That means that for FUE to be a success, you need to have a sufficient amount of donor hair. In the case of male pattern baldness, the hair on the back and sides of the head usually doesn’t fall out, making it a good option for harvesting. It can be more difficult to determine which hair to use for women suffering from hair loss, but FUE is often an option for them as well.
You Understand the Other Options
FUE isn’t your only hair loss treatment option. It’s important to understand what other options are available before you decide that FUE is the right one for you. Your hair restoration surgeon can discuss the other options available to you and the pros and cons of each, compared to FUE.
You Have Realistic Expectations
It’s important to have realistic expectations about what FUE can and can’t do for your hair and about what the surgical process is like. Many people enjoy great results from the surgery, but need to understand that it takes some time for the results to be visible and for the new hair to grow back in. You also want to know how long you’ll need to take off from work and what the recovery process involves.
Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, NJ offers FUE surgery and a number of other hair restoration options. To learn more about FUE, call Lisa at 844-261-7020 and schedule your consultation today.