How does it happen?
At a consultation with us, we go through what FUE means and how the method fits you. Simply explained, this means that you take out a hair follicle group at a time which is then put in areas that need more hair. The hair follicle groups are taken from the back and temples, often called the donor area. Hair follicles in the donor area cannot convert testosterone to DHT and therefore they do not suffer from male hair loss.
There are only small scabs after the FUE method and they are completely healed in two weeks. The method also does not leave any visible scars.
In the FUE method, we talk about hair follicle groups, grafts and grafts. To sort out the different concepts, one can easily explain it like this:
A FUE graft (one graft in English) is the same as a hair follicle group. Each graft / hair follicle group usually contains 1-3 hair follicles.
So when you take out a number of FUE, eg 1000, this means 1000 hair follicle groups that correspond to about 2200-2300 hair follicles.
Our patients experience the FUE method as completely odramatic, without pain, stitches or visible scars. As some patients said "smoother than going to the dentist". The first step involves planning together with the entire OP team inside the operating room. The surfaces that we will work in are marked and locally anesthetized. You then get a sedative that is very comfortable, you lie down comfortably and probably fall asleep. We then work to tease out the number of hair follicle groups (grafts / grafts) determined during the planning.
While waiting for implantation of the grafts, they are stored in a cooled salt and nutrient solution. The next step is to prepare the area where the grafts are to be placed. The area is locally anesthetized and what we do we call "jacking". We use an instrument that makes small channels with a carefully defined direction and angle relative to the skin surface.
The last step is that a graft is inserted into each channel. The hair will grow in the angle and direction made at the "jacking". The local anesthetic sits in and you can sleep through this step if you want. Then the surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, the grafts are checked and we then put a protective bandage that you keep until the day after your hair transplant. We then remove the bandage, check the surfaces and go through your aftercare instructions before you can go home.
Two weeks after your hair transplant with the FUE method, all the scabs are completely gone. You can work and train already a few days after your hair transplant if you want to. The new hair starts to grow after 3-4 months and the end result after a FUE you see 12 months after the operation. We contact all of our patients two weeks after the surgery, and when one year has passed since the surgery. You as a patient should feel safe when you do your FUE operation with us and we are always available on e-mail and phone.
As a "bonus", this technique often gives a certain pigmentation around the inhaled hair-skin grafts. The reason is also that the graft is not subjected to compression, and in addition we push the grafts a little deeper so that they are level with the skin surface. Then the conditions are good for some of the pigment-forming cells - melanocytes - in the skin part of the graft to survive.
Scars in the scalp can be for a variety of reasons, for example due to accidents or surgical treatments. Such scars can be treated in a traditional manner, that is with scar tissue, possibly preceded by balloon insertion to reduce tightness, thereby improving the prospect of a new, thinner scarring line. But our technique is not applied in public care. We have treated patients who have been referred to NHC from a plastic surgery clinic several times. It has been estimated that this in many cases is the cost-effective solution for patient and health care.