Nedra Jack July 6, 2018

A full, healthy head of hair is something everyone wants. Unfortunately, ageing, genetics and health problems can all lead to hair thinning and loss.

Even though hair loss is a common problem, it can still be a major blow to your self-confidence. Luckily, there are a number of hair restoration techniques and procedures that can help with hair loss, including hair transplantation surgery.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

Hair transplants have become increasingly popular in recent years, with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) being one of the most common procedures.

This minimally invasive hair transplantation technique doesn’t require any stitches and will leave you with the natural-looking results. Unlike Follicular Transplantation (FUT) that removes an entire strip of skin from the back of the scalp, the FUE method requires the surgeon to individually remove a small number of hair follicles from the scalp and transplant them to the thinning areas.

Unlike some of the other procedures and techniques out there, FUE is a permanent transplant and requires very little recovery time.

Am I a good candidate for FUE?

There are several factors that will need to be considered when determining whether you’re the right candidate for the FUE hair transplantation procedure.

Age

While men and women of most ages are well suited to this procedure, if a patient is too young, a surgeon might be more reluctant to perform the transplant. Young patients with premature hair loss will continue to experience hair loss as they age. This means that in the future, they will need multiple procedures in order to maintain a natural-looking hairline since baldness patterns can’t yet be established. The ideal FUE hair transplant patient should be 30 or older because their baldness patterns will have already been established, making it easier for the surgeon to provide them with lasting results.

Hair Loss Classification

How severe your hair loss is will also play a role. During your consultation, your surgeon needs to make sure that you have enough donor hair available for transplantation. The amount of available donor hair will determine how successful the procedure will be. If the patient has an insufficient amount of donor hair or has suffered extensive hair loss, the transplant won’t achieve the desired result. Hair Transplants Melbourne are specialised in FUE hair transplants and will discuss this with you during your consultation after examining your scalp.

Lifestyle

The healthier your lifestyle, the better candidate you are for an FUE hair transplantation. Ideal candidates should follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and practice stress management. Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, candidates also shouldn’t have any serious illnesses as this could prolong recovery times.

Once your doctor has looked at the above factors, he’ll be able to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for the FUE procedure. Be sure to bring up any questions or concerns that you might have so that you’re completely comfortable with the procedure, know what to expect and can set realistic expectations too.