Hair loss is a common aging concern for many people, particularly men. If you’ve tried over-the-counter treatments without success, you might feel like you’ve lost the battle against balding. But you can still reclaim a healthy head of hair with FUE hair restoration.
What is FUE Hair Restoration?
FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and involves transplanting small groups of healthy hair follicles to balding areas. Unlike traditional hair transplant methods, FUE is a more precise and personalized approach that produces natural-looking results. ‘
Male pattern baldness (alopecia) occurs when hair follicles in the scalp stop regrowing hair. Although this type of alopecia is typically associated with age, some men experience balding as early as their 20s. An FUE hair transplant offers more effective and long-lasting (actually permanent) results than non-surgical treatments but still has the benefits of being minimally invasive and leaving no obvious scars.
During an FUE hair transplant, Dr. Langdon removes individual follicles and tiny groups of follicles from the donor area (most often the back of the scalp). grafts are then cleansed and trimmed. Dr. Langdon then places these grafts of healthy hair strategically to mimic your natural hair pattern. These transplanted follicles will continue growing hair in their new location, eventually leading to healthy hair in the balding area.
FUE hair restoration procedures can take several hours to complete, depending on how much hair needs to be transplanted. Dr. Langdon uses local anesthetic for the transplant procedure, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort.
What to Expect After an FUE Hair Transplant
Because FUE hair restoration is a minimally invasive procedure, downtime is short and easy. You can return to work and normal activities in just three days. Some swelling and discomfort in your scalp are normal during this time, and you should avoid shampooing your head for at least 48 hours. Patients can resume all activities, including strenuous exercise, in about ten days.
The majority of your transplanted hair will fall out within a few weeks of the procedure. This is a natural response to the synchronizing of the hair growth cycle in the transplanted follicles. Your new hair will start growing in a couple of months, at which point you’ll start seeing results.
The transplanted hair follicles are permanent in their new location. You’ll likely enjoy lifelong results from an FUE hair transplant. However, the procedure doesn’t stop the natural progression of pattern hair loss, which can lead to more hair loss in previously uninvolved areas of the scalp.
Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?
FUE hair restoration is typically performed for men experiencing male pattern baldness. This includes a receding hairline or baldness at the crown. You should have sufficient hair in the donor area to transplant for optimal results. During a detailed consultation, Dr. Langdon will help you determine if an FUE hair transplant is right for you.
Dr. Langdon and all of his nurses and staff are very friendly and they know how to make you feel very comfortable. He is a very experienced doctor, I call him an artistic dr. because he’s so precise in his work. If you would like something done right, dr. Langdon is the one to see. I am very pleased with my results and very grateful for him and his staff being here in Ct.
If you have further questions about FUE hair restoration, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at The Langdon Center in Guilford, CT. Call us at 203-453-8625 or fill out our convenient online contact form.