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FUE Hair Transplant


For a lot of us today, the struggle with hair loss is a real issue, impacting not only our appearance but also our self-confidence. In fact, hair transplant has emerged as a highly considered solution for many, offering a new chapter of growth and self-assurance. FUE is one of the least invasive methods in the field of hair restoration, known for its precision, minimal scarring, fast recovery, and natural-looking results.

So, what are the options for hair loss? What method is best for me? How can I harness the power of recent techniques to turn back the clock on hair loss? On this FUE page, you will find comprehensive insights into how the procedure works, its benefits, and whether you’re an ideal candidate. We will also address common concerns and share the latest advancements that make FUE the top choice for hair restoration among men and women alike.

Over the years, hair transplantation has evolved significantly, beginning with Dr. Orentreich’s pioneering Punch Hair Transplant in the 1950s, evolving to the sophisticated Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT) in the 1990s, and now embracing the state-of-the-art Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. FUE involves extracting individual follicular units using a two-step or three-step process, while the implantation process mirrors that of FUT. This page explains the FUE method, including the requirements, benefits, and limitations. It also describes the procedure and highlights new advancements like automated FUE, which allows skilled professionals to harvest significantly more grafts in a single day.

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What Is FUE Technique?

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a cutting-edge hair transplant method where individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area of the scalp using specialized micro punches typically ranging from 0.6-1.0mm in diameter. This technique is unique in that it does not involve removing a strip of skin with hair follicles, thus reducing scarring.

FUE is one of the methods we use to harvest hair from the donor area. In general, a hair transplantation procedure involves moving hair from the area of the head where it grows most thickly to the area where the hair is thinning or balding. There are three methods for harvesting hair from the donor area: FUT, FUE, and a combination of FUT and FUE. Each method has its own pros and cons, but FUE is the least invasive method.

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Benefits of FUE Hair Transplant

The primary advantage is the minimal scarring, as FUE extracts individual hair follicles directly from the scalp without the need for a strip of tissue to be removed, which is the case with FUT. This method allows for a quicker recovery time and reduces post-surgery discomfort. Additionally, FUE provides more flexibility in hair styling, as patients can wear their hair shorter without a noticeable linear scar. The technique is also beneficial for those with a tighter scalp or who want to avoid the more invasive nature of FUT.

  • No sutures or linear scar
  • Fast recovery on the donor area
  • Not very painful
  • The survivability rate of grafts is over 95%
  • Great for short hairstyles

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FUE Hair Transplant Shaving Options

At Maxwell Hair Clinic, understanding that different individuals have different preferences and lifestyle needs, several shaving options are offered to tailor the FUE process to each patient’s unique situation. Here are the specific shaving methods employed at Maxwell:

Partial Shaving

The partial shaving approach focuses on a specific scalp section, often the donor area, keeping the remaining hair untouched. Ideal for those receiving fewer grafts and wishing to preserve their current hairstyle, this method allows the unshaved hair to hide the treated zone, offering a more discreet solution than complete shaving.

Minimal Shaving

The minimal shaving technique, demanding high skill and precision, involves shaving small areas in the donor zone for follicle extraction. This less visible method enables a quicker return to daily life, as surrounding hair conceals the treated sections, making it ideal for those seeking discreet recovery.

No Shaving

The no-shave technique eliminates the need for head shaving, offering a discreet hair transplant option. It’s ideal for maintaining hairstyle continuity and minimizing visible signs of the procedure. This approach supports a quick return to daily activities, appealing to those seeking a subtle restoration process.

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How It Works

Step 1: Harvest

On the surgery day, the donor area will be shaved based on the shaving method you have chosen, and local anesthesia will be applied. The doctor will use a special hole punch machine to extract the hair follicles from the back of the head. FUE hair transplantation surgery is still incisional surgery, which will form multiple circular scars spread across larger area, however surgeon’s technique will ensure no scar is visible.  Once a sufficient amount of grafts have been extracted, the doctor then moves on to the transplant phase. If your surgeon suggests using combination of FUE and FUT method, in the most cases, the reason is being able to harvest more hairs than using a single method.

Step 2: Transplantation

After the grafts are extracted from the donor area, the doctor implants them into the recipient area of the scalp. The recipient area is usually around the front, top, crown and sides. The doctor uses a special tool to then implant the hair into the scalp. The doctor takes great care to make sure the hair is inserted in the natural direction of the hair growth.

Begin by using the sharp end of the punch machine to score the skin around a hair follicle.

The professionals then carefully plucks out the hair graft with tweezers. These grafts are kept fresh in certain temperature until they are ready to be placed.

The assistant uses tools to divide the grafts, which ranges from one to several hairs, ensuring a variety of graft thicknesses  necessary for a natural-gradient hair transplant.

The experienced doctor will carefully perform the transplantation step. It is crucial to achieve a seamless and natural-looking hairline. Carefully sorting these grafts is a delicate and detailed phase before they are strategically implanted.

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Recovery Timeline After a Hair Transplant

Before Hair Transplant

10 Days After Hair Transplant

3 Months After Hair Transplant

7 months After Hair Transplant

Before Hair Transplant

9 Days After Hair Transplant

5 Months After hair transplant

9 months after hair transplant

Day 2 ~ Day 30

You may feel pain for the first week, at this point, the scalp needs time to heal. You will see scabbing in two locations on the scalp: the donor area and the recipient area. These scabs are small, so they heal quickly. The day after the surgery, we will provide post-operative care, including removing the bandages from the donor area, disinfection dressing, shampoo service and laser treatment for the maximum viability. We recommend using anti-biotic spray for 3 days. Most of our patients fly back to their home country the day after the shampoo service. If you need to have stitches removed, our surgeons may use dissolvable stitches or provide medical documentation so that you can have the remaining stitches removed in your home country. In that case, you can fly the day after the surgery.

Month 1 ~ Month 3

70-80% of the transplanted hair, along with some original hairs, will fall out during this period. However, please do not worry, as this is normal during the recovery process. After 3 to 5 months, the hair will begin to grow normally. If you experience any discomfort during the recovery process, you can contact us at any time, and we will provide seamless assistance even after the procedure. If you are living in Korea, you can also visit our clinic regularly for check-ups during this period.

Month 3 ~ Month 6

This is the period when patients worry the most because the hair goes through shock loss. However, it is also the time when new hair starts to grow slowly, typically at a rate of about 1 cm per month. Please do not worry, as it takes a bit more time before it starts to resemble the result we are hoping for.

Month 6 ~ Month 12

Hairs will actively grow on the recipient area, with hair loss treatment, number of hairs and thickness can even be better in this period. The hair will gain in thickness & length, and may also change in character. It generally takes one year to see the full results of a hair transplant. We recommend to have a 1-year follow up with your surgeon, as 1-year is usually the time that you can expect a full result.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What makes the FUE method preferred over other hair transplant techniques?

The FUE hair transplant method is favoured due to its minimally invasive nature, offering precise follicular unit extraction with minimal scarring and fast recovery. It allows for more flexibility in hair styling post-surgery, as the absence of a linear scar enables patients to wear their hair shorter. Additionally, the technique’s high graft survivability rate, exceeding 95%, ensures effective, natural-looking results.

How does the FUE hair transplant process work at Maxwell Hair Clinic?

The FUE process at Maxwell begins with harvesting hair follicles from the donor area using a special micro punch tool, under local anesthesia. This step is followed by the transplantation phase, where the extracted grafts are carefully implanted into the recipient areas of the scalp. The entire process emphasizes precision and natural hair growth direction, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking hairline.

What is the recovery timeline after undergoing an FUE hair transplant at Maxwell?

Recovery after an FUE transplant varies: within the first month, minor pain and scabbing occur in both the donor and recipient areas. Between months 1 to 3, transplanted hair falls out—a normal part of the recovery process—before new hair starts growing. By months 3 to 6, new hair grows gradually, and by 6 to 12 months, patients can observe significant improvements in hair volume and thickness, with full results typically visible one year post-surgery.

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