- What is the FUE technique (or Follicular Unit Extraction)?
This is one of the two hair transplantation techniques most practised worldwide. It is performed under a simple local anaesthetic.
The practitioner manually extracts each graft (follicular unit = natural anatomical unit of one to four hairs) from the donor area of the scalp using a cylindrical cutter and still manually reimplants it directly into the recipient area of the scalp with an implanter or forceps.
This is quite a non-invasive procedure, which enables hair extraction and implantation without using a scalpel or staples, for a complete absence of linear scarring at the end of surgery.
- Who is this method of hair transplantation aimed at?
It is aimed at men and women who are in the early stages of alopecia. It is for people who want to keep their hair short without any visible scars, and also for those wishing to conceal scars from various origins in the scalp.
It is for people who want to repair or densify their eyebrows, and also for men wishing to uniformly densify their beard or moustache.
- What is the SAFER®/NeoGraft® device?
SAFER/NeoGraft® is an automated hair transplantation device that facilitates graft extraction (based on the FUE method) and implantation, while optimizing surgical accuracy and time, with patented and innovative hand pieces.
This device uses a vacuum system to remove the grafts with no trauma, and without using forceps that can damage the hair.
- Do I have to shave my head before the procedure?
No, not if you have long hair. Long hair at the back of the head will cover the shaved area (for extraction) without any problems. If you keep your hair short, it is best to shave completely to conserve uniform hair length on the entire surface of the skull for aesthetic reasons.
- When will I be able to see the results of my transplant?
Once the grafts have been implanted, all or part of the transplanted hair will fall out after two or three weeks. This is a normal part of hair regrowth. Then your hair will begin to grow again, and you will truly enjoy the results after five or six months. Most importantly, the result will be completely natural and healthy.
- How long will the transplanted hair last?
The transplanted hair has a genetic heritage which gives it much longer cycles, allowing for a permanent regrowth.
However, the cycle of non-transplanted hair will be unchanged and will continue to become sparser up to a certain point. We suggest you check with a doctor about the evolution of your alopecia, to determine the number of sessions you need, with what time spacing, etc.
- Is the automated FUE technique suitable for men and women?
Yes. This technique is suitable for men and women of all ages as long as the donor area is sufficient.
- Is the automated FUE painful?
This technique is not painful. Local anaesthetic makes the session perfectly painless during and immediately after surgery.
The intervention is not stressful. The patient can listen to music throughout the session and watch a video during the implantation phase.
- Can the patient resume normal activities immediately after the transplant?
The morning after the intervention, the patient can take a shower, go to work and resume all normal activities (excluding sport for a few days, and of course, for a few weeks for some contact sports). Wearing a motorcycle helmet is not advised during this period.
- How much does a hair transplant cost?
In most cases, the price is based on the number of transplanted grafts, as this will define the length of the surgery. In general, each graft will be charged at between €3 and €6.
Some practitioners offer a price per session, for example, 1000 grafts for €4,000.