What is FUE hair transplantation?

FUE - Follicular Unit Excision - is a method of extracting naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs (called follicular units) from the scalp or other parts of the face and body for later transplantation into areas where they are wanted/needed. This extraction is usually done using a circular scalpel, called a punch. It can either be done using a manual or motorized punch.

When it comes to scalp hair transplantation, extraction in done within an area called the Safe Donor Area, which is an area in the occipital-parietal scalp that is not subject to androgenic alopecia (some exceptions apply). This is the hair used to reconstruct or restore the areas in need of hair.

It is virtually scarless, as the scars left by a very small punch are usually very tiny and imperceptible even with hair as short as five millimeters.

For this procedure, hair must be shaven down to less than a millimeter to permit extraction, as it must fit inside the punch.

 

Does it hurt?

Surgery is done under local anesthesia. You will feel the first pinches of the anesthesia being infiltrated, but after that, it is virtually painless.

 

Will I be awake?

Local anesthesia means than only the area being worked on is anesthetized. This means you may remain fully conscious during the whole procedure. It is however, very common for patients to fall asleep during the procedure.

 

How long does it take?

The duration of the procedure is very variable according to the surgery goals, the hair type, difficulty, patient compliance, etc. A standard 1500 to 2000 follicular unit transplant usually takes about 6-8 hours. This includes rest periods and breaks for meals.

 

Can I travel to the clinic for surgery?

Absolutely. This is very common. We can help you with your travel and accommodations here in Portugal, so that you can also enjoy beautiful Portugal. If you wish for a stop-and-go procedure, we do recommend a rest period after the surgery of at least one day, but some patients opt to travel the next day and do so with no issues.

 

Will it look natural?

Naturalness is a primary concern. Using the right artistry and technique, we are able to achieve the much-wanted naturalness of the hairline and other areas. You will not be able to distinguish your transplanted hair from your native one.

 

Will my donor hair grow back?

The donor area is a finite supply of non-androgen sensitive hair that we must preserve at all costs. Hair transplant surgery means, roughly speaking, to change the position of existing hair into a new position. This means your transplanted hair will not grow back after the procedure. It will however grow wherever we plant it. That is the objective. 

The donor area does have more hair than it needs for coverage and we take advantage of this. By, in a very calculated manner, taking hair from this area, we can redistribute the hair supply of your head and cover the areas that are in need of hair.

Skilled management of your donor supply is crucial to a successful transplant, not only in the near future, but also in the long run.

 

How is the recovery period?

Recovery is usually a quick and issue-free period. You will be given post-operative instructions to follow and some comfort medications. There is no mandatory rest period, and patients may be back at work the next day. However, for aesthetic reasons, we recommend a rest period of 5-10 days.

Exercise may be resumed after the first 5 days and contact sports after 21 days.

 

Am I a candidate for surgery?

This can only be answered after thorough assessment by Dr. Ferreira. Please use our Consultation page to book either an in-person consultation or an initial online consultation.

 

How many grafts will I need?

As stated in the previous question: This can only be answered after thorough assessment by Dr. Ferreira. Please use our Consultation page to book either an in-person consultation or an initial online consultation.

 

How much does it cost?

As stated in the previous question: This can only be answered after thorough assessment by Dr. Ferreira. Please use our Consultation page to book either an in-person consultation or an initial online consultation.

 

 

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