Losing your hair, while common, may be a big concern. If nonsurgical treatments are not sufficient to stop or slow your hair loss, it might be time to think about surgery. Plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. offers Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) to St. Petersburg, FL patients who would like thicker, fuller hair. FUE is a hair transplant surgery that's minimally invasive and uses innovative technology to remove and then implant individual follicles. FUE chooses the ideal donor follicles in the back part of your head and then places them in areas where they're wanted. Dr. O'Brien utilizes the FUE instrument to carefully put each follicle graft so that your results seem and feel healthy. If you have advanced hair thinning or bald areas, schedule an appointment at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery to find out more about FUE hair surgery.
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You might be a candidate for FUE if you've got substantial areas of baldness or thinning hair. You might have tried nonsurgical techniques like topical medications, shampoos, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or laser therapy. Although these treatments might help slow or protect against baldness, they might not be able to fix advanced baldness. FUE can be carried out on most hair conditions, colors, and textures. In your consultation, Dr. O'Brien will rate your scalp and hair to determine whether you have sufficient donor follicles to attain your hair goals.
FUE procedures will be carried out at our St. Petersburg, FL practice using a local anesthetic on your scalp. Something stronger like an oral sedative might be added to keep you calm throughout the procedure. During your appointment, Dr. O'Brien will speak with you about what will happen throughout your FUE surgery, such as how much time it will take. As soon as you're ready, Dr. O'Brien along with his staff will start the procedure. While they operate, you'll be able to sit back and listen to music or watch TV.
Your donor follicles will normally be taken from the back part of your head as this is a place where hair growth remains continuous. For moderate to large grafts, the sides and back of your scalp might have to be shaved. For smaller cases, you might just have to get a little strip of hair shaved that is covered by the hair over it. The donor hair is extracted in follicular units, usually around 1 – 4 hairs. The hair extraction procedure is randomized so the hair near the extracted follicles will grow back and then cover the follicles that are extracted. The transplanted area is going to be created by Dr. O'Brien based on the depth, angle, density, and orientation of your scalp to give you natural-looking outcomes.
What to Expect
Following the process, you'll be allowed to resume normal tasks. Dr. O'Brien will discuss your post-surgical instructions on how best to take care of your hair and when to make follow-up appointments. You might have some redness or swelling at the transplant and donor sites for a couple of days. Little scabs across the transplanted follicles can ordinarily be viewed for 7 – 10 days. Several weeks following the process, the transplanted follicles will go into the resting stage of hair development. This normally lasts for 3 – 4 months while the hair sheds. This is expected and the transplants will go back in the growing stage as new hair sprouts. It should take approximately 12 – 18 months for your final outcome to be visible. Now, your hair will look fuller and thicker. To keep your new hair, you might speak with Dr. O'Brien about utilizing nonsurgical remedies, such as PRP therapy and topical medications.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
The cost of FUE hair restoration will depend on the severity of hair loss and the desired thickness you wish to attain. During your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will review your condition, come up with a custom treatment plan, and then review your estimated costs. Our practice can also help you find low-interest financing.
Will there be scarring?
The intricate method of harvesting hair follicles individually; prevents a linear scar. There will be very small wounds in the area where hair was removed but these will begin to heal 3 – 5 days afterward with optimal results occurring around one week.
When will my newly transplanted hair start to go?
Typically, it takes about 3 – 5 months following surgery before transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. However, this will vary from person to person and it may take up to 12 – 18 months for your hair follicles to grow.
Confidently Full, Thick Hair
Though hair loss is normal, it can lead to stress or decreased confidence. If you want to know more about a long-term hair restoration option, schedule an appointment with Dr. O'Brien at his office in St. Petersburg, FL to find out more information on FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). Advanced FUE surgery at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery can help you to get fuller, thicker hair.