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Stands for: Follicular Unit Extraction
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FUE Hair Transplant - All You Need to Know

A Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that looks to promote new hair growth on your scalp and/or face. Whether you are concerned about your receding hairline, eyebrows, or beard, an FUE treatment is often the perfect solution for many causes of thinning hair.

All of our hair transplant procedures, including FUE surgery, crown hair transplant etc, are conducted by certified medical professionals with years of experience in hair restoration. Book your free consultation today and end your hair loss concerns!

What is an FUE Transplant?

The FUE transplant procedure looks to take anywhere between 1,000-6,000 individual hair follicles from the donor area and implant them onto the balding/thinning area of your scalp. This treatment, conducted by one of our hair restoration surgeons, in essence “transports” hair that doesn’t get affected by the hormone DHT (which is one of the main causes of hair loss) onto the area of your scalp that requires hair, thus leaving a natural result as it is your own hair that is used.

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure

Why should you get FUE?

Hair loss is a problem that can affect anyone in the UK. In a 1998 study conducted by Rhodes et. al, results showed 42% of men between the ages of 18 and 49 to show signs of extensive hair loss. With the general scientific consensus being that pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is a result of genetics, this is a problem that many men and women will experience over the course of their lifetime even without external influences such as stress, weight loss, and side effects to medical treatments such as chemotherapy.


What can an FUE Hair Transplant Treat?

Like many medical conditions, there is no singular explanation for hair loss. However, FUE hair transplants can be used to treat a number of different causes for hair loss:

  • Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) – Male Pattern Baldness refers to hair loss on the scalp area. Often, MPB begins with frontal receding before the gradual reduction in hair leads to full baldness on the top of the head. As men being to age, this condition can become more and more prominent. As such, an FUE hair transplant can be used to prevent your hair line from receding any further and promote new hair growth.
  • Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) – Women can also feel the effects of hair loss just as much as men! Whilst 40% of women have admitted to showing signs of hair loss by the age of 50, this number reaches a staggering 55% by the time they reach 80 (see Yip 2007 & Sinclair 2015). Unlike men, many women report to experiencing hair loss in different places to men. Commonly, FPB is categorised by visible signs of thinning of hair on the top of the scalp. This is often a result of women who have experienced increased hair shedding or a visible reduction in hair volume.
  • Beards and Eyebrows – If you struggle to grow facial hair, or have experienced a loss or thinning of your beard/eyebrow hair, then an FUE hair transplant may be for you. Given that healthy donor hairs are extracted individually (or in small numbers) with FUE, this hair transplant method produces minimal scarring. Where other treatments such as FUT (sometimes referred to as the ‘strip method’) would not be able to treat facial hair problems, FUE is perfect!

Hair Transplant Surgery vs Alternatives

Whilst there are a number of treatments on the market today, an FUE hair transplant offers a long-term and fuller result than its alternatives.

  • Medication (such as Finasteride and Minoxidil) – Many patients, before they have come to us, try medication before hair restoration surgery. However, these drugs are dht blockers and thus are used to slow down/stop further hair loss. The down sides are that they can have side effects (such as a decrease in libido) and are a treatment, so ongoing use is required.
  • Tattoo Treatments – Whilst tattooing your hair may be a long term solution for those suffering with hair loss, this, unlike a hair transplant, does not stimulate hair growth. Rather, tattoo treatments are designed simply to mask, or hide the true extent, of a patient’s balding. FUE looks to implant healthy hair follicles into your balding area and actually prevent you from losing hair.
  • Synthetic Hair Wigs – Like other treatments, many of our other patients suffering with more extreme hair loss have used wigs to mask their hair loss. However, many synthetic wigs are often a short-term solution (typically lasting between 6-9 months) and can be uncomfortable for those wearing them.
  • Real Hair Wigs – Whilst real hair wigs are a longer-term solution (lasting up to a couple of years) than their synthetic counterparts, they can often be more expensive and still do not actively counteract your hair loss problems. Choosing to opt for an FUE hair transplant gives you the opportunity to have, and style, your own hair. Not to mention, it’s cheaper in the long term.

How does the procedure work?

After you have received your free consultation with one of our hair transplant surgeons, arrive at our clinic on Harley Street. All our patients receive local anaesthetic during hair transplant surgery. During the surgery, you shouldn’t feel anything more than a little bit of pressure; almost like a head massage!

At the beginning of the procedure, the lead hair transplant surgeon will begin by extracting follicular units from the donor area in natural groups of 1-4 (this is called a hair graft). These grafts, or follicular units, are circled by a tiny 1mm punch enabling an accurate and precise incision to be made. The follicular unit is then grasped gently and pulled away from the loose connective tissue that surrounds the unit under the skin.

Once the hair grafts have been taken, no more preparation is required. These small donor hairs are then implanted into the bald area one by one. This process is then repeated over and over again as desired.

As patients are left with tiny 1mm scars from follicle extraction, as opposed to other hair surgery treatments which make larger incisions, the FUE recovery time is usually between 6-7 days.

The Four Stages of a FUE Hair transplant

Before an FUE hair transplantation, local anaesthetic is administered, so you won’t feel more than a slight pressure during the procedure

  1. A Micro Punch tool is used to cut a small circle of skin around the individual follicular unit
  2. The follicular unit (or graft) is gently prised away from the surrounding loose connective tissue under the skin
  3. The harvested grafts are sorted according to how many individual hairs in each follicle
  4. The grafts are then implanted into the balding area of the scalp
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Who will do your FUE Transplant?

After your free initial consultation, your FUE hair transplant will be performed by one of our certified hair transplant doctors. All of our procedures are performed by doctors with a little help from our specialist nurses, ensuring you receive quality care and treatment.

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What is the difference between FUE and FUT?

There are a number of key differences between the FUT and FUE hair transplant methods.

Often called the ‘strip method’ or ‘strip surgery’, FUT hair transplants take large strips of donor hairs from the patient’s scalp. These strips of hair are then dissected under a microscope before being implanted into the balding area. In comparison, follicular unit excision (FUE) takes much smaller hair grafts from the donor area, not only making it quicker, but leaving most patients with much less scarring than those who have undergone FUT.

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Why choose FUE over FUT?

  • During procedure, there is less pain involved in FUE than FUT. This is because no major, or large, incisions are required.
  • FUE is also a quicker than FUT. This is because no separations need to be made under a microscope as is needed with FUT. This means you can tailor your hair transplant around your busy schedule!
  • After the procedure, FUE typically has a much quicker recovery time when compared to FUT. This is because of the reduced scarring made by the 1mm punches. Patients are left with tiny scabs that quickly heal as opposed to large incisions made in the scalp.

Do FUE Hair Transplants hurt?

Patient safety comes first and foremost at our clinic. Some great news is that during the procedure, you should not feel any pain at all. This is because the treatment is done under local anaesthetic. You shouldn’t feel a thing!

After your FUE hair transplant surgery, there may be some slight feelings of discomfort. However, as almost microscopic incisions are made on the scalp, you should not expect to feel any tightness as you would with FUT treatments.

After your procedure, one of our hair transplant surgeons will remain in contact with you and discuss the aftercare process with you extensively. If you have any problems, just get in touch with us!

Results and Aftercare

Following your hair transplantation procedure, you will have access to our post-transplant aftercare program and expert guidance, whenever you need it.

It is important to keep the scalp hydrated during the first few days following the procedure in order to protect against infection and minimise scabbing. We provide full instructions for aftercare and are on hand to answer any concerns following your procedure.

It can take 2 to 3 months for the new follicles to take and naturally grow new hair, so regrowth may be uneven at first, but rest assure, you will soon benefit from thicker looking hair. Although every patient’s recovery time and results may differ, most patients see full natural hair growth around 10 months following their procedure.

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Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Based on 26 reviews.
John P Ronan
John P Ronan
Very few can deliver a professional service whilst ensuring that all clients receive first -class personalised treatment, turning what can be a daunting experience into something of relative ease. Both Kevin, Dr Karla, and their surgical team certainly did this (and then some!) Once my mind was made up to have hair loss treatment, I was keen to get my transplant done asap. Kevin exceeded all my expectations with this - it’s hard to believe that my journey from first consultation to surgery happened in the space of one month. Efficiency did not stop there - on the day of surgery, my transplant was completed in less than 6 hours, all the while ensuring that I was comfortable and pain-free. Security is the best word that comes to mind to describe Dr Karla’s care -you know you’re in experienced hands! Now I can look forward to the results over the next few months, with the added peace of mind that the Harley Street Clinic team are only a phone call or email away to address any concerns. They will be the first name I will recommend to anyone looking for effective hair loss treatment, and I hope to make use of their service again in the future should I need it.
anees haseem
anees haseem
Dr karla is an excellent Dr gives out great advice and is so friendly I have enjoyed meeting the team overall kind and friendly team 10/10
Spencer Aldridge
Spencer Aldridge
From my first contact with Kevin he has provided great customer service, responding quickly or questions, offering consultations and giving me time to make my decision (not a salesman like I have experienced before). He is extremely knowledgeable in this area and so far everything he has told me has been true! Dr Kalra is a fantastic doctor and he knows everything there is to know about hair loss, I trust him completely. The surgery went smoothly, some of the injections hurt at the start but after that it’s the sitting still for hours that is the hardest part. The nurses were also brilliant they were happy to talk to you if you initiated conversation but didn’t chew your ear off if you were quiet. It is 4 months since my surgery and the the hair in the top of my head is almost fully covered with a few thinner spots where I previously had no hair at all, it seems to be noticeably thickening up weekly so I think one more month and no one would ever know I used to be bald! The donor area was completely healed and unnoticeable after 4 weeks. The aftercare has also been great, I have followed the instructions and I am very happy with the results so far.
Gary Huxley
Gary Huxley
Matty B
Matty B
I got a hair transplant and PRP for my hair. Im 19 years old and it’s the best decision I made so far. Manchester hair transplant clinic have been amazing. They were brilliant at welcoming me into getting a hair transplant and amazing at doing the job right. I will defiantly be going to them later on in my life if/when another is needed due to my age. I would highly recommend their service to anyone interested 😊
Richard Morris
Richard Morris
So after years of thinking about having a hair transplant i finally phoned up Harley street hair transplant clinic and spoke to Kevin who was extremely helpful answering all my questions.The transplant was on the 29th Jan 2022 by Dr Kalra and his team who made me feel really relaxed and comfortable. They were all very professional and very friendly. The procedure went great, no pain at all and I was extremely happy with the results. I can’t thank Kevin, Dr Kalra and his team enough, even the after care was unbelievable, thanks again guys. Highly recommend, 5 star service all day long. Cheers Richie
I was quite scared before going into surgery, but Dr kalra reassured me the procedures were straight forward and easy going. And he was amazing and so were the team. Everyone was polite and professional and I will recommend this team to anybody else 🙂
Anthony Davies
Anthony Davies
Had my FUE hair transplant on Saturday 5th February 2022 for receding hair line and balding crown. I’ve been thinking about a hair transplant for the last 2 years, I’ve heard bad stories and good stories as you do when you look through the internet or watching YouTube videos. I spoke with Kevin in January, great with explaining everything and putting me at ease (as I naturally worry about anything and everything). I wanted the surgery done as soon as possible after speaking to Kevin as everything felt right. Kevin arranged this for me and before I knew it here I am after surgery thinking what was I ever worried about and why didn’t I get this done sooner, however, things happen for a reason and that reason I hadn’t had it done sooner was I hadn’t found the right place or team to do the transplant and I’m glad that happened as I found Harley street hair transplant. I would highly recommend Kevin - Dr Kalra and his team. Thank you all for giving me my confidence back and making me feel like a different person. I am 4 days into my recovery and feel great. If you are reading this review and are like me with worrying about everything then please stop worrying, you are in safe hands before, during and after the procedure with Kevin, Dr Kalra and his team, just go for it. Thank you all again 😁
Mark A
Mark A
Massive Thankyou to all the team . After months of indecision as to wether to have a hair transplant or not ,i finally made the decision to make that first call,im so glad i did,im so pleased i went with Dr Khalra and his team. I first spoke to Kevin he come across as a very honest and genuine guy who was certainly very knowledgable about all the procedure ,after speaking to him i decided that these were the people i wanted to go with. On the day of the procedure i was very nervous,but on meeting Dr Kalra and his team i was immediately put at ease ,he was very reassuring and such a lovely friendly guy as was his team,It was all very proffesionally done in a lovely clean and modern clinic in Bury. Throughout the day i felt i was in really good hands with Dr Khalra and his team Naz and Raz ( hope ive spelt it right). Im now 7weeks into my Fue hair transplant and looking forward to the coming months to see the results . Ive no hesitation in recommending Dr Khalra Kevin and the team ,they are definitely the right people to go to if you are considering having a procedure done . Again i cant thank you enough . Mark..
Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones
Great experience, Kevin walked me through every step of the process beforehand and helped with any questions I had along the way. Dr. Kalra and the team looked after me on the day which went great. Thanks guys for your help, amazing experience.

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