FUE Hair Transplant


What Is FUE Hair Transplant?

FUE is a short form for Follicular Unit Transfer, a minimally invasive procedure for hair transplantation. The hair follicles are individually removed from donor areas (strong areas of the scalp) and placed in the thinning areas

FUE can fix a range of problems, including hair loss, alopecia, and receding hair. It is suitable for patients who have medical conditions that lead to hair thinning.

The small follicular units enable the surgeon to transplant thousands of grafts within a single session, hence maximizing the impact of the technique. Before the follicular hair transplantation method was developed, surgeons removed large grafts in groups of 3-8 hairs. This method yielded an unnatural look as the follicular units would get damaged of broken up, affecting hair growth.

Follicular Unit Extraction is a surgical hair transplant technique that involves removing individual hair follicles from scalp and implanting them on the thinning or bald areas of the head. The whole procedure, i.e., from extraction to implantation, is performed manually by our skilled surgeon Dr. Farooque. FUE hair transplant in Dubai is ideal for:

  •         Patients whose hairline is growing backward
  •         People with bald hair
  •         Those with particle hair loss

How Does Fue Hair Transplant Work?

The actual procedure is similar to traditional hair transplant. Eyebrow hair grafts are taken from hairs above your ears. A surgeon transfers not just the individual hairs, but the hair follicles, too. This helps to ensure that new hairs are able to grow in your eyebrows once the initial transferred ones fall out. After the patient is given a general anesthetic, a surgeon will make small incisions at the follicle donor sites, as well as at the sites of transplantation in a patient’s brows. The entire process takes about 2 to 3 hours. (4)

The doctor begins by shaving off the back of the patient’s head. A small instrument is then used to remove the follicular units from the scalp leaving tiny marks. The surgeon then makes small holes on the bald area and grafts hair follicles into the holes. The area is then covered with a gauze or bandage to prevent infection and speed up healing.

Dr Ahsen Farooque

Best Hair Transplant Surgeon In Dubai

Dr Ahsen Farooque, Diplomat American Board certified Hair restoration surgeon (ABHRS) USA is well-recognized for his significant contribution to the health and beauty industry. Dr. Ahsen has worked in the best hair restoration clinics in Bahrain, Ireland, Sweden, and is now a member of the Hair Transplant Clinic in Dubai.

His expertise lies in Stem Cell Follicular Unit Extraction (Stem Cell FUE), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT).

Dr. Farooque boasts an impressive academic background, having studied at the FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, where he acquired an MBBS degree. Later on, he worked in various sectors, including dermatology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, and emergency medicine, before specializing in Hair Restoration.


FUE Hair Transplant FAQs

Who Needs Hair Transplant?

People suffering from:

Pattern Hair loss:

The condition is also known as androgenic alopecia, and hair transplantation has proved to treat the problem since the 1950s. Surgeons remove a narrow strip of the scalp, which are then divided into tiny grafts, each with a few hairs. Each graft is planted into the area with missing hair and left to grow naturally

Non patterned hair loss:

The condition is common in men and is a result of alopecia areata, compulsive hair pulling, scarring, and triangular alopecia. High forehead or receding hairlines in females: The condition affects both men and women, and the symptoms develop after one’s teenage years or during adulthood. Some causes of a receding hairline include age, family history, hormonal changes, stress and lifestyle choices

Burnt scalp cases with hair loss:

Hair transplantation is also a useful technique for treating different types of trauma including burns, accidents, or explosions

Hair loss after childbirth:

Hormonal changes after childbirth also cause hair loss. The condition affects women 3-4 months after childbirth, and it resolves within a year post-pregnancy. If it has not resolved within this period, you should consider remedies such as hair transplantation Stress-related hair loss: High levels of stress can cause different types of hair loss, including Telogen effluvium, Alopecia areata, and Trichotillomania. Hair transplantation helps hair regrow just as natural growth cycle

Telogen effluvium:

The condition causes abrupt hair shedding, usually evident several months after experiencing a traumatic event. It affects the top section of the scalp and affects women more than men. Hair regrows after six months, but people who have chronic Telogen effluvium should explore alternatives such as hair transplantation

Traction alopecia:

It is a form of hair loss that causes mechanical damage to the hair follicle as a result of repeated pulling or tension. For example, women who wear the same hairstyles for prolonged periods or tight hairstyles. Women who have severe traction alopecia cases need aggressive treatments like hair transplantation

Is the Fue Hair Transplant invasive or non-invasive?

FUE hair transplant is non-invasive, painless, and leads to minimal scarring. This is what makes the process advantageous over other hair transplantation methods.

Is the patient given local or general anesthesia?

While the process is minimally invasive, the doctor administers a local anesthesia to keep you comfortable and less sensitive to pain. A general anesthesia is necessary when performing more complex cases that involve tissue flaps or expansion.

How is Fue Hair Transplant performed?

The doctor begins by shaving off the back of the patient’s head. A small instrument is then used to remove the follicular units from the scalp leaving tiny marks. The surgeon then makes small holes on the bald area and grafts hair follicles into the holes. The area is then covered with a gauze or bandage to prevent infection and speed up healing.

What technology is used in Fue Hair Transplant?

FUE hair transplant is performed using two methods. The first is the manual FUE technique, where the surgeon removes follicular units using a unique punch tool. The second is called the motorized automated FUE that involves the use of an automated punch tool for fast graft extraction.

How long does the Fue Hair Transplant take?

The length of the procedure depends on several factors:

Whether the patient has had medical conditions: If the patient has a pre-existing condition, for example, the medication can lead to complications if local anesthesia is used. Understanding prognosis allows the medical team to determine the approach to use when performing the procedure.

The procedure itself:

FUE takes a longer period due to the hands-on nature of the procedure. Also, it needs a great deal of care when implanting individual hairs.

Number of grafts deployed:

The volume of hair getting transplanted determines the length of treatment. If the patient experiences any discomfort, the procedure is broken down to multiple sessions in a manageable way

On which body parts can we perform Fue Hair Transplant?

What can Fue Hair Transplant fix?

Since the procedure does not create scars, hair can be harvested from a range of body parts, including the chest, bears, legs and the back. The more body hair density an individual has, the more it makes them eligible for FUE hair transplant procedure.

What can Fue Hair Transplant not fix?

Some people may not be candidates for FUE hair transplantation. They include:

  • Women with wide-spread or diffuse hair loss
  • Those who don’t have adequate donor sites
  • People who develop keloid scars after a radiation injury, trauma, burns, or surgery

Can Fue Hair Transplant fix hair loss?

Yes, the procedure can fix hair loss. The technique allows the surgeon to take healthy hair follicles from different parts of the body and transplant them to areas where the patient is balding or has thinning hair.

Can Fue Hair Transplant fix receding hairline?

Yes, FUE hair transplant method can restore a receding hairline. It is the most preferred technique as it causes minimal scarring and yields high-quality results.

Can Fue Hair Transplant fix traction alopecia?

Yes, the procedure is ideal for patients with severe cases of traction alopecia. Being a modern hair transplant technique, it involves the use of follicle unit grafting. The follicle unit comprises natural groups of hair which are moved surgically to the areas that don’t have hair.

Is the Fue Hair Transplant an effective solution to hair loss?

Yes, if the area is completely bald, surgeons achieve about 30% of the original hair density. Patients with hair loss caused by genetics, the patient is likely to experience long-lasting results. However, if hair loss is a result of a medical condition like alopecia, the hair transplantation procedure may not be useful as the problem can recur at any time.

Where to get Fue Hair Transplant in Dubai?

Dubai has a range of clinics that provide FUE and FUT hair transplantation procedures. They include ILHT, Maxim hair restoration, Tunio Aesthetics hair transplant among others.

How does the affected area look like right after the Fue Hair Transplant?

After the hair transplantation operation, you are likely to experience:

  • Swelling: Your face and face may swell slightly for five days. The best way to rid of the swelling is to place some ice on the area
  • Burning sensation: You are likely to develop a burning sensation around the donor area four days after the procedure. You can apply a moisturizer 3-4 times a day to the donor site a
  • Itching: It is a sign of healing, and it usually develops 2-3 days after the procedure. Be sure to avoid scratching the area

Is Fue Hair Transplant safe?

The procedure is safe as long as an experienced, plastic surgeon has performed it. However, as any surgical procedure, the area may develop infection, wide scars, and excessive bleeding. Some patients also develop stretch-back scars caused by tension.

Is Fue Hair Transplant permanent?

The hair grows on the transplanted areas after 3-6 months, healthier and much stronger. The results are permanent, and the hair grows just as it did when it was in the donor area.

How much does Fue Hair Transplant cost in Dubai?

Most clinics in the country charge on a per graft basis because the procedure is time-consuming and more involving than the traditional FUT method. Graft is the tissue extracted from the back of the scalp during a hair transplant procedure. One graft has up to eight roots which can lead to growth of 1-8 hair. As such, 1000 grafts can lead to 1000-8000 new hair. The average cost ranges between AED 12-15 per graft.

Is Fue Hair Transplant more expensive than the FUT hair transplant?

The cost of FUE is higher than that of FUT because it requires more time. The surgeon needs to extract and transplant the follicles graft-by-graft.

Is Fue Hair Transplant worth it?

It’s worth it because it is painless, minimally invasive, and doesn’t cause numbness. Also, the way hair is implanted ensures the procedures yield the best results. The specialists map the hair growth before implantation, so they know the appropriate angle for placing each follicle. The method requires a lot of expertise to ensure that the donor hair grows and feels natural.

Recovery & Post-Procedure Care

FUE transplant method allows patients to recover pretty fast. Most patients resume activity the next day. However, some patients take a longer time to recover (1-2 days) if they have underlying conditions. Patients engaging in activities that involve exposure to head injuries, sunlight or dust need a longer time to recover.

How do you care for a patient after Fue Hair Transplant?

It is imperative to take care of the implanted area to ensure it heals and hair grows. On the first day after the surgery:

  • Take off the bandages and take a painkiller and antibiotic
  • When sleeping ensure the implanted area does not come into contact with the pillow.
  • You can spread a diaper on the pillow to absorb any secretion from the wound.
  • When showering massage the back of the head using lukewarm water.
  • Spray the implanted area with the prescribed solution
    Repeat the procedure in the evening for 4-5 days.
  • Avoid rubbing any crusts forming on the surface.
  • Avoid taking alcohol, fast food or smoking 3-5 days after the procedure to avoid swelling

When can we go home after the Fue Hair Transplant?

The patient should go home immediately after the procedure. It is essential to reduce activity and keep the head elevated at 45 degrees when asleep to avoid swelling.

What can you eat after Fue Hair Transplant?

Maintain a healthy diet that includes nuts, vegetables, and natural oils after the hair transplant. The diet should contain a significant amount of calcium, vitamin B, and magnesium

Do we have to take antibiotics after Fue Hair Transplant?

The prescribed medicines vary based on the patient’s condition. Most doctors prescribe antibiotics in the form of a cream or pills. Also, some medications, like Finasteride and Minoxidil may be prescribed to promote hair growth.

When can we take a shower after Fue Hair Transplant?

The patient can take a shower the next day after the surgery. However, you should avoid scratching, rubbing, or picking the transplanted area 8-10 days after the surgery.

After how many days can we wash the hair normally after Fue Hair Transplant?

You can wash the hair normally three days after the hair transplantation. Use shampoo and apply lotion for the next 15 days to ensure all the scabs come off.

Can we wear our regular clothes after Fue Hair Transplant?

Yes, 7-10 days after the surgery. Wearing a hat or other apparel that comes into contact with the recipient site can lead to permanent damage or cause adverse effects on hair growth.

What soap/shampoo do we have to use after Fue Hair Transplant?

Look for a special medical shampoo to wash the area. It not only hastens the recovery process but also removes any scabs on the recipient area.

Can we wash the affected area at home after the Fue Hair Transplant?

Yes, you can wash the affected area three days after the hair transplant procedure. Follow it up with an emollient lotion to enhance the regeneration of skin cells, softens the scabs, and moisturizes the skin.

How to wash the scalp after Fue Hair Transplant?

You can wash the scalp on the day after the surgery or three days after the procedure. When washing be gentle and don’t allow water to beat the area directly on the recipient area
When rinsing, avoid using pressurized water. You can use a cup or a bowl to pour water on the recipient site.
Rinse off the shampoo thoroughly and use a hairdryer on cool air mode to dry the hair

How often do we have to see the doctor after Fue Hair Transplant?

The doctor may prescribe regular checkups to assess progress and change dressing. The type of dressing re-applied usually depends on your stage of healing and the condition of the transplant site. If you have developed bruising, the doctor will use a gauze. Transplant appointments also help the patient understand the after-care process.The doctor may prescribe regular checkups to assess progress and change dressing. The type of dressing re-applied usually depends on your stage of healing and the condition of the transplant site. If you have developed bruising, the doctor will use a gauze. Transplant appointments also help the patient understand the after-care process.

How long does it take for the scalp to heal after Fue Hair Transplant?

FUE hair transplant method does not need stitching. However, the donor area is shaved down, leaving tiny holes on the skin. The tiny holes heal within five days, and after 14 days, the marks disappear, leaving the donor hair to grow among them.

Do we have to use any ointments on the scalp after PRP?

Yes, you may apply a topical antibiotic ointment or a healing ointment for maximum healing results.

What are the risks and side effects of FUE Hair transplant?

While the procedure is less intrusive, it still leads to side effects such as:

  • Bleeding: The transplant involves the removal of hair follicles from some areas of the head that experience lots of hair growth. As such, you are likely to experience minor bleeding.
  • Itching: It is a sign of healing, but if the itching is prolonged, it may be caused by the shampoo you are using.
  • Infection: It is often a sign of a complication of the procedure. Doctors recommend applying a lotion, mild antibiotic or lotion to rid of any infection.
  • Shock loss: The condition causes any newly transplanted hair to fall off after the procedure. However, the newly transplanted hair regrows a few months after the shock loss

Technology Background

The first hair transplant surgery was performed in 1952 by Dr. Norman Orentreich. At the time, the medical fraternity had rejected his submissions of his paper, but it was later published in 1959. It was at the time that the doctor developed the term ‘donor dominance’ to describe the principle of hair transplantation.
The principle explained that healthy hair that has been harvested from the side or the back of the scalp could grow like the original location. This phenomenon explains why hair continues to grow after it has been transplanted to bald or thinning areas of the scalp.

What's the story behind FUE Hair Transplant?

Dr. Noman Orentreich, the creator, of the discovery, called the technology donor dominance after he had performed the first transplant surgery for male baldness in 1952.

Who Introduced the FUE Hair Transplant?

An Australian doctor discovered this hair transplant technique after he began investigating the notion of removing naturally-occurring units from the donor site using a small punch. The idea later gained popularity in the United States when Rassman and Bernstein introduced Follicular Unit Extraction in a 2002 medical literature publication.

Dr. Bernstein, the earliest adopter of FUE, now owns the technology as he has made additional discoveries. The most notable is the Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction technology, which he used in 2011 after Restoration Robotics Inc. introduced robotic hair transplantation.

What makes FUE Hair Transplant better than FUT Hair transplant?

  • Capitalization: Researchers continue to advance FUE hair transplantation technologies. Having made a breakthrough in the last two decades, more companies are funding research in other possible technologies that could originate from FUE.
  • Research and Development: FUE technology promises numerous advances that expand the scope of patients’ outcomes. One notable development is the UGraft FUE hair transplant method that uses a fast and easy surgical device to extract different types of hair follicles including body hair, Afro-textured hair, head hair, and beard hair.
  • Social conscience: Unlike the strip hair transplantation method, FUE involves extracting each graft using a surgical procedure. As such, doctors should avoid using machines that vacuum the grafts. Such a technique can air-dry the grafts to death and compromise the effectiveness of the whole process.

Alternative Procedures

People looking for non-surgical alternatives to hair transplant should consider:

  • Propecia: It is an oral medication available in 5mg pills and taken once a day. You need a confidential prescription to use Propecia.
  • Rogaine: This is a topical solution ideal for men looking for an alternative to hair restoration procedure. The solution is applied twice a day to revitalize shrunk hair roots.
  • PRP/ACell: It is the most recent technology in hair loss treatment and is ideal for men and women. The procedure involves injecting blood platelets into thinning areas of the scalp to enhance follicular development.

What is the difference between Fue Hair Transplant and FUT hair transplant?

The primary difference between the two procedures is in the way hair follicles are extracted from the donor area. FUE hair transplant involves extracting the hairs individually using a minimally invasive device. FUT procedure, on the other hand, involves a quick hair removal that takes 15-30 minutes. The hair is then prepared for implantation into the recipient site.