ABOUT FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)

A receding hairline can age a person’s face while some may feel it can get them feeling ‘down’.

While there are medications and non-surgical therapy available to stop further hair loss, it does not restore what was lost.

A hair transplant will be able to restore the areas of lost hair and is a longer-lasting solution to the problem of hair loss.

KEY ADVANTAGES OF DR TAM’S FUE HAIR TRANSPLANTS

NATURAL-LOOKING RESULTS THROUGH NATURAL DIRECTION

Which direction is your hair pointing towards? Forward, to the left, or is there a slight change of direction on the right?

Dr Tam follows your natural hair direction as much as possible; because he knows that it’s only by following your biological direction that the most naturally looking hairline can be achieved – regardless of the direction of the wind.

Prior to your procedure, you will have the opportunity to discuss circumstances in which a cow-lick or rapid change of direction is undesirable, or counter productive to your hair’s coverage.

Higher Density Hairline  Illustration

HIGHER DENSITY WITH CUSTOMISED RECIPIENT SITES

When it comes to creating recipient sites for your grafts, one can use geneeric surgical tools, but since it is essential to match the size of the site as close as possible – both to the size of your grafts and even to the depth of the grafts – only a custom made incision tool can satisfy such necessity.

To ensure the closest match, an optimal one, Dr Tam hand-cuts each and every single one of the blades he uses, himself.

Not only will the site created by these custom blades fit your grafts perfectly, it also means that more incisions can be made in a given area without additional injury, enabling a higher density. In short, the final result is a denser hairline to look at in the mirror.

MINIMAL SIGNS OF THE FUE PROCEDURE

One of the keys to minimizing visible signs of the FUE procedure in the donor area, lies in the minute size of the surgical punch used, combined with an appropriate spacing between follicles.

The results are clear: minimal signs of scarring at the donor sites, allowing you the freedom to adopt various hairstyles, be it long or short.

Donor area healing is subject to individual healing characteristics. You may still see signs of FUE if you shave your hair off completely.

STEPS OF THE PROCEDURE

STEP 1-ARRIVAL & DISCUSSION

On the day of the procedure, you would typically arrive at around 8:30am, at which point Dr Tam will go through the treatment plan and area with you. Your before photos will be taken taken and your new hairline traced on the scalp. Once you are happy with the design and have consented to proceed, you will be ready for your Hair Transplant procedure.

STEP 2-Hair cut and Anaesthesia

The donor and recipient area is shaved short and anaesthesia will be administered to the scalp.

You may feel slight discomfort, but once the anaesthesia starts working, you won’t feel any pain from the procedure.

STEP 3-Extraction

You will lie face down during the extraction phase of the procedure. You will be awake and you are encouraged to listen to your own music and also use your mobile device(s). It is important to remember that Dr Tam is working on your scalp, so it is essential to stay still. This phase will usually last approximately 1-2 hours.

STEP 4-Recipient Sites

Once the extraction of the hair follicle from the donor area is completed, you will change your position to lying on your back. Anaesthesia will then be administered prior to the creation of recipient sites in the agreed area. This will usually last 45min-1.5 hours.

STEP 5-Placing

Following a short break after the recipient sites, you will then come back and have the hair follicles placed into to the recipient sites.

 

This phase is performed by the technician team under the instruction of Dr Tam. You will most likely be seated or lying at an angle.The placing usually takes approximately 1-2 hours. Once the placing is completed and Dr Tam does the required final checks, your procedure will be officially concluded and the team will go though the post-operative instructions with you before you are discharged.

STEP 6-Post-operative

A bandage is placed around the donor area and patients are free to go home directly after being discharged. You can expect some redness and slight swelling in the first five to seven days following treatment, after which there should be no more discomfort.

You will be physically able to go about your normal daily routines, although Dr Tam likes to recommend that you wait one to two weeks before going to the gym, and about four weeks to lift heavy weights.