FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

The main advantage of the FUE is the way in which the follicular units are extracted. With the FUE technique the follicles are extracted one by one with millimetric instruments, which do not leave visible scars in the scalp and allows the patient to use short-cropped hairstyle. Moreover, there are no stitches, bandages or pads such that the postoperative phase is nice and painless.

No. The procedure is performed in an operation room especially prepared for this type of surgery and the patient leaves on the same day (one day clinic).

No. The anesthesia applied is only local.

Usually the patient does not feel any pain after surgery. Sometimes (very seldom) he or she may present a slight discomfort which gives way under common painkillers.

Unfortunately not. There are cases where the hair transplantation is not an option. That is why a prior medical evaluation is of the most importance.

In a general way, if the patient is healthy and presents a good donor area he or she is potentially a candidate to hair transplantation. Although medical evaluation is essential to investigate alterations that may be leading to hair loss and to properly confirm the indication for hair transplantation.

Normally we recommend resting for the 2 days following surgery. In spite of this there is no counter indication to the immediate return to routine activities, provided it does not imply physical strain.

The transplanted hair will come from zones that are not subject to the action of DHT (the hormone responsible for hair loss), thus it is permanent

We recommend to avoid applying chemicals to the hair during the first 45-60 days following the surgery. After this period the patient may return to his or her normal routine as far as hair care is concerned. For other care, we offer a postoperative kit to our patients. This kit is based on the characteristics of each patient and customized to the needs thereof.

It is, however, important to point out that the continuous usage of chemicals on the hair, as well as the frequent traction exerted during brushing and some hair styling may damage the hair and cause hair loss whether the hair was transplanted or not. 

No, provided a prior evaluation is carried out by an experienced physician.

No. The artificial look seen in some surgeries is due to the fact that the hair was implanted in straight lines (which does not exist in nature) and to the usage of follicular units of 3 or more hairs on the hairline (front line of hair) giving the bundled look. Current techniques allow the result to be aesthetically satisfactory and natural looking.

Yes. Basic analyses include blood analysis and electrocardiogram (ECG). However, the examining physician may require additional analyses if deemed necessary.

Yes, this is possible. However, we do not recommend the use of body hair because the the hair cycles as the quality of hair (thickness, colour) is different  which might compromise the final result of the surgery.

No. Because the transplanted hair is extracted from the patient himself so there is no risk of rejection.

Every time there is an incision, a there is a healing process. Because the incisions are millimetric, the resulting scars will be tiny white dots (less than 0.5mm in diameter) on the zones from where the follicular units were extracted. These white dots are virtually invisible to the naked eye, which allows the patient to use a short hairstyle.

Results are progressive. It starts showing from the 4th month and the final result is visible as early as the 10th month after surgery.

Yes. It is common practice to transplant hair from the head onto other parts of the body such as beard, moustache, sideburns, eyebrows, chest and pubis.

We do ask the patients to come to surgery with his or her usual hairstyle. This allows us to evaluate the patient’s hair behaviour and its coverage area. Immediately before the procedure it is cropped short at the donor area. It can also be totally cropped or in thin bands that blend among normal hair. Ultimately, only the hair surgeon can evaluate what is more effective for each case.

The first step is to choose a physician hair surgeon that has extensive experience in this field and verify whether the operating room is certified for this type of procedure. After that the patient should arrange an appointment for medical evaluation so that his or her case is discussed and a treatment plan that fits his case is developed.