Will FUE Hair Transplant Surgery Damage Existing Hair?

Once you have decided to get a hair transplant, you may have some questions about the procedure itself. Some patients are concerned about causing damage to their natural hair. The great news is that with quality treatment, like follicular unit extraction (FUE), you do not have to worry about poor results.

At Aesthetic Scalp, our professionals specialize in helping patients understand every part of their FUE hair transplant in Chicago, IL. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah and board-certified physician Dr. Sameea Chughtai can carefully explain the benefits and risks of this hair loss solution when you visit our office for a consultation.

How FUE hair restoration works

FUE works by extracting individual follicular units from the donor area, then transplanting them to the front of the scalp to create your new hairline. Aesthetic Scalp uses the superior ARTASĀ® Robotic Hair Transplant system for this approach. One of the reasons we use this technology is because it is not only more accurate but also more comfortable for the patient.

People often choose FUE over FUT (follicular unit transplantation) because there is no need to remove a strip of skin from the donor area. This means patients do not get a noticeable linear scar as a result of FUE. FUE also allows your doctor to select the right follicles without disturbing or damaging the other surrounding follicles.

How we minimize hair loss and damage

The hair restoration specialists at Aesthetic Scalp take many measures to minimize follicle damage as much as possible. While our advanced tools and techniques are a significant part of the process, we also remind patients that taking care of your scalp after surgery is just as important as the operation itself. Our professionals will give you comprehensive aftercare instructions that should be followed closely to get the results you want. For example, scratching or picking at your scalp after your hair loss solution can have an adverse effect on the grafts as well as the final outcome.

About FUE recovery

Since your FUE hair transplant in Chicago is minimally invasive, stitches are not required. In fact, most people can return to their daily routines within several days. You may notice some scabbing, but these small scabs will flake off naturally during that time. Many of our patients only experience a mild amount of discomfort during recovery.

The new hair follicles should enter a resting phase two weeks after treatment, which lasts for about a month. At this time, you may notice your existing hair fall out and make room for your new hair. However, this is a normal and expected part of the process. If you have questions about the possibility of hair loss, reach out to our clinic, and we can address them.

Find your hair loss solution

So, does a hair transplant damage existing hair? While some people do experience some natural hair damage, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah and board-certified physician Dr. Sameea Chughtai do their best to make sure you have satisfying results from hair restoration. If you are interested in learning more about our safe and effective FUE hair transplant in Chicago, IL, contact Aesthetic Scalp for an assessment.