Advanced hair transplant methods such as the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique provide improved results for those suffering from extreme hair loss. Dr. Hayes Gladstone of Gladstone Clinic is proud to offer the follicular unit extraction procedure to the residents of San Ramon, San Francisco, Pleasanton and the surrounding communities in California.

What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?

A follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure is one in which a small number of hair follicles are removed one by one from a donor area and then placed into a location where thinning strands or baldness is occurring. Very precise methods of placement are used, ensuring the transplanted hair blends well with surrounding ones. FUE provides unparalleled results when compared to other treatments.

Under local anesthesia, grafts of between one and four hair follicles are removed and then individually examined under a microscope. This allows Dr. Gladstone to determine the best location to place each unit in order to provide you with the most natural appearance possible.

Benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction

Those who have successfully undergone a follicular unit extraction report they noticed little or no discomfort during the procedure. The fact that individuals have greater control over the finished results also leads to a high rate of satisfaction, as 97 percent of Real Self patients report their procedure was worth it.

Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Follicular Unit Extraction?

Anyone who has thinning hair or bald spots can undergo FUE as long as there is enough hair in another part of the scalp to use for transplants.

What Do I Need to Do Before a Follicular Unit Extraction?

Limit your use of blood thinners or beta-blocking medications as directed by Dr. Gladstone. Avoid cutting your hair or shaving your head for at least two weeks leading up to your procedure. This will ensure that you are able to cover the donor area as inconspicuously as possible.

How Long Does it Take to Perform a Follicular Unit Extraction?

That will depend upon the number of hair grafts being removed and transplanted. Dr. Gladstone will provide you with a more accurate timeframe once he has determined how many are needed.

What to Expect After a Follicular Unit Extraction

You may feel slightly groggy from your anesthesia, which is why we recommend having someone drive you home and provide assistance around the house for a day or so. You may experience light headaches or other discomfort, and if so, the use of an over-the-counter medication containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen can ease your symptoms. Keep any bandages in place for at least 24 hours, and avoid getting your stitches wet for a day or so as well.

Will I Have Scars After Getting Follicular Unit Extraction?

Some scarring is likely; however, your scars will be covered by new hair growth and will therefore not be visible.

When Will I See the Results?

It takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for new hair to grow in the transplanted follicles. You may feel as though this is a very long process, but be patient as it will all be worth it in the end.

How Long Will the Results of a Follicular Unit Extraction Procedure Last?

Congratulations – the results of your FUE procedure are permanent!

How Much Does Follicular Unit Extraction Cost in San Ramon?

Making treatment affordable is our primary concern, which is why we offer a number of payment options that include cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards. Qualified patients may obtain financing through:

  • Lending Club® Patient Solutions
  • CareCredit®
  • Alphaeon™ Credit

We also accept most major forms of insurance. Our staff is always happy to work with you and your insurance company to determine if any benefits are available and then come up with a plan for paying any remaining balance.

Gladstone Clinic is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers services emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of San Ramon, San Francisco, Pleasanton and the surrounding communities in California. Please contact us today to schedule a follicular unit extraction consultation!