What you need to know about FUE Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is a permanent solution for hair loss with natural-looking results. It involves shaving hair on the sides and the back of your head and moving them onto the thinning or balding area to fill the gaps. A much more sophisticated and less invasive approach for hair transplantation includes follicular unit extraction (FUE).

Whether you’re considering having follicular unit extraction in the Philippines or other hair transplant procedures in Manila, getting a hair transplant is a major life decision. To save you from a ton of misinformation out there, below are some of the most important details you need to know about FUE hair transplants.

What are the Common Causes of Hair Loss?

There are varying causes of hair loss. It can be linked to genetics, age, hormonal imbalance, nutrient deficiency, stress, medication, among other things.

The most frequent cause of hair loss worldwide is hereditary. In men, it’s called:

Male Pattern Baldness

This hair loss is associated with male sex hormones called androgens and usually occurs later in life. Receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown are often seen on its patients.

An autoimmune disease can also lead to hair loss, including:        

Alopecia Areata

In this case, the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles instead of defending them, causing hair loss. The hair usually falls out in coin-sized patches from the scalp, but it can also happen in other areas of the body, such as the beard and eyelashes.  

What is FUE?

Follicular unit extraction, also known as FUE, is a modern and minimally invasive hair restoration for hair loss, receding hairline, hair thinning and balding. In MHRC, when harvesting via the FUE procedure, we normally target grafts that have two – four or more hairs per graft and placing them elsewhere in the scalp, usually in the balding area.

FUE is becoming popular, including follicular unit transplantation (FUT) In FUE Procedure, it will leave patient with small minute scars that blends with your own hair. The two hair transplant procedures have different approaches but aim at the same goal. With FUE, the hair follicles are taken individually, while FUT takes an entire strip of the scalp along with its hair follicles.

How Does FUE Work?

FUE works by replacing the old follicle with new ones that are capable to grow hair. The blood vessels will nourish the new hair follicles to grow healthy, treating hair loss.

The procedure requires skill and precision to get the best result. At the hair transplant clinic, the doctor will:

  • shave off the hair on the donor site where follicle will be extracted
  • create tiny holes in the receiving scalp and graft the follicles onto them

What To Do Before FUE Hair Transplant?

Before your FUE procedure, your surgeon may ask you to do the following:

  • Eat breakfast before arriving at the clinic.
  • Schedule specific laboratory tests before the procedure. Message us for the specific laboratory tests needed.
  • Start with the Pineapple-papaya regimen
  • Wash your hair the night before or on the day of the procedure
  • Wear comfortable clothes on the day of the procedure for easy access like T-shirt, button down, shorts, jogging pants etc.

What To Expect After FUE Surgery?

You can expect minimal downtime from FUE hair transplants. There may be some mild bruising, swelling, and other discomforts. Scabs may fall off after ten (10) days. There are no scars in the transplant area. The donor scars will be red after the scabs fall off, but as your hair grows out, it will be covered naturally.

Your aftercare instructions may include:

  • Do not wash or shower your hair for at least 3 days.
  • Apply mild and unscented shampoos within a few weeks once you begin washing your hair.
  • After a few days, you can soak your hair in the shower with lukewarm water and start using the bristle side of the brush to start removing the scabs.
  • You can go outside or go back to work the next day or so and just wear a cap for protection.
  • If there is swelling, continue with using ice pack and eat pineapple and papaya.
  • Avoid heavy or strenuous activities for at least a week. 

Are There Risks and Side Effects?

FUE hair restoration has minimal scarring. The only marks are the tiny white dots from the follicle extraction, which may fade over time.

Having side effects from FUE are uncommon, but see your doctor if your notice the following:

  • infection
  • pain, itching, or swelling
  • folliculitis or follicle swelling
  • bleeding
  • numbness
  • growing of hairs that look dissimilar from other hairs around it


Often, the recovery experience from FUE hair transplant is quick and relatively painless. During the healing process, you may notice some hair fall but this is normal. You may see the results after a few months or so. 


Follicular unit extraction is an innovative hair transplant procedure that has been known and successfully performed worldwide with great results. Since the method itself is less invasive, FUE offers fuller, healthier hair than older methods. When done right, FUE gives permanent results.

Find The Right Hair Plant Clinic

A successful FUE hair transplant largely depends on finding the right provider. Before you give the surgery a go, make sure that your surgeon has years of experience with good records – research is the key.

Planning to look for a hair transplant clinic? Manzanares Hair Restoration Center is one of the most respected hair transplant facilities worldwide. The clinic is headed by the U.S.-trained hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Frank Manzanares, who has been performing hair transplant surgeries for over 32 years. To book for an appointment, contact us at (+632) 8706 1698. You may also email us the photos showing the front, sides and back of your head, so we can give you a pre-assessment.