Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular Unit Extraction

FUE

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is known as a technique in which each follicular unit is extracted from the donor area by punch excision and then transplanted into the recipient area. The extraction process is done by a punch is usually less than 1 mm in diameter without damaging the follicular unit’s anatomic integrity.

The follicular units are harvested directly from the donor area, using a punch and thereby eliminating the need for strip excision. Goes back years to before 2000 (1), the definition and application of the technique in literature, became available after the studies, done by Rossmand and his friends in 2002.After this date, this technique has been known as FUE (2)

 

The technique, brings very promising advantages, compared to strip excision technique, such as less post-operative pain, more rapid surgical recovery and most especially leaving no scar in the donor area, aroused interest among hair transplantation surgeons very quickly.

 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive hair transplant technique in which follicular units are individually removed from the patient's donor area and individually transplanted to the recipient (thinning) area. The grafts are removed using an automated or manual extraction tool and then placed in the recipient area. No linear scar is left and no stitches are needed.

Just like with the traditional FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or Strip method, FUE uses the harvesting of follicular units containing one to four hair follicles which are then transplanted to the areas of the scalp where more hair is needed. The follicular units are individually placed utilizing the time-tested Bosley process of natural graft placement. Natural graft placement ensures that the recreated hairline is tailored to the patient's hair-growth pattern to look and feel natural.

 

Difference between FUE and FUT

Follicular Unit Extraction is different from the traditional FUT hair replacement procedure, in one key way: follicular units are individually removed directly from the scalp in FUE, whereas in FUT, follicular units are microscopically extracted from tissue that has already been removed from the donor area.

 

How Follicular Unit Extraction is Performed

During the FUE hair transplantation procedure, individual follicular unit grafts are excised one at a time using a tiny one millimeter in diameter (or less) instrument. The device is used to make a tiny punch (circular incision) in the skin around the follicular unit to isolate the graft. The graft is then extracted directly from the scalp and prepared for implantation.

Typically, the patient's hair in the donor area where these grafts are being removed is clipped, cut short or almost shaved so that the physician is able to optimally visualize the patient's scalp.

The tiny incisions left behind after the follicle units are extracted heal completely in a few days. The tiny apertures contract as they heal, making the resulting round incision marks barely detectable.

 

Benefits of FUE

  • No Scalpel incision = No Linear Scar
  • No Stitches - Donor area appears mostly unchanged
  • Faster Recovery time - Little or no downtime (most patients return to work next day)
  • State of the art minimally invasive hair restoration technique


FUE incorporates the latest minimally invasive technology and advanced grafting techniques. However, FUE is not for everybody and not always preferred by everybody. FUT remains the preferred method of hair transplantation for most patients. Only your physician can help you determine which technique is best for you.

 

Best Candidates for FUE

  • Those who want to wear their hair short
  • Those who do not want a linear scar
  • Those with limited donor supply or scalp elasticity
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