FUE Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of donor harvesting, removing follicular units one by one precisely from the scalp. This is what differentiates the FUE procedure from a traditional Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). In FUT the donor hair is removed from the scalp in one thin, long strip and then sutured or stapled.
In FUE, a hollow needle punch is used to make a small, circular incision in the skin around a follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. The unit is then extracted directly from the donor area, leaving a small open hole.
This process is repeated until the surgeon has harvested enough follicular units for the planned hair restoration.
Because FUE does not leave a linear scar, it may be appropriate for patients who want to wear their hair very short. It is also an advantage for those involved in very strenuous activities, such as professional athletes, who must resume these activities very soon after their procedure.
This method is useful for those who have healed poorly from traditional strip harvesting or who have a very tight scalp. FUE also allows the surgeon to potentially remove hair from parts of the body other than the donor scalp, such as the beard or trunk, although there are many limitations with this process.
One of the best advantages of this application is to camouflage a linear donor scar from a prior hair transplant procedure. A small amount of hair is extracted from the area around a linear donor scar and then placed directly into it.
The complete door area is shaved to provide maximum viewing for the surgeon to extract the follicles and prepped for the removal.
Once the donor area has been numbed, the surgeon start the extractions. 1500 FUE were removed. No stitches, no sutures, no glue! FUE eliminates the major discomfort that patients have after a strip method transplant.
Once all the units have been removed a bandage is placed on the donor area. The shaved hair grows in and covers within 1 week. After 7 months the small incisions sites are not noticeable even upon close inspection.