Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is one of the two most commonly used Hair Transplant techniques. The technique gets its name from its unique hair extraction method in which – contrary to the strip method harvesting, in which a strip containing follicles is removed from the donor area – hair follicles are extracted one by one using a specially designed punch tool.
What is FUE harvesting?
In Follicular Unit Extraction the hair transplant surgeon takes out the hair follicles one by one using a punch tool. These follicles are collected in an artificial environment – mostly saline solution – which keeps them alive even outside and away from the body. Once enough follicles have been extracted, the surgeon then implants them into the recipient area – parts of the scalp from where the patient has lost hair.
How are the extracted follicles planted?
The plantation phase is the same as that for the conventional strip method transplant. First, the recipient site is prepared by poking small holes in the scalp and then the grafts are carefully placed in these holes. This creates a natural looking, thicker and denser hairline.
Who is the best candidate for FUE?
Anybody seeking a permanent solution for baldness or hair thinning can undergo FUE hair transplant. However, it is especially recommended to those:
- Who have less scalp elasticity
- Who does not want to get a linear scar at the donor site
- Who are interested I having fewer grafts, or naturally need few grafts
- Who have limited donor hair or want to take donor hair from any other part of the body
- Who has had an unsuccessful hair transplant using a conventional strip method technique
What makes FUE a better choice than FUT?
The best part about Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is that it does not involve cutting strips or making any other type of incisions at the scalp, so you will not end up with a prominent linear scar at the donor area. Some other benefits of FUE hair transplant are:
- It is less invasive
- It produces barely noticeable scars at the donor site
- It does not involve cutting and stitching the scalp
- You can keep short hair as well
- It involves shorter downtime
- It offers quick recovery
- It allows harvesting donor hair from any part of the body
Advancements in FUE Hair Transplant:
The continuous research in donor hair extraction techniques has made it possible to extract the hair follicles automatically instead of taking them out manually. This latest advancement in FUE is called Stem Cell FUE, in which a small instrument is used for automated extraction. Also known as a motorized punch or Direct Automated FUE allows extracting more grafts in minimum time, thus saving much of the surgeon’s time and effort. The best thing about automated FUE is that it allows pulling out a small part of the follicle while a major part of the follicle remains in the skin. This allows new hair growth from the same follicle.
The bottom line:
Regardless of which technique or combination of techniques your surgeon uses, your outcome depends on the surgical skills and experience of your hair transplant surgeon as well as on how aesthetically the grafts have been placed. Another factor that plays a vital role in determining the success of the surgery is the health of the donor’s hair. An experienced surgeon can better guide you in this regard.
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