Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Extraction(FUE)
Hair Transplantation – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction involves the same process as Follicular Unit Transplant i.e. it also moves hair follicles from a part of the scalp called the donor site to a bald or balding part of the scalp called the recipient site. The only difference between the two procedures is the method used. In Follicular Unit Transplant, a strip of skin around ½ inch in width is cut out and the gap then stitched up. This often leads to a fair amount of pain, bleeding and scarring. In Follicular Unit Extraction, with the use of specially designed tools, each hair is removed individually. There is no stripping of the skin and thus the amount of pain and scarring in the FUE procedure is much less.
Steps Undertaken While Performing Follicular Unit Extraction
The doctor isolates the hair he wants to extract.
A special tool is inserted around the hair.
The hair is extracted.
The process is repeated to other selected hairs.
The extraction process is repeated.
The hair is implanted into the balding and/or
thinning areas of the scalp.
The doctor microscopically removes each
follicular unit one at a time.
View of donor area immediately after removing the
An example of follicular units removed.
Follicular units are then implanted in the thinning areas especially frontal areas which do not respond well to medically induced hair boosting.
After a successful implantation procedure, it may take between 3-6 months to see any signs of hair boosting.