FUE Hair Transplant: Follicular Unit Extraction

Hair transplantation surgery has dramatically evolved over the subsequent the last five decades. Throughout the evolution of hair transplant surgery, techniques have come and techniques have discarded. Today, single strip excision with stereomicroscopic dissection of the excised strip remains the most common type of hair transplant surgery performed according to a 2013 ISHRS practice survey. In the last decade, however, a refinement of an outdated punch extraction technique, now referred to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is becoming more popular, and hair transplant surgery has never been the same.

The Process:

FUE is a surgical technique that removes individual hair or follicular units, “one at a time” from the posterior donor harvesting site. This method of hair transplantation is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using small circular punches ( 1.0 mm) to remove the individual follicular units from the back of the scalp, and then reimplanting the harvested follicular units back into the scalp in the balding recipient areas.

FUE hair transplantation requires the surgeon to possess higher skill sets in order to perform the procedure successfully, and this technique consistently yields successful outcomes in terms of hair density, natural-looking hairline, and it eliminates donor linear scarring. Other patient concerns are that it is not easy procedure to perform by the surgeon, and it requires the patient to ethically consider the alternative single strip excision technique because of prolonged harvesting time, and a very short hair cut required by the patient when harvesting grafts.

FUE hair transplantation is generally pursued for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. This genetic hair loss condition results in balding of the crown, frontal hairline, and temple points. The essence of the good though is, with an experience hair surgeon the benefits from Follicular Unit Extraction results in a natural hairline.