The subject of hair transplant has grown in a widespread popularity among the people. One of the most favorable methods of hair transplanting is FUE or follicular unit extraction. This method may be addressed with a more common phrase of follicular transfer or TF. Subjects of this kind of transplant are best to be educated before undergoing this process to avoid any doubts, further complication and unexpected mishaps. This article discusses the exact definition of follicular unit extraction and its advantages and disadvantages.

What is follicular unit extraction?

There are generally two methods that address the issue of baldness or lack of healthy hair. It is either for general beauty purpose or in various health-related conditions such as third degree chemical or fire burns; this results in complete loss of the hair follicle.

FUE or FUT is one of the main methods that are incorporated in receiving the healthy hair follicle. The other method is known as strip harvesting, which is not considered in this article.

FUE targets the naturally occurring hair in larger numbers from the donor’s skin. The professional health care surgeon, extract each hair unit by cutting them out one by one.

The obtained hair follicles are used for FUT or follicular unit transplantation. This method transplants the healthy hair follicle in to the patience skin, consequently the healthy hair merges from the transplanted hair follicle. The success rate for each transplanted hair unit depends on the various factors such as; the general health of hair follicle, the health of skin and many more. Although, it is highly relevance to the skills of a practitioner.

Transcendence of the hair follicles is an obstacle in the process of the success rate. It may be a more time consuming method to extract the hair follicles one at the time; although this helps to ensure there are no visible scaring by reducing the incision size on the skin of donor.


Most of the patients are unaware of differences between various methods of hair transplant. Gathering complete understanding on the outcome, advantages and disadvantages can help for a better decision-making and awareness about the outcome as well as possible complications. Here are the advantages of follicular unit extraction advantages:

  • Smaller scar

As mentioned previously, the scar sizes of the hair transplants are inevitably smaller than other methods such as follicular unit transplant. Due to small scars, the skin texture has the ability of better healing. That consequently results in less visibility of scars. Some of the most reputable surgeon carry out this task in a way that there are very little to none scars visible after the skin’s complete healing.

  • Increased number of available grafts

Depending on various reasons, the availability of grafts may vary; it could be the health of skin and hair follicles, genetically makeup of the skin and many more. However, given the same circumstances, hair unit extraction methods can access to more grafts in contrast without extraction methods. The reason is that singular approach to the hair follicular extraction does not harm any healthy and viable follicles in other areas. Other methods may cut through a healthy follicle due to mass hair graft collection and decreasing the number of available grafts.

  • Fast healing

This method of hair transplanting can assist fast healing of the skin based on smaller cat. The skin shows allergic and inflammatory reaction to larger cuts and may even avoid acceptance of the new follicle. Although the smaller cuts can help to prevent such a state of shock for the skin consequently resulting in faster healing. It generally takes 3-4 days healing.

  • Increased success rate

There is a 3 percent rate of transection using this method. Based on the surgeon’s skills and other factors, it can be decreased to 2 percent as well. There fore the total number of grafts are calculable.

  • Donor friendly

This method does not require the donor to shave the head as well as there are no risk for the health of their scalp.

  • Hair growth

The transplanted hair grows in a natural direction and growth rate; unlike the other method that may impose an artificial hair growth. The patient can receive any type of hair cut both short and long due to its natural growth.

  • Professionally carried out

Surgeons in most of the clinics handle this method. Only about 20 percent of the times it is carried by technician. Due to sensitivity of its nature, it is highly recommended to be addressed by a surgeon.


  • Time consumption

Due to precision that comes along this kind of hair transplant, the process may be lengthy and time consuming. It is usually broken down to mini sessions though multiple sessions. This can be a wearisome procedure for both receiver and donor of transplanted follicles. This is to avoid any noticeable scars; whereas other translating methods use a wider range of hair follicle extractions at once.

  • Thinning of the hair follicle complex

Skin is unable to reproduce hair follicles if it is subjected to various hair unit extractions. Consequently, this results in hair follicle decreased density on a certain area of skin. Donors may experience thinning of the hair density after a multiple session of donation hair follicles.


  • It is best to avoid sports and heavy activities post hair unit extraction up to 4 to 5 days. This is to help to heal the affected area on the scalp both for donor and the receiver.
  • If the patient has been subjected to mal-growth of hair direction and unpleasant results, they can seek correction from a surgeon. Hair unit extraction method can ensure a healthy hair growth direction afterwards.
  • There is minimal pain involved in the procedure. If the patient is subjected to lower levels of pain tolerance index, it is best to be given light doses of painkillers.


Nowadays, popularity of hair transplant is increasing amongst Asian women. However, there is an ongoing debate over finding the best doctors available to execute this operation.

To find the most reliable hair restoration technique based upon the patient’s needs is to conduct extensive research. Dr Dionald Ng. is a well-reputed medical practitioner can help to avoid any visible scaring as well as make sure a high success rate for the hair transplant.

Dr. Donald Ng
MBBS (Singapore)

DR DONALD Ng, who runs Alaxis Medical and Aesthetic Surgery, has worked and trained with prominent doctors in Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and the United States.

Alaxis Medical and Aesthetic Surgery has a full suite of equipment with almost all varieties of the lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL), including acne scar laser, fractional laser, pigmentation laser, vascular laser, scar laser, facial rejuvenation laser and hair removal laser, with affordably priced and effective packages designed to help you look and feel more confident.

Approved by the Ministry of Health to perform all these procedures, Dr Ng also does JJ thread facelifts and fat transfer to the face and fillers for breast augmentation.