Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE can be described as extracting follicular units one at a time with a 0.9mm electronic instrument. In both procedures the grafts are implanted identically into the recipient area.
The advantages of an FUE are as follows:
- Reduced recovery times.
- No linear incision and no linear scar.
- Able to wear shorter hair styles.
- Patients who have had multiple procedures and cannot be harvested with traditional methods.
- Patients who need to cover wide scars by adding hair into the scars.
- Minimally Invasive
Disadvantages of an FUE are as follows:
- A FUE usually takes longer than a traditional strip method.
- FUE procedures limit the amount of grafts that can be harvested at one time.
- There is a potential for small white dotting in the areas of extraction.
- The cost of a FUE is usually higher than a traditional strip surgery.
FUE can be broken down into 3 distinct sub-procedures.
1. Extractions during FUE:
During an extraction, the follicular units are harvested from the donor region which is usually the back and the sides of the scalp. The donor area and its follicular units are not as susceptible to genetically related male pattern baldness. The extraction process does take time and should be performed by a skilled person in order to achieve a good growth rate.
Usually the extraction process will take approximately 4 hours and typically from 8AM to 12PM at our clinic. The patient will sit upright and watch movies, listen to music or chat.
The tools involved in FUE are quite small. We typically use a 0.9mm circular punch that is attached to a motorized handle.
2. Site creation or incisions:
The second part of a FUE procedure is creating the places to insert the follicular units for transplant. Dr. Woessner will take between 30 minutes to an hour to carefully design your hair transplant . The follicular units must be set into the scalp at exactly the right depth, angle and location to achieve a completely natural and aesthetically satisfying appearance without damaging the patient’s pre-operative hair.
3. Placing the grafts into the scalp:
This part of the procedure may last for 3 to 4 hours or more and it depends on the amount of follicular units that are extracted or dissected under the microscope. The technicians must treat the grafts for what they are: tiny, living organs which can produce a natural appearing and artistic hair transformation.
Pre & Post-Op Instructions