Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) has developed into a popular method for hair transplants. While it is similar to Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) because they both transplant hair from a donor area and transplant it in the specific areas. The FUE method is a different form from the standard FUT method as it requires more time but it offers a better option depending on your needs.
These two hair transplant procedures have some major differences. FUE doesn’t leave the patient with a horizontal scar in the donor area that you have with the FUT method. This is because each hair graft is removed individually and not in a strip. An eight hour session may only transplant half the grafts that you with typically get using the FUT method. A single FUE session results in roughly 1,000 to 1,500 individual hair follicle grafts being transplanted.
FUE is ideal and has many advantages such as:
- Great for patients who healed poorly from traditional strip harvesting method.
- Helps patients who had numerous hair transplant procedure done in the past.
- No linear scarring or stitches, allowing you to wear your hair short
- Achieves a more natural look
- Only the healthy and strong follicles are transplanted
- Less pain and no missed days of work
- Initial healing takes only two to four days
- Sport activities can be resumed after one week
Because there are fewer hair follicles that are harvested and then re-transplanted in a single session, the FUE requires a much less recovery period and it can be performed on consecutive days to give you the desired hair density that you are looking for. A patient that undergoes FUE will typically see the results from the procedure within six months from the initial procedure.
What has made the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method so popular? It is the surgeon implants each individual hair instead of transplanting strips of hair. Because of this, you get the highest known quality of hair transplantation.
What does an FUE procedure involve?
When a patient undergoes FUE, they are administered anesthetic. The surgeon uses a microscope and a micro-needle to make very small circular incision around the follicular unit in order to extract each hair. This is why you don’t get the long linear scar that you do with FUT. With each hair to be transplanted is extracted individually, this is why it is a time-consuming procedure. The hairs are then inserted into the recipient’s location. Up to 1,500 hair grafts are transplanted in a single session. It takes three or four sessions to complete. Patients have the flexibility to reschedule into a few sessions depending on the patient’s schedule and preference. With FUE the end result is an increase in hair density that look natural and because it is your own natural hair it grows just like it always has. When your hair grows in you can comb it, wash it, do all the physical activities you enjoy doing and never fearing that your hair won’t continue to look great.