What is a FUE Hair Transplant?

What is a FUE Hair Transplant?

Hair transplants are a developing field which only began to gain acceptance in the 1950’s with the relatively primitive “plug” technique.  It was not until the 1980’s the Follicle Unit Transfers became popular and it was into this century before the now dominant technique of Follicle Unit Extraction began to become popular.


What is a Follicle Unit Extraction hair transplant?

A Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE hair transplant involves harvesting individual follicles. These can contain anything between 1 to 4 hairs. Units are extracted from the harvesting point using punches of between 0.6mm and 1.0mm in diameter.

Once sufficient hair has been extracted to cover the balding region, the surgeon will then add the hair back to the scalp.  This is done using either very small micro blades or fine needles to puncture the sites for receiving the grafts

Before the surgery begins the doctor will figure out the placing, density and pattern for the newly implanted hair aligning the wounds to create a realistic hair pattern.


What are the advantages of FUE surgery hair surgery?

FUE surgery is more time consuming that FUT surgery but generally gives better results. The surgery can take place in one long session or multiple small sessions.   This is all dependent on the number of transplants and transplant sites, as well as the surgeon's experience, speed in harvesting and patient characteristics.

It can take anywhere from a couple of hours to extract 200 grafts to a surgery over two consecutive days for up to 3,000 grafts

FUE has a number of advantages including

  • Very natural results
  • No need for large areas of scalp tissue to be harvested
  • No linear incision on the back of the head and it doesn't leave a linear scar
  • Only small, puncture scars remain visible
  • Post-surgical pain and discomfort is
  • No stitch removal
  • Full recovery in less than 7 days


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