FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplantation technique used to treat hair loss or baldness. It is one of the two primary methods of hair transplant surgery, with the other being Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

In FUE, individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area of the patient’s scalp and transplanted into the recipient area where hair is thinning or absent. The donor area is usually the back or sides of the head, where the hair is more resistant to balding. The extraction is done using a specialized instrument, such as a micro punch or a robotic device, which creates tiny circular incisions around each follicular unit to remove them.

The main advantage of FUE over FUT is that it does not require a linear incision or stitching, resulting in minimal scarring. Instead, FUE leaves tiny puncture marks that typically heal and become almost invisible over time. 

FUE also allows for more flexibility in terms of the number and placement of grafts, making it suitable for patients who prefer shorter hairstyles or have limited donor hair available. However, FUE is a more time-consuming and labor-intensive procedure compared to FUT. Since individual follicles are extracted one by one, it requires meticulous precision and expertise from the surgeon and their team. The success of FUE depends on the skill of the surgeon in extracting intact grafts and the suitability of the patient’s donor area for transplantation.

After the FUE procedure, the transplanted hair follicles go through a healing process, and new hair growth begins within a few months. The results are typically natural-looking and permanent since the transplanted hair retains its genetic resistance to balding.

It’s important to consult with a qualified and experienced hair transplant surgeon to determine if FUE is the most suitable option for your specific hair loss condition and goals. They can evaluate your individual circumstances and provide personalized advice on the best approach for your situation.

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