FUE HAIR RESTORATION
How does it work?
What is FUE Hair Restoration?
FUE is a hair transplant technique in which a small round punch is used to extract units of hair follicles from an area of dense hair growth to an area of baldness. Each of these units contains one to four hairs.
Though the abbreviation ‘FUE’ is commonly known to stand for Follicular Unit Extraction, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) recently determined that the procedure would be renamed ‘Follicular Unit Excision’.
How is it different?
With strip surgery – the old fashioned way of transplanting hair, also known as Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT- a strip of donor tissue is removed from the back of the head (where hair loss is not present) and trimmed under magnification into individual follicular unit grafts.
FUT surgery is usually more suitable for larger areas of baldness as up to 3,000 grafts can be transplanted at one time, as long as there is an adequate supply from the patient. However, FUT requires longer healing time post-surgery and a large scar will remain across the scalp which can be hidden by longer hair.
The specialized tool used in FUE allows the surgeon to remove hair from the skin without causing damage (no strip is cut). FUE hair transplantation is minimally-evasive and therefore the scalp heals faster. A patient will often show no visible signs ten days after surgery.
Am I a candidate for FUE?
Men with mild to moderate levels of baldness will be suitable for FUE. The amount of hair transplanted was limited in the early days of FUE, but now up to 7,000 hairs can be extracted in one procedure.
The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to schedule a consultation with a hair restoration expert. They will be able to determine which direction is right for your specific situation.
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