What Is FUE Surgery?
FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant surgery is far less invasive than traditional strip surgery. There is no use of scalpel or staples or sutures. FUE is far better described as a “procedure” than as a “surgery.” With this technique the donor area is shaved down to the skin so the individual follicular units (FU’s) are exposed. Once the individual follicular units are visible, we can cherry-pick the most ideal FU’s to be extracted. Usually the units with the most follicles are chosen for removal. This allows us to maximize the number of follicles per graft excised. The average number of follicles per graft is considerably greater with this technique than with traditional strip harvesting and microscopic dissection.
Once each follicular unit is extracted it is passed on to technicians so that each graft is then trimmed of excess tissue and rendered to be the perfect size for our custom recipient sites. There are multiple modifications possible with the FUE technique such as unshaven FUE, where only the follicular units to be extracted are shaven and the surrounding hair is left longer. In this way the entire donor site appears unchanged with no evidence of a procedure apparent. This technique takes longer but offers the advantage of complete undetectability and is suitable for individuals requiring zero postoperative downtime.
While the term FUE seems quite specific – in fact it has been used to describe any extraction technique that does not involve a scalpel. Any size punch will qualify, be it sharp, dull, manual or motorized.
The longer the punch, the greater the trauma to the scalp and the increased likelihood of donor scarring. Since the whole concept of FUE is to reduce the amount of visible scarring, the use of large punches may actually increase the amount of scarring in the harvest area. As a general rule small, sharp manual punches are able to produce graphs with the least possible trauma to both the graft and the donor area.
The most advanced technique in hair transplantation is the FUE technique.
Today, people experiencing hair loss can be provided with natural looking hair with the latest modern technique FUE, the gold standard of hair restoration.
The main difference of using the FUE technique for hair transplantation, is that it leaves no scars and its recovery time is shorter. The success of the operations has also increased as a consequence of the advances in medical devices utilized in the FUE technique. FUE technique can be performed with a variety of different instruments. As a consequence of this, the technique is known with a few different names.
Hair Transplant Basics
Individuals aged between 18 and 75 years can undergo a hair transplant surgery.
The patient who will undergo a hair transplant surgery will only need 3 days for pre-operative preperation and for recovering.
Although the duration of surgery varies according to the number of grafts that will be transplanted, it usually lasts about 6 to 8 hours.
In order to respond to possible complications, the operation must be conducted in a fully-equipped hospital.
A hair transplant procedure is performed with a doctor and at least 3 medical technicians.
It may take around 6 to 18 months to see the final outcome of hair growth. Starting from the day following the operation, the patient can expect to see hair growth until the 18'th month.
6 Steps of Hair Transplation Process:
Step 1 Consultation: Operation Plan & Hairline Design
Step 2 Preparation: Haircut & Local Anesthesia
Step 3 Extraction: Extracting hair follicles from donor areas
Step 4 Incision: Opening channels for transplantation
Step 5 Transplantation: Implanting hair follicles to affected area
Step 6 Post Operative Procedures: Cleaning & PRP