FUE-Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular unit extraction, referred simply as FUE, is a method of hair transplant surgery that manually removes individual hair follicles from the patient’s scalp. After extraction, the hairs are implanted to bald or thinning areas around the head.
Follicular unit extraction is a method used for hair transplants to give patients with balding or thinning hair a naturally thicker appearance. Unlike more invasive methods such as follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, this method does not require the removal of a donor strip of scalp to extract individual follicles. Also doesn’t leave scarring. The FUE technique is performed manually, from extraction to implantation, by our own Hair Transplant Specialist and her team. Newer methods such as Micro FUE, automatizes parts of the FUE procedure for quicker treatments and less error.
Before the extraction of the follicles begins, the scalp is first shaved, to provide the doctor with better visualization, this way we prevent over-harvest of the areas. The donor area is then cleansed and anesthetized with a local anesthetic. During the procedure, one of two extraction methods is used: manual punch or micro motor. The manual punch technique uses a dull tip that is less likely to transect the follicles and the tip guides the follicles into the lumen of the punch. This allows for a deeper level of dissection, thereby decreasing manipulation and the force needed for graft extraction. The micro motor technique limits the depth of the punch insertion in order to avoid follicle transection and provides a more consistent graft. Your hair transplant surgeon will decide what technique is best for your individual needs.
Note: In our clinic, we include one Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) session during the hair transplant operation. This will significantly influence the engraftment process ensuring the maximum regrowth result.
During the procedure, 2.000-4.500 grafts are implanted into a particular area on the scalp. Our surgeon will be careful to avoid over-harvesting donor areas so as not to cause the body to experience telogen effluvium, a reversible form of temporary hair loss caused by physical or emotional stress.
Follicular unit extraction seeks to reverse hair loss created by thinning hair, bald spots, and receding hairlines. It leaves no linear scars after the operation, heals quickly and is completely painless.
Following the FUE hair transplant surgery, avoid activities that causes excessive sweating such as cardio exercise for at least one month and heavy lifting for at least 60 days. Steam rooms, saunas, and other similar activities should also be avoided. Do not drink any alcohol for at least 1 week after the operation to ensure quick healing. Be cautious, do not touch or comb any areas that received grafts, as they will be sensitive.
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