FUE hair transplants - what is it?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive method of extracting, or harvesting, donor hair for transplantation in a follicular unit hair transplant. A FUE hair transplant is the latest and best way to regain your lost hair.
The hair extraction from permanent hair areas of the scalp is repeated until enough follicular units for the planned hair restoration are extracted. This process can take several hours and, in large sessions, may be accomplished over two or more consecutive days. The donor wounds, approximately 1-mm or less in size, completely heal over the course of seven to ten days.
This method of donor harvesting, removing follicular units one-by-one directly from the scalp, is what differentiates the FUE procedure from a traditional Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), where the donor hair is removed from the scalp in one thin, long strip and then subsequently dissected into individual follicular units using a stereo-microscope.
After the grafts are harvested, tiny recipient sites are made in the balding area of the scalp. The follicular units are then placed into the recipient sites where they will grow into healthy hair-producing follicles. The creation of recipient sites and the placing of follicular unit grafts are essentially the same in both FUE and FUT procedures. The difference lies in the minimally invasive nature of FUE with rapid healing and abscence of big scars.