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Follicular Unit Extraction FUE

Follicular Unit Extraction FUE is a hair transplant technique in which follicular units are taken directly from the donor (generally the back of the head) area. The grafts are then transplanted into the recipient (balding) area. FUE is different from the traditional FUT in which follicular units are extracted one follicular unit (of single grouping of hair) without having to cut a long strip of tissues from the donor site. The individual follicular unit grafts are excised one at a time using a tiny one millimeter in diameter (or less) instrument. The device makes a small circular incision about the size of 1 millimeter or less on the skin around the follicular unit, which heals in a few days or less. The donor site is typically the scalp but the chest or beard area can also be potential donor sites. The extracted graft is then threaded to an implanter which is then directly transplanted to the recipient area.

Best Candidates for Follicular Unit Extraction

All hair restoration patients are generally better candidates for the less invasive FUE technique, however in some cases FUT (or strip surgery) is never an option and FUE or ARTAS robotic surgery would always be preferred. These include: patients with inherently limited donor supply, patients with less scalp elasticity, patients with poor donor areas from too many previous FUT surgeries, or patients who have a need or desire to wear their hair short. Because FUT strip surgery leaves a generally large scar, these patients should avoid strip surgery and opt for FUE or ARTAS Robotic surgery.