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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a technique of extracting, or “harvesting,” individual follicle units by punching around the follicles unit. In an FUE procedure, the surgeon will make a small, circular punch in the skin around a follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. The unit is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp, leaving a small punch defect of point 8/9 millimeter which heals in few days leaving tiny white scars buried in the hair in the back and sides of the scalp.
This process of follicular separation is repeated until the surgeon has harvested sufficient follicular units for the planned hair restoration. This process can last two or more hours and, in longer sessions, may be accomplished over two stages. This method of donor harvesting is what differentiates the FUE procedure from a traditional Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), where the donor’s 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 using a fine needle-point instrument. The follicular units are then with outmost care and precision are 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 only difference is the quality and quantity of grafts obtained with each technique.
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is a hair transplant method widely used to give hair loss patient great hair coverage. In this process individual the surgeon will make precise cuts on the follicular unit and then the extracted hair taken from the donor area is planted in the area where there is less hair or balding. In just one sitting surgeon to extract 4000 grafts which can give an individual lot of hair coverage.