The internet is full of information about FUE hair transplant, but many people still wonder, what FUE hair transplant is. In the following lines, I will explain the procedure in its simplest form. If you remain with me until the end of this page, I guarantee that you will know all the basic information you need to know about this method.
Is FUE, a hair transplantation method?
I would say – no. Hair transplant has two phases, extraction of hair follicles from the donor site and planting them to the recipient site. FUE method has more to do with the extraction of donor hair follicles. If you listen at its name (follicular unit extraction), my point will become clearer. As far as the second phase, plantation, is concerned, it is the same in all types of hair transplant procedures.
Comparison with strip removal method
FUE is replacing strip removal method. A little comparison of both methods will make it clearer. In strip removal, a strip like portion of the scalp is surgically removed from the back of the head. This strip contains thousands of hair follicles, needed for plantation. Before plantation however, these hair follicles are separated into individual hair grafts.
On the contrary, FUE method does not remove large part of the skin. It is like plucking your single hair with your fingers – only that FUE plucks hair along with its root. A small tool is uses to extract individual hair together with their roots. It is that simple!
Benefits of FUE
This variation in extracting hair has certain benefits over its contender, strip removal method. Here are some important benefits of FUE.
Minimally invasive: As you have already noticed, it is less invasive than removing a strip of scalp from the back of your head.
Ability to harvest hair follicles from body: A major benefit of FUE is its ability to harvest hair follicles from different body parts like chest and legs. In fact, it can harvest donor hair follicles from any part of the body.
Less scarring: There is minimal scarring in this method. While strip removal method produces a long linear scar, this method produces tiny pinhole scars.
Less downtime: There is less downtime, less swelling, and almost no stiffness of the neck. You can go to your work on the next day if you prefer.
We hope you can now fully understand this follicle extraction method. You can contact our experts for customized advice regarding your hair situation.