Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
One way to treat hair loss is by getting a hair transplant, or follicular unit extraction (FUE). It is a complex and lengthy procedure that requires an expert with a lot of experience. It often gives good results, and is less painful with fewer side effects than the “strip” procedure.
The FUE procedure extracts follicular units from the back of the patient’s head with surgical tools. That hair is then transplanted to balding or thinning areas on the scalp. The doctor will remove small follicular units which contain a few hairs. They will then implant these into thinning and balding areas. When this happens, about 15% of the hairs will grow as a single hair and roughly 15% grow in groups of four or five.
Follicular unit extraction enables patients with thinning or balding to enjoy the look of thicker, fuller follicles. Unlike more invasive methods like FUT, which requires removing a strip of donor hairs for individual follicle extractions, this method harvests follicular units one at a time directly out of the scalp without transecting them, leaving you looking natural.
FUE produces natural-looking and permanent results. With FUE, you don’t have to waste any precious strands on your head in order for new ones to grow back quickly and fully. The FUE technique must be performed by a skilled hair transplant surgeon or clinician. Newer technologies such as Cole, Ellis, ATERA, and WAW FUE Hair Restoration Systems automate parts of the procedure for more efficient treatments and less error.
FUE does not work for people who are losing their hair because of medicines, treatments, or stress.
In order to make sure we cover the recipient area with hair follicles and have an accurate quote, prospective patients are asked to schedule a consultation before any treatments can be recommended. Schedule an initial consultation with us to determine the results you can get from the procedure and we can assess if FUE is a good fit for your hair loss situation.