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What is FUE Hair Transplant (Follicular Unit Extraction) and How It Works

Forget the old method of hair transplant, this year it’s the new era of the follicular unit extraction.

This new technique is all about removing individual grafts and transplanting them in the specified areas that suffer from baldness.


What exactly is the FUE hair transplant?

FUE hair transplant is a method of obtaining hair from the donor area. Individual follicular units are extracted directly from the back and sides of the scalp. During the extraction process a small incisions are made around each follicular unit without doing any linear scar.

In doing the round incisions, a small punch tool is used as a basic instrument. This punch helps digging around the follicular unit to extract the grafts safely. There are sharp and blunt punches for FUE incisions. The benefit of the small punch is to minimize the wound size, but it makes the process much harder. The use of the blind and sharp punches is also a basic matter in determining the technique of the surgeon in the operation. Some surgeons prefer to use the sharp punch to avoid the more steps in extracting the follicular units. Others prefer to the blind punch to avoid transection in three-step technique.

The FUE hair transplant procedure

FUE procedure is similar to the FUT method of implanting hair, but the only difference is the extraction process. This new procedure needs no sutures post operation, and it extracts the follicles from the donor area. A local anesthesia with a small or micro punch is used. The hair on the scalp is trimmed to 1 or 2 mm and the whole donor area is slowly covered with local anesthesia. Then, the process of extraction begins.

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