A hair transplant works because some hair can be removed from around the back and sides of your head (donor area). This hair is genetically healthy and strong. Importantly, immune from the baldness gene.
How the hair is removed is dictated to the hair transplant technique used. Some candidates are suitable for either technique whereas others may be better suited to one over the other.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction?
“FUE” or to use the full name, Follicular Unit Extraction, is the movement of genetic groups of hair. Moved one by one, known as follicular units (FU); “bunches” of hair usually 1 to 4 hairs
A micro cylindrical surgical punch surrounds the FU. With a great deal of skill and precise measurement of hair angles, the FU is encompassed within the punch.
- FUE leaves no linear scarring
- Post-operative recovery is faster and easier
- Able to “cherry pick” FU to suit the area of placement
- Widens the donor area to expand the number of FU available in conjunction with Strip
- Gives a new alternative to repair patients to widen the harvesting potential, especially with the advent of BH
FUE leaves no linear scarring
Any surgical procedure will produce some scarring. FUE is a medical/surgical procedure. So scarring is a side effect of having the hair transplant technique with FUE. Unlike the FUT – Follicular Unit Transplant technique that leaves a linear scar. FUE does not. Because a small round punch is used a small wound is initially made. As the area heals and the skin complexion relaxes the punch marks become harder to see. Slowly they blend with the surrounding hair and skin. Assuming the area has not been over-harvested. Also, the skin heals well. The extraction will be spread around the back and sides of the head. This will reduce any visible signs of hair extraction.
Post-operative recovery is faster and easier
A benefit to FUE is the recovery can be easier. With generally fewer restrictions on the individual´s movement and activities. You have still undergone a surgical procedure. So all care needs to be taken to ensure the best healing possible. To ensure no damage is caused always follow the instructions given by the Clinic. If in doubt ask them to clarify the do´s and don´ts.
Able to “cherry pick” FU to suit the area of placement
As FUE removes the hair follicles one-by-one. It is possible to remove the ideal looking hair grafts for a specific area of your hair restoration. This is especially so with small procedures. Hairline work that can require finer hairs opposed to thick coarse hairs to ensure a natural soft hairline is designed.
Widens the donor area to expand the number of FU available in conjunction with Strip
For advanced hair loss stages, it is not always possible to cover the entire area of hair loss with one technique or procedure. This is simply because regardless of the technique a priority is to the healing and safe removal of the hairs and this restricts the amount that can be removed. By using both hair transplant techniques can maximise the total number of hair grafts that can safely be removed and give a candidate with advanced hair loss the maximum coverage possible in one procedure.
Gives a new alternative to repair patients to widen the harvesting potential, especially with the advent of BH
Due to the type of extraction using a small punch tool hair can be removed from a wider area around the sides and back of the head and even from other areas of the body such as beard, back, and chest. This will help to achieve the maximum number of hair grafts that will help those with advanced hair loss when their traditional donor area is restricted or limited and those that have undergone previous hair transplants and the donor area is impaired. FUE can also be used to add hair back into the donor area and specifically into old strip scars to help camouflage the linear look of the old scar.
Choosing the hair transplant technique to use is not always an option but sometimes dictated by the necessity. To achieve the best result for both the donor area and the hair growth over the top of your head.
The hair transplant diagnostic will be looking to measure the patients´suitability to achieve a natural result, quantifying aspects such:
Donor hair density
Donor Surface Area Size
The best technique to use, either the FUE or FUT hair transplant technique
With all this information the hairline can then be designed taking into consideration age of the individual, current hair loss stage, potential hair loss stage and the assessment of graft numbers available now and overall in the future.