Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a newer hair transplant method in which individual hair follicles are transplanted to a thinning or balding area from a donor site — an area of denser hair growth typically located on the back or side of the head using micro punches to remove individual follicles.
FUE hair restoration gives patients permanent, natural-looking results.
Advantages of FUE: The advantages of this technique over the conventional strip harvest are that it does not leave a linear scar, and the procedure produces little or no postoperative pain and discomfort. The trauma is much less and the healing time is much faster; within a week the patient feels considerably more comfortable after the operation. There is no scarring, no need for special care after the surgery and no need to remove the stitches.
This is the latest and most skilled FUE technique. The basic procedures are the same as in standard FUE transplantation. Surgical microscopes are used during the operation. In addition, more advanced precision equipment and surgical instruments are used.
The micrografts are removed one by one using a micromotor (power-driven) and micropunch tips of less than 1 mm in diameter (0.5-0.8 mm) under the magnifying view of an ocular microscope.
The skin in the donor area is better protected and heals in just 2-3 days. There is no scar. Additional grafts can be taken from the same donor area later on if necessary.
MikroFUE is currently the accepted gold standard for modern hair transplantation.
Its only drawbacks are that it requires the experience and skill of well –trained surgeons and surgical teams to be performed successfully. It is the technique that only the best hair transplantation clinics and surgical teams can perform with reproducible and successful outcomes.