What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?
A viable path towards enhanced self-confidence
There’s nothing like warmer weather to make you want to take off your hat, run your fingers through your hair and feel the wind make contact with your scalp. Hair loss, thinning hair, or a receding hairline can dramatically impact your self-image, reduce your choice of hairstyles, and keep you covering up with hats and caps, even in the heat.
Thankfully, today there are more innovative treatments on the market than ever before to help restore a healthy head of hair and replenish your confidence in how you look. FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction, is a process by which individual hair follicles are harvested from healthy areas of the scalp and then transplanted to balding areas. While time-consuming, FUE offers the most authentic and natural-looking results available.
What is FUE?
FUE can be performed manually, or it can be performed with an automated device as is used in NeoGraft or ARTAS treatments. Follicle grafts are minuscule, usually around 1mm. Before being transferred, each graft is carefully chosen and examined under a microscope to assess its strength, viability, and diameter. The process requires the skill and artistry of a meticulous and precision-oriented medical professional who has the patience to fulfill your aesthetic wishes in detail. During FUE, around 1,000 follicle grafts can be successfully transplanted.
What are the benefits of FUE?
Unlike the FUT method, which requires a strip of skin to be taken from the back or side of the head, FUE is non-invasive, leaving little scarring in its wake. Clients undergoing FUE can look forward to diverse hairstyles, including really short styles such as military cuts.
The biggest benefit of FUE by far, however, is the fact that results appear seamless. The new follicles are integrated into your existing hair patterns to create a natural and effortless improvement. Only you and your hair transplant practitioner will know you’ve undergone a cosmetic procedure.
A final benefit of FUE is its comfort and quick recovery period. Recovery takes a matter of days rather than weeks, and since there are no surgical stitches used, there is little pain to contend with. The whole process is extremely gentle, thanks to its high degree of accuracy during the extraction process. An automated FUE system such as NeoGraft is so precise that it can even be used to enhance the beard or the mustache.