Hair transplant patients often come across the term ‘FUE hair transplant’. A FUE hair transplant is a new procedure that involves the removing of hair follicles from the back of the scalp of a patient, and grafting them onto the recipient site.
FUE is an abbreviation. It stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. The hair follicles exist in units on the scalp. These units are called follicular units. Because FUE hair transplants involve the extraction of each hair follicle individually, the procedure is called follicular unit extraction.
There is also the procedure called the Follicular Unit Transplantation – it is similar to FUE, however, FUT involves the extraction of strips. It also goes by the name “strip method”.
According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there are advantages and disadvantages of both methods, and some individuals benefit more from one than the other.
FUE hair transplants have been on the rise in the past ten years or so. This is partially due to many male celebrities getting FUE hair transplants. Hair loss patients look at these natural results, and decide to undergo FUE. As British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery puts it, “Surgery is the only guaranteed treatment to combat hair loss.” They also acclaim FUE as a good method for transplants where small numbers of hair follicles are transplanted.
FUE hair transplants can be performed on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, beard and mustache, and also on scars, burn marks, and other marks. In FUE hair transplants the discomfort during and after the transplant, and the scarring is minimum. FUE patients can recover quickly, return to work and everyday life while enjoying boosted self-esteem and a feeling of youthfulness.
The process takes 6-10 hours (perhaps 4 when the bald area is too small – on average), the risks associated with the procedure are minimum, and the newest technology allows for better FUE results.