Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE is a surgical hair transplant procedure to restore the lost hair. Before going to the procedure steps, it is important to have a bit of knowledge about the hair structure. A typical hair consists of hair shafts, follicles, vellus hair, sebaceous gland, nerve and blood vessels. The hair shafts can be seen above the skin and the follicular units stay on the surface. A hair follicular unit consists of 1-4 hairs. The main objective of the hair transplant procedure is to relocate the intra-follicular units from the donor site (usually, the back side of the head) to the recipient (bald) areas.
In the FUE hair transplant procedure, the follicular units are extracted individually from the scalp using a small, sharp cylindrical punch. The extracted follicular units are then transplanted into the recipient area individually. The procedure uses an automated extraction tool to remove the grafts and then place them in the recipient area. FUE does not require stitches or sutures.
A micro-punching tool and needle device is used to extract the individual follicular units. After that, the graft is extracted directly from the scalp and prepare them for implantation. To have an optimal visualization, the doctor may shave the donor area.
Results will be visible after a few months. Within these months, hair will start to grow in the grafted areas. These hairs look natural and stay permanent.