Follicular Unit Extraction Procedures (FUE)
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What is Follicular Unit Extraction?
Follicular Punch Incisions
During this step, the surgeon uses a specialized tool to extract donor grafts from the patient’s donor area. Traditionally donor grafts are extracted from the back and sides of the scalp.
Extraction & Harvesting
During this step, our hair transplant team takes the extracted grafts to be cleaned, sorted according to hair quantity, and submerges them in an active plasma solution to maximize survivability.
In this step, the surgeon creates small incisions and begins implanting the grafts into the scalp. Follicular units are then transplanted one by one with attention to direction, angle, and density in mind.
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Follicular unit extraction is one of the two primary methods of obtaining hair follicles for hair transplantation. The other method is called strip harvesting, also known as FUT.
The survival of follicular units is one of the key variables of successful hair transplantation. This is a delicate process that should only be performed by a skilled professional who specializes in FUE transplants. Should follicular units be transected during the extraction process, there is a greater likelihood they will not survive the transplant. Consequently, the hair transplant will fail.
Follicular unit extraction generally has a quicker patient recovery time and significantly lower post-operative discomfort than follicular unit transplantation. Additionally, FUE provides an alternative to FUT when the scalp is too tight for a strip excision.
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FUE Frequently Asked Questions
Is an FUE Procedure Right for Me?
An FUE procedure is a better fit for patients who have limited scalp elasticity, those who have straight or wavy hair, or those who prefer shorter hairstyles to longer ones. Ultimately, eligibility for FUE will be determined after consulting our physician.
Will I Need More Than One Procedure?
The number of FUE procedures necessary to achieve your desired goals vary from person to person and the individual degree of hair loss. However, in our experience, the majority of our patients want and will benefit from at least two FUE procedures.
Will I Heal Quickly From My FUE Procedure?
While each patient is different, you can expect to be back to your normal routine within a few hours of completion of your FUE procedure. The average healing time for swelling to go down is usually 1-2 days. Scabbing should heal up within a week or so.
Why is FUE More Expensive than FUT?
FUE is a more expensive procedure because of the time involved in the extraction process. While FUT simply removes a portion of the scalp, FUE involves creating thousands of tiny punches. Understandably, additional time comes with additional expense.
How Long Does an FUE Procedure Take?
FUE procedures generally take more time and effort to perform than a standard FUT procedure. Depending on the number of grafts the patient desires, the average time to perform an FUE hair transplant procedure usually lasts between 2-5 hours.
Will Insurance Pay for My Hair Transplant?
Very rarely. Hair transplant surgeries are generally considered to be cosmetic in nature. Therefore, it is unlikely your insurance company will help pay for it. However, should your hair loss occur as a result of illness or injury, coverage may be possible.