[bt_quote style="box" width="0"] Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from a donor area on the scalp (usually at the back of the head where the hair is plentiful) and grafting them onto the bald or thinning areas. [/bt_quote] [bt_accordion width="0" active_first="yes" icon="plus-square-1"] [bt_spoiler title="Definition" icon="list"] Hair in the top and front are lost because they are genetically susceptible to hormones. Hair on the sides and back are immune (genetically) to hormones and are programmed to grow a lifetime. These hair will continue to grow lifetime, even though it is transplanted to different site. It is a medical fact and has been repeatedly proven over the years. Hair transplant is a procedure where individual hair follicles are moved from one part of the body (donor area) to the bald part of the scalp (recipient area). It is a minimally invasive procedure. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a method of graft harvesting in which individual follicles are removed from the donor area, one at a time. The advantages, when compared to traditional strip harvesting, includes less trauma, less visible scarring, more rapid healing and recovery. Although primarily used for graft production from the scalp, FUE has now been utilized for body and beard hair graft extraction. With proper instrumentation and methods, all patients are good candidates for FUE. FUE is a significant advancement in the field of hair restoration surgery and with experience, the results achieved are superior to those produced with strip harvest technique. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title="Process" icon="list"] Here is a more in depth look at how an FUE procedure is done: -- The donor site and the recipient sites are demarcated beforehand. In case the donor site on the scalp will not yield sufficient grafts, other parts of the body, such as beard, chest and legs can also be looked at.
-- The hair follicles or grafts are then extracted one by one from the donor site.
-- The hair follicles or grafts will then be implanted almost immediately into the recipient site.
-- The procedure is minimally invasive and leaves behind no scars, especially when done by an expert. In addition, the healing time is minimal and people are able to return to their normal lives in no time.
[/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" Advantages " icon="list"] There is a reason why innumerable people are now opting for FUE, as opposed to other forms of hair transplant, and that reason is that this is the most effective method of enjoying natural looking hair. Here are some of the other reasons: -- Since there is no linear scar, which is prominent in a follicular unit transplant, you can wear your hair, as short as you want.
-- There are no cuts, which means that there are no stitches either.
-- As there are no cuts or stitches, the recovery period is minimal, which means that you can go back to your normal life, within no time.
-- Again, because there are no cuts or sutures, there is minimal chance of any infection in the donor area or recipient area.
-- The donor area can actually extend beyond the scalp, because with FUE, grafts can be extracted from the beard, arms, legs or chest.
[/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" Disadvantages" icon="list"] While the number of advantages of FUE are immense, there are a few drawbacks as well: -- There is a limitation to the number of grafts that can be extracted in one session.
-- There are often issues related to mechanical trauma.
-- If the grafts are not handled properly, they could die.
-- If the procedure is not being done by an expert, there could be over harvesting.
[/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" Healing" icon="list"] Post surgical recovery period is quite less in FUE patients. Usually within 3-4 days donor site is healed, allowing patient to resume his routine. [/bt_spoiler] [/bt_accordion]
Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from a donor area on the scalp (usually at the back of the head where the hair is plentiful) and grafting them onto the bald or thinning areas.