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Follicular Unit Extraction
FUE hair transplant is a special process used to grab follicles to relocate when doing a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) hair loss prevention procedure. An FUE hair treatment is done by highly skilled surgeons who use techniques and equipment that is constantly evolving and changing. One advantage to utilising the FUE hair transplant method is that it leaves minimal scars and does not leave a noticeable linear scar like the FUT technique.
It is an ideal procedure for: patients who traditionally wear their hair short, including those who shave their heads, and those who would not be adverse to having the transplant region shaved, any patient who wants to avoid the appearance of a scar or those who scar easily, patients who have had previous hair transplants and now experience tightness in the scalp, patients who are not experiencing significant hair loss, patients who are younger and require a less comprehensive procedure, a patient who might not be sure about an extensive transplant procedure and wants to try a FUT to see how it works out, patients who have hair that is fine to the touch or a patient who will need to have a graft placed in an area with existing scars.
Before getting an FUE hair transplant treatment done, it is important to first consider the pros and cons of the follicular unit extraction procedure.
Size of FUE Procedures
Because the surgeon has to spend a significant amount of time harvesting grafts during an FUE hair transplant procedure, the time spent on artistically placing grafts to get an optimum effect is shortened. To maintain the quality of results, FUE procedures are generally either done on very small areas, or they are spread out over two or more days.
• A standard FUE would involve anywhere from 800 to 2,000 grafts that would take approximately 10 hours to process
• An extended period of surgery (one day or more) would be used if the procedure required more than 2,000 grafts
• An experienced surgeon will limit a single session to around 2,500 but no more than 3,000 grafts
• To retain the effect of no scarring in the donor area for an FUE, the general consensus is that no more than 5,000 follicular units should be processed over a period of two to three days
Our preferred FUE system
At Enhance Hair Restoration we choose the WAW FUE System. Our surgeons have commented that using this system is like having an extra pair of hands available. It is an easily adjustable and versatile piece of technology, designed and fabricated to the highest standards. It is tailored specifically to the needs of the surgeon and the requirements of the procedure. The particular design and innovative technological features allow more grafts and hair to be transplanted in a single process, thus resulting in less scarring, fewer missing grafts and a much lower transection rate.
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Follicular Unit Extraction Technique
Because an FUE requires that each follicle be removed individually in preparation for a Follicular Unit Transplant, it can become an extremely tedious process. Instead of dealing with strips of follicles, the surgeon is handling individual groups. The FUE process uses a 0.8 mm to 1.0 mm surgical incision on the scalp where the follicles are to be removed. In order for the process to be done correctly, the patient’s head is completely shaved in the donor area. After collecting and properly storing the grafts, the surgeon then prepares the transplant area with an eye towards artistically placing the grafts in ways that will look and feel natural. Then the surgeon meticulously places the grafts in the transplant area to get the desired effect. One of the benefits of FUE is it gives the surgeon the option of removing individual follicles and placing them in such a way as to enhance the final effect.
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Pros and Cons of FUE
While hair transplants completed with follicular unit extraction sounds like the ideal solution for a wide range of patient types, it actually does have its limitations. This type of procedure is not for every patient, and you need to consider the pros and cons of FUE before you get the procedure done.
• Minimal scarring
• Recovery time is much faster
• Reduced amount of pain and general discomfort when the process is complete
• Offers the option of a larger donor space
• Makes the process easier for patients prone to scarring
• Can be used to repair or alter existing scarred areas
• Expands the harvesting area to body and beard hair
• Can be more beneficial to younger patients
• Could be ideal for those who only need a frontal transplant
• The donor area must be shaved extremely close
• May not be suitable for patients not wanting to shave their hair
• Does not yield as many follicles as FUT
• Pricing tends to be more than other options
• The lack of fatty tissue on the grafts can decrease their survival rate