FUE Hair Transplant Techniques
- The quest for a better looking head of hair is something that has tormented men for centuries with male baldness being a real issue for many men in a world where self image has become increasingly important. The promise of successful hair transplantation is something that stretches back decades, but it is only in recent years that surgeons have perfected the Follicular Unit Extraction technique, commonly known as FUE.
If you are reading this article then the chances are that you are at least intrigued about FUE as a method of hair loss restoration. To be clear, Follicular Unit Extraction is the process of taking hair follicles (each of which would contain 1,2,3 or 4 hairs) from bald resistant areas of the scalp and placing them in non-bald resistant areas of the scalp.
The FUE procedure is becoming increasingly popular and demand for this type of surgery is growing yearly. It has far surpassed the Follicular Unit Transplantation method (FUT) that is essentially the same technique but is more surgically invasive as it takes large strips of hair grafts at a time, meaning more scalpel work and stitching – something no man wants to hear. By contrast, FUE uses a specialised tool that is between 0.7-1mm in diameter to remove the individual hair follicles from the donor area.
This delicate procedure should only be undertaken by a skilled surgeon and it is important to meet with your surgeon a number of times to ensure that you both know the expectations and limitations of the surgery prior to it starting. It is also worth noting that during the procedure the patient will require a shaved head so the surgeon can access the scalp easily – perhaps a small price to pay for a full head of hair and a lifetime of positive self image.