FUE is the acronym for Follicular Unit Extraction. It is one of the two latest methods for extracting hair from one part of the scalp for transplantation on part of the scalp experiencing hair loss. The other method is FUT, which is the acronym for Follicular Unit Transplantation.
Unlike FUT that involves use of strips to slice a piece of scalp with hair for transplantation on another area, the procedure for FUE hair transplants involves harvesting of individual hair follicles from one part of a patient’s area with hair.
The modern method of addressing hair loss was initially introduced by Japanese Masumi Inaba in 1988 before ray Woods, an Australian doctor successfully employed the technique using a 1-mm needle to administer the initial treatment on patients suffering hair loss in 1999. The procedure for FUE hair transplants is very delicate. Indeed, there are only a few surgeons who have successfully mastered the technique.
FUE procedure is minimally invasive and is performed under local anesthesia. Unlike with FUT that involves stitching of both the donor and transplantation areas, FUE does not require any stitching after the procedure.
The procedure involves mapping of a patient’s hair growth pattern before the actual extraction begins. The mapping makes it possible for a surgeon to know exactly where and in what direction extracted hair is to be located. The actual extraction and transplantation involves use of highly specialized devices of diameter between 0.6 mm – 0.9 mm for extraction of individual hair follicle units together with accompanying glands.
The act of removing the accompanying hair glands is very beneficial because it increases the chance of transplanted hair to survive. Indeed, FUE produces better results than others, especially when it comes to hair transplants in London and other places around Europe, although hair at back of the head is commonly used, hair on other parts of the body can also be transplanted in certain circumstances.
The procedure for FUE provides for several benefits compared to benefits that other hair transplantation techniques provide;
• It is performed under local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia.
• It involves use of specialized tools, which eliminates the risk of scarring after treatment.
• It provides for improved survival rate of transplanted hair compared with other hair transplantation techniques.
• The hair transplanted takes a natural look because of the initial mapping of hair growth.
Perhaps the greatest benefit that the procedure for FUE hair transplants provides is quick recovery period. Although complete healing takes a week at most, a patient can easily resume his/her regular activities immediately after the treatment.