Hair Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular Unit Extraction is another hair transplant technique in which hair follicles are removed as single units - from the donor area of the scalp. Tiny, needle sized incisions are made in the recipient areas of the scalp, ready for the transplantation of the single follicular grafts.

How does follicular unit extraction differ from follicular unit transplantation?

Follicular Unit Extraction or 'FUE' for short involves the removal of single grafts: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) differs in that strips of tissue containing bundles of hair follicles are removed, followed by dissection into single follicular units.

Find out more in our FUT versus FUE section.

Once the grafts have been inserted new hair will grow in around 3 month's time although this is an approximation.

How are the follicular units removed?

This is a painstaking process in which the surgeon removes individual units one at a time using a small cutting tool or in some cases via robotic technology. The small holes left as a result of removing these units are left to heal as they don't require any stitches.

The surgeon will remove these single units until he/she has enough to complete the hair transplant. This process takes several hours to complete although in some cases, it may continue for two to three days. It depends upon how much coverage is needed.

Advantages of follicular unit extraction

The main one is minimal scarring. FUE is done using tiny incisions that are similar in size to pinpricks and heal very quickly. This is suitable for people who want minimal downtime or who have undergone another type of hair transplant which failed to heal properly.

It is also suitable for people who like having short hair.