What is Follicular Unit Extraction and How is it Different from Follicular Unit Transplantation Surgery?

What is Follicular Unit Extraction? How does it Work?

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is an advanced type of hair transplantation procedure where Dermatologists extract hair follicles from the posterior end of the scalp (donor site) and transplant it to bald part (recipient site) through a motorised punch machine. Masumi Inaba of Japan first implemented this method in 1988. Today, FUE is the most popular method of hair transplantation as it produces natural looking hair with a short recovery period.

In FUE,  hair transplant surgeons use small and sharp punches for extracting hair follicles from donor site under local anaesthesia. Each follicular unit grafts consists of one to four hair strands which the doctor later transplants at the bald portion of the scalp. Unlike the Follicular Unit Transplantation process here patients do not have to undergo a long incision at donor site leaving a visible scar after the surgery.

Who are the Right Candidates for FUE?

Before performing FUE on patients hair transplant doctors thoroughly examine them finding out whether they are suitable for the transplantation procedure. Here are a few checklists worth considering before going ahead with the surgery.

• Individuals experiencing significant hair loss which fails to grow after conventional hair therapies are right candidates for undergoing FUE. If they have any other medical issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other ailment for which regular medication is necessary, then it should be brought in to surgeon’s notice.
Baldness in men is categorised under seven stages in ‘Norwood Scale’. Individuals within stage one to stage five in ‘Norwood Scale of baldness’ are good candidates for FUE treatment.
• Candidates having thick and curly strands of hair are better for undergoing hair transplantation.
• If baldness has resulted due to trauma (burnt or injury) or some hair infection like alopecia, then individuals can consider FUE procedure for hair regrowth.

How is FUE Different from Follicular Unit Transplantation Surgery?

In the case of FUT, the patient gets anesthetised to numb the scalp and surgeons remove 15 to 30 centimetres of tissue from the back of the head or donor region. The area is later closed with sutures. Surgeons then divide the donor tissue into tiny grafts having only a few strands of hairs. Finally, doctors transplant the grafts into the recipient site.

In FUE, do not require removing any large area of the scalp as they extract individual follicles from donor site by punch incision. It is the latest transplantation procedure where there is no scar left behind after the surgery. The recovery time of FUE is also less compared to FUT.

 Why Should You Visit DermaClinix for FUE?

When it comes to FUE, DermaClinix offers the best transplantation procedure in its state-of-the-art centres. The clinic of this brand has the latest medical devices and a team of highly efficient surgeons and hair experts implementing the surgeries. If you are suffering from pattern baldness and wish to have natural looking hair, then visit the nearest centre of DermaClinix.