What’s FUE About?

FUE can expand the donor zone because of the method each follicular unit is removed or extracted; a cylindrical instrument around 1mm in diameter surrounds the hair shaft and then makes a punch into the scalp

To extract the FU´s it is considered better that the hair in the donor area is shaved to make it easier to detect the hair shaft direction and encompass the punch around the graft; on very small procedures it may be possible to partial shave an area that can be hidden by the surrounding hair, but any procedure requiring a decent graft count requires shaving

Although FUE grafts are removed individually there is still a need for the FU´s to be cleaned and sometimes trimmed and this should be performed under magnification. This is to ensure the quality of the follicular units and that all are fit to be used

FUE surgery will leave small cylindrical scarring around the donor, some hardly visible even under close inspection; other can be more visible, looking a little chicken-pox scarring. An educated harvesting pattern must be adhered to and not remove adjacent FU´s or create a man-mad pattern of extraction as this can highlight the scarring with shorter hair, long hair it cannot be seen

On the right candidate the FUE technique can be an excellent option and can open the safe donor zone outside the traditional strip or FUT zone for harvesting; expanding the donor area has a number of advantages

Individuals that have undergone previous surgery and then donor has been impaired with scarring FUE can extract around the scarring and over a wider surface area to increase the total number of grafts available

Due to the punch size being small the grafts generally will be leaner than FUT grafts, less fatty tissue surrounding the FU. Any graft requires care when being handled but FUE grafts a little more; to not hold the bulb as it is easily crushed

When researching hair transplant it is important the technique utilised is best suited to your hair loss pattern now and in the future as the 2 different techniques have advantages and disadvantages to them

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