What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

POSTED: 26 May 2011

The term Follicular Unit Extraction refers to one of the two main ways follicular units are extracted in the process of hair transplantation. These naturally occurring units are usually comprised of between one and four hairs. The other common method of follicular unit extraction, strip harvesting, involves taking a strip of skin containing hairs and then dissecting it afterwards. Both methods form the basis of follicular unit transplantation.

Scarring from FUE takes the form of small, typically white ‘pits’, while strip harvesting leaves a linear scar where the donor skin was removed.

There are several key advantages to Follicular Unit Extraction. There is no limitation of carrying out strenuous exercise after the procedure has taken place and makes it theoretically possible to harvest from other parts of the body. Where a scalp is too tight for the strip harvest technique, FUE can offer an effective alternative to FUT. The dimensions of the donor area can be expended with FUE (although not necessarily increasing the number of grafts unless carried out as part of an FUT procedure). Finer hair from the nape of the neck can be used for the hairline and for eyebrows using the FUE technique.

Not all patients are suitable candidates for FUE. Due to the greater donor area, there is a risk that lower and upper parts of donor areas are more likely to bear scars and that hair taken from borderline areas are not truly permanent. There tends to be a lower yield from FUE compared to FUT, and grafts are more susceptible to damage. It is more challenging to gain a natural distribution of follicular units and microscopic dissection may be required.

Dr Shahmalak is highly skilled and experienced in the realm of Follicular Unit Extraction, having ensured patients from across the UK and from countries around the world have benefitted from the procedure. If you want more information on FUE procedures, contact Crown Cosma Clinic today. If you wish, you can also complete our online consultation form. There is no obligation and your information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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