About Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE is a highly advanced and intricate, surgical procedure to restore hair loss. Unlike FUT-STRIP treatment, FUE does not leave a linear scar. This procedure is commonly undertaken by younger patients and those who like to wear their hair shorter (number 1 or 2) and where a scar would be more visible. However, the suitability of this treatment is dependent on the individual and requires various factors such as age, the amount of expected hair loss and the general health of the patient, to be taken in to consideration.
Like FUT, FUE involves taking healthy hair from a donor site (permanent area) of the scalp, where the hairs are genetically programmed to continue growing for life. This is known as the ‘donor area’. The healthy ‘permanent’ hairs are then grafted in to the areas of the scalp in need of treatment, which is called the ‘recipient area’.
However, unlike FUT, where a strip of skin, containing the hairs to be transferred, FUE extracts each follicular unit, individually and directly from the scalp, leaving only the tiniest dotted scars.