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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant technique that involves the extraction of individual hair follicles from the donor area (usually the back or sides of the head) and their transplantation into the recipient area where hair loss or thinning has occurred. FUE is known for its minimally invasive nature and ability to leave minimal scarring compared to other hair transplant methods.

Procedure Steps:

1. Consultation and Evaluation:

  • The process begins with a consultation where the surgeon assesses the patient's hair loss pattern, donor area, and overall health.

  • The surgeon discusses the patient's goals, expectations, and the suitability of FUE for their case.

2. Donor Area Shaving:

  • The donor area is typically shaved to facilitate the extraction process.

  • The extent of shaving depends on the planned number of grafts and the length of the patient's existing hair.

3. Individual Graft Extraction:

  • Under local anesthesia, the surgeon uses a micro-punch tool to extract individual hair follicles directly from the scalp.

  • The tiny circular incisions created by the punch tool heal on their own without the need for sutures.

4. Recipient Site Preparation:

  • The surgeon makes tiny incisions or slits in the recipient area, where the hair will be transplanted.

  • The incisions are strategically placed to achieve a natural-looking hairline and overall hair distribution.

5. Graft Placement:

  • Individual grafts are carefully placed into the recipient sites.

  • The surgeon pays attention to the angle, direction, and density of hair placement for a natural appearance.

6. Postoperative Care:

  • Patients receive postoperative care instructions, including information about caring for the donor and recipient areas.

  • Pain management and follow-up appointments are discussed.

Advantages of FUE:

  1. No Linear Scar:FUE leaves tiny, circular scars that are less noticeable compared to the linear scar left by Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).
    Allows patients to wear shorter hairstyles without revealing a visible scar.

  2. Shorter Recovery Time:FUE generally has a shorter recovery time compared to FUT.
    Patients can typically resume normal activities sooner.

  3. Suitable for Short Hair:FUE is suitable for individuals who prefer to keep their hair short, as there is no long linear scar.

Disadvantages of FUE:

  1. Limited Grafts per Session:FUE may be more time-consuming, and the number of grafts that can be harvested in a single session is limited compared to FUT.

  2. Higher Cost:FUE is often more expensive than FUT, primarily due to the labor-intensive nature of the extraction process.

  3. Potential for Transection:There is a risk of transection, where the hair follicle is damaged during the extraction process.
    Transected follicles may not grow properly when transplanted.


Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) has gained popularity for its minimally invasive approach and ability to provide natural-looking results with minimal scarring. It is a suitable option for individuals with smaller to moderate hair loss patterns or those who prefer short hairstyles. The choice between FUE and other hair transplant methods depends on individual preferences, the extent of hair loss, and the expertise of the surgeon. Patients should consult with a qualified hair transplant professional to determine the most suitable approach based on their specific needs and expectations.

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