FUE Hair Transplant – Procedure and Advantages

Dr. Maj (R) Syeda Huma Hasnain
November 7, 2017
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FUE Hair Transplant – Procedure and Advantages


Hair transplant has seen considerable improvement in the last few decades. From scalp flap surgeries to hair plugs and from plugs to follicular units, a hair transplant is now minimally invasive procedure and produces excellent results.

FUE (follicular unit extraction) is not a new procedure. It has passed the test of time. However, it is still regarded as latest hair transplant procedure. Here are the answers of some common questions asked by hair transplant seekers about FUE hair transplant procedure.

What is the difference between FUE and strip removal method?

To understand the difference between FUE and strip removal method, we must have a basic understanding of hair transplant procedure. We can divide a hair transplant procedure into two phases: the extraction phase and the plantation phase. In the extraction phase, we extract or harvest the donor hair. The area, from where the hairs are extracted is called donor area. When the extraction phase completes, the plantation phase starts. In plantation phase, tiny holes are created in the affected area, also known as recipient area, harvested hairs are carefully placed in these holes, and the transplant completes.

Now we come to our basic question, the difference between FUE and strip removal. As far as the plantation phase is concerned, there is no difference between FUE and strip removal. It does not make a difference whether the hairs were extracted through FUE or strip removal.

However, it is the extraction phase where the difference lies. In strip removal method, a strip-like portion of scalp is removed from the donor area. This strip contains thousands of hair follicles required for plantation. These hair follicles are separated from the scalp for plantation as individual follicular units.

On the other hand, FUE does not remove a strip from the scalp. It extracts individual hair follicles one by one. It uses a small tool to pluck each hair along with its root. When the required number of hairs has been extracted, they can be planted into the required area.

What are the benefits of FUE hair transplant procedure?

FUE hair transplant method offers some advantages over strip removal method. Here is a list of most important advantages of FUE hair transplant.

  1. Minimally invasive: The introduction of FUE hair transplant method has made a hair transplant procedure minimally invasive. Many people are not comfortable with removal of a strip from their head. The idea of tiny punches is certainly more comforting.
  2. Less Scarring: Although FUE produces many tiny scars, people prefer these tiny scars to the linear scar produced by strip removal method. Tiny scars produced by FUE are hardly visible. Furthermore, they are easy to conceal under surrounding hairs.
  3. Large number of donor hair: Strip removal method is suitable for extraction of head hair only. However, FUE has the ability to harvest donor hair from any body part. This is very useful for people with limited donor hair on their scalp. They can extract body hair and plant them to the required area.
  4. Less downtime: Downtime is a major concern for hair transplant seekers. It is hard for people to afford many days off from work. FUE offers considerably less downtime. In fact, you can resume your office the very next day. Hair loss concealers may help in certain cases.

Are there any disadvantages of FUE procedure?

The disadvantages of this procedure arise from the fact that it is a slow procedure and required manual effort of the surgeon to extract each individual. It also requires more skill as compared to strip removal for extraction of donor hair. Over the past few years, many surgeons have mastered this skill.

If you are looking for excellent results in a minimally invasive way, FUE hair transplant is certainly the right procedure for you. Just make sure that your chosen surgeon is expert in performing FUE hair transplants.