What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant has quickly become the most popular method for hair transplantation.  Similar to the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), the follicles are removed from the donor area and placed into the recipient area, however, the method for removing the grafts is much different. With the FUE method, each follicle is extracted individually using a small punch.  The FUE gives no linear scar because the grafts are removed by a circular punch, which is the diameter of a pencil point. Therefore, in most cases there is no visible scarring.  The FUT method does leave a small scar in the back of your head, but it is hidden by your hair.

It is important to note, at Medi Tresse, all FUE graft extractions are completed by the surgeon or other medically licensed practitioners.  This is an important distinction and you should always inquire about who will be performing this part of your procedure.

What Are the Advantages To FUE Over FUT?

FUE is has become the preferred choice for many patients for the following reasons:

  • Less painful
  • Causes minimal scarring
  • Can utilize hair from other parts of the body, not just the scalp
  • Is an option for patients with low hair density.

Do Patients Stay Awake During FUE Surgery?

The patients are awake during the procedure. Only local anesthesia is used. The patient may opt for a valium to relax and rest during the procedure.

What Happens During FUE Procedure?

First, your doctor will sit with you in the consultation room and go over the details that were discussed in your consultation to ensure you are getting exactly what you want for your hair restoration procedure, including drawing a template that you will approve for the area and the hairline. Baseline photos will then be taken and you will be brought into the procedure room and the session will start. The hair in the donor area will be trimmed to about 1 millimeter. The doctor will apply the local anesthesia and then he will use a motorized punch to remove the grafts.

Next, the hairline is drawn and approved by the patient. The area is numbed by the surgeon. Small slits/holes are made in the recipient area by the surgeon at the proper angle, depth, and direction. The technicians will then insert the grafts with specialized forceps. When they are done, the donor and recipient areas are checked by the surgeon, instructions are read and the patient is then sent home.

Is the FUE procedure painful?

After you are numbed up, there is no pain.

Is there pain after the procedure?

There may be slight pain the evening of which can be relieved with Tylenol or aspirin, but the next day there is usually no pain.

Do I have to get any medications on the way home?

Any medications you require will be provided at the office.

Are there other costs involved?

No, the price given includes everything for the procedure, including shampoos, medications and follow up visits.

Are there other things I can do to help stop the loss and add more density after surgery?

Yes, you can use our special shampoos, which one bottle will be given to you after surgery. Also, there is Propecia (men only medication), laser caps, PRP and exosomes all of which will be discussed with you either in your consultation or after your surgery.