Follicular Unit Extraction is a hair transplant technique where tiny follicular bundles – ranging 1-4 hair follicles per graft – are harvested from the donor area and subsequently implanted one by one into the affected area(s).
FUE is a newer procedure than Strip Harvesting and has been practiced in the hair transplant community for nearly a decade.
Both hair transplant techniques produce near equal results in terms of:
- Graft yield
- Session size
Overall, FUE is a minimally invasive hair transplant option.
Three Signs FUE Maybe the Best Hair Transplant Option for You
1 – You’re a Man
Surgeons will shave your head pre-operation if you decide on an FUE Hair Transplant. Strip Harvesting does not require that a surgeon shave your head, which is why women opt for the traditional technique.
FUE has proven very effective with Caucasian and Asian Hair, but Strip Harvesting remains the more efficient technique for African American men.
2 – You Like to Wear Your Hair in a Short Cut
Strip Harvesting will leave a linear scar on the back of your head. With FUE, tiny dot scars- the size of individual 1-4 hair follicle bundles – will be left throughout the donor regions of the scalp, invisible to the naked eye even if you sport a short cut.
This cosmetic formality is why most FUE patients choose the procedure over Strip Harvesting.
3 – You’re Willing to Pay More
The industry norm is that FUE is more expensive than Strip Harvesting. This is because FUE is the more labor-intensive procedure for surgeons.
That said, keep the following factors in mind:
- No sutures are required
- Post-op is less intensive
- Minimal tiny dot scarring
Via FUE hair transplant, your surgeon has more control over placement of follicular bundles, where they are grafted, at what angle, as well as which follicular bundles to graft.
How Are You Affected by Hair Loss?
Everyone is uniquely affected by their hair loss.
For some it becomes a source of continual anxiety, depression, and creates issues with self-esteem and identity. Others brush it off and take the “baldis better” approach.
At the end of the day, it’s your life and only you know how affected you are by your hair loss. If it’s negatively impacting how you feel, as well as how you look, it’s likely the opportune time to take action.
FUE hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure that can solve your balding woes, for good.
The question you need to ask yourself is this, “What are you going to do about your hair loss?”
to discuss your many options and start looking forward to seeing a youthful reflection in your mirror tomorrow.