Knowing More About Follicular Unit Extractions As A Hair Restoration Procedure

First and foremost, what is Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE? It is a tremendously favored and emerging technique for hair transplantation whereby there is extraction of singular follicular units using a small round punch from a subject’s donor areas which are termed as bald-resistant. With the use of stereo microscopes that are high powered, technicians will be separated and arranged all the while making sure the follicular grafts stay in excellent condition. The follicular units are organized into assortments banking on how many hairs are in each follicle (in each follicle you will find roughly 1-4 hairs).  The hair categorizations are then transferred to the patient’s balding regions. This will be continuously done until enough follicular units have been harvested for the hair restoration procedure.

The donor area is first prepped for the procedure by trimming the hair in that area short so as to enable optimal visualization by the physician and enable them to better work on the scalp of the patient in addition to each donor follicle. The critical placing of the follicles will present the groundwork for reestablishing results that are as natural looking as possible. The doctor will make minuscule lacerations in the area of hair loss to preserve the natural hair growth pattern of the patient. There is then one by one placement of the follicular grafts in harmony with the number of follicular hairs. The process of graft placement of Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) is very similar to this one.

The complete healing of the donor area takes place in just a few days whereby the lacerations remaining following the extraction of the follicular units. There is a contraction of the tiny slits as they heal which makes the marks made by the incisions barely noticeable. There is no need for other closures or even stitches.

The regrowth of the hair that has been restored does so in the same manner as that of the subject’s natural hair. After about 3 months following the procedure, there will be a growth of new hair. After 6 months there will be noticeable regrowth and both the transplanted and native hair of the patient will keep growing naturally.

Let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of Follicular Unit Extraction

Advantages include Its less invasive character due to the non-detectability of the post-extraction wounds after healing. There is less scarring and you will be able to wear cropped or short hair. Recovery time is very fast and there is decreased pain post the operation. There is an allowance for extraction from different areas of the scalp and body of the follicular units, thus we could say that the procedure has increased the potential for donor supply and also transplantation of body hair. The fact that the grafts can be individually selected after isolation and identification to ensure the grafts chosen are the best is also an advantage. Lastly, for limited and specially designed cases such as eyebrow reconstruction, FUE is most favorable.

Disadvantages include reduced yield of due to elevated transection of grafts. FUE grafts are less viable and thinner which may alter the total yield. You can get an unattractive appearance as a result of too many extractions. The lower candidacy of patients, such as subjects with hair that is curly and thick, which has shown to be hard to extract is a disadvantage. It may take many days for one Follicular Unit Extraction Transplant session. The increased cost of the procedure is a disadvantage for quite a number of patients. There may be hair loss from areas where the hair has been extracted outside the “universal safe zone”. Finally, there is need to shave the donor region before extraction which may prove to be an issue to some patients.