Surgical hair restoration is a field of medicine that is constantly evolving as the result of physicians constantly seeking to meet the needs of their patients. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of obtaining donor hair one graft at a time for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedures and one of those innovations that has been developed to give an alternative harvesting technique for patients who are looking for an option other than the traditional strip method. At Keshlogy clinic, we offer both manual FUE and Robotic FUE with the ARTAS robot. Patients who are concerned about having a linear scar, who want to wear their hair very short or whose scalp is too tight for strip harvesting, are typically good candidates for FUE procedures. These are the patients that physicians had in mind when they were developing FUE as viable option and alternative.
Unlike the strip method in which only the precise donor strip is shaved and a linear incision made with the grafts being microscopically dissected from that strip, FUE requires that the donor zone, typically the back and sides of the head, be shaved and the follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp, one graft at a time. The follicular units are taken from the known donor area by using a .8mm to 1mm punch, making a circular incision around the top of the follicular units and removing the follicular units directly from the scalp. Once the donor hair is harvested, the recipient sites are created by your surgeon and the grafts are placed with the proper angle and direction by the hair surgery technicians, as is with all follicular unit transplantation procedures.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION INSTRUMENTS
Follicular Unit Extraction instrumentation and techniques have evolved in recent years. The latest improvements have made FUE more viable, by offering instrumentation capable of harvesting more grafts with less damage and less scarring.