Follicular Unit extraction or Follicular unit excision (New name) commonly known as FUE, is the modern way of executing a hair restoration surgery. In contrast to the traditional FUT (follicular unit transplant) or strip surgery, FUE is less invasive and stitchless. Here, instead of cutting a chunk of scalp skin, hair follicles are cherry picked individually using small circular cuts around the follicular unit or the graft.
This does not mean that it is better than FUT, result wise. Infact, the results of FUE and FUT, if done properly, are similar. The only difference is in the way the hair follicles are taken out of the scalp. As big cuts and stiches are not involved, FUE becomes a minimally invasive surgery. This enables, faster recovery, less pain and less complications for the patients. Worldwide, the demand for FUE is increasing and the best hair transplant clinics are now using FUE as the primary hair transplant technique.
In FUE, cylindrical punches of 0.8 to 1.0mm are used to cut the skin surrounding a hair follicular unit. After the initial superficial cut, the unit is pulled out using forceps or vacuum based suction.
These Follicular units are implanted “as is” in the bald recipient scalp.
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