Written by Dr. Halaas
Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE is one of the two surgical procedures used in hair restoration to harvest the hair follicles for placement to the thinning areas of the scalp. The other is Follicular Unit Graft/Grafting or FUG.
Hair transplant procedures are performed to replace loss of density or fill in patchy areas of baldness.
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When the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique is used hair is taken from the donor site in naturally growing individual groups of 1, 2, or 3 hair follicles. This process utilizes a very small circular tool that creates a tiny punch around each grouping and removes it for placement in the recipient site.
After harvesting the pre-determined amount of hair follicles needed for transplant, the grafts are placed in prepared recipient sites in the natural direction of hair growth to restore hair loss. Generally single graft units are placed at the hairline, 2-hair grafts a little further back and so on. Placing the grafts in this manner will result in a natural-appearing outcome.
The donor site for gathering hair for transplant is on the back of the head, where the hair follicles are resistant to male pattern baldness traits. Following the FUE method of extraction, only tiny, barely perceptible, circular scars will be present in the donor site area. No bandages are necessary and when healed no linear scars will be detectable.
If a significant amount of grafts have to be harvested, this may not be able to be accomplished in a single session, and multiple procedures would then be required.
Contact Dr. Yael Halaas for a consultation at her New York City office if you are considering a hair transplant procedure.
Dr. Halaas will gather information, examine the areas of hair loss, ensure that your expectations are realistic and answer all your questions.
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