What is FUE?

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant technique that can treat baldness and restore healthy hair growth. Dr. Yael Halaas, a double board-certified surgeon with 17 years of hair restoration experience, recommends hair transplants for those looking for a lasting solution to hair loss. 

With the FUE technique, healthy hair follicle units are taken from the back of the head and then strategically implanted where hair growth is desired. FUE is ideal for individuals who want to wear their hair short, because this technique doesn’t leave a long scar on the back of the head (as follicular unit transplantation/grafting does). 

Dr. Halaas: FUE hair transplant surgeon

Dr. Halaas is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in NYC, and is the number one female facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration on the East Coast. She provides FUE hair transplants in Westchester and NYC to patients who want to improve receding hairlines, bald spots, and thinning hair.

How follicular unit extraction works

The FUE hair transplant technique removes healthy hair from the donor site in naturally-growing individual groups of 1-3 hair follicles.

This process is accomplished by using a very small circular tool that creates a tiny punch around each grouping in order to remove it. Because of the special tool used, only tiny circular scars — barely visible — will be left behind. No bandages are necessary, and once healed, there will be no long linear scar. As part of the process, the patient’s hair will need to be shaved buzz-cut style, which enables the easy transplantation of the hair follicles.

After removing the pre-determined amount of hair follicles needed for the FUE hair transplant, the follicles are implemented into the recipient sites (where new hair is needed) in the natural pattern and direction of hair growth.

Typically, single graft units are placed at the hairline; two-hair grafts are placed a little further back, and so on. Placing the grafts in this manner will result in a very natural-appearing outcome. Dr. Halaas is a highly skilled surgeon who works with the utmost precision and the finest instruments to ensure the optimal viability of the follicular units and the smallest incisions and scars.

If a significant amount of hair follicles need to be removed, it may not be possible to finish the entire procedure in a single session. If this is the case, multiple procedures will be required.

Candidates for follicular unit extraction

If you’re considering FUE hair transplants in NYC or Westchester, you may be the perfect candidate. Those who make excellent patients for this procedure are individuals who:

  • Have both bald areas and a donor site with enough healthy hair to extract 
  • Would like the option to wear a short haircut after the procedure
  • Want to hide a linear scar from a past hair transplant
  • Are in general good health 
  • Have realistic expectations for what FUE can accomplish

Dr. Halaas is talented, honest, attentive, friendly. She took a lot of time to answer all of my questions. Surgery was so smooth, and after the surgery, I felt zero pain, zero discomfort…I did not even feel that I had been through the surgery. I recommend Dr. Halaas to anyone and everyone.


Key benefits of FUE

  • Natural-looking 
  • No scalpel, stitches, or staples 
  • Can be done under local anesthesia
  • Permanent results
  • No linear scar at the donor site
  • More plentiful donor supply
  • Quick recovery process 
  • Complications are extremely rare
Transplant Method Comparison Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Follicular Unit Grafting/Transplant (FUG/FUT)
Harvesting method Follicular units are extracted individually Strip of tissue is removed and then cut into individual follicular units
Procedure time Time intensive process that may require multiple appointments More time efficient than FUE
Graft survival Very high graft survival rate (around 90%) For most patients, 90% or greater graft survival rate
Scarring Minimal, barely detectable scarring Linear scar left at donor site

What results to expect from FUE

The transplanted hair follicles will remain in their new position for approximately 2-3 weeks, at which point they will shed. This is a completely normal part of the hair re-growth process. Once the new hairs fall out, brand-new growth will begin in 3-4 months, and from this point on, the hair will grow normally. 

  • 7-10 days: The circle-shaped incisions will heal, and you may resume using topical hair products.
  • 1-5 weeks: The newly transplanted hairs will shed.
  • 4 months: Brand-new hair growth becomes visible. 
  • 8-12 months: Restoration! Your new hair will be fully grown in, and growing at a normal rate. 

Dr. Halaas


After an FUE hair transplant, most patients can return to normal activities within two days. However, rigorous exercise should be avoided for about a week. Patients can expect some redness and mild discomfort of the donor and recipient sites. These symptoms are temporary, and the small transplant wounds typically heal within 1-2 weeks.

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