Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Dr. Yael Halaas offers Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) in her NYC office.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive hair transplant technique that was developed to treat areas of thinning hair. The procedure requires extracting follicular units (individually) from a donor area, using an automated extraction tool. There are no linear scars left, or any stitches needed.

Difference Between FUE and FUG

The two most common methods of hair transplantation are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). The difference between these two techniques is how the donor hair is extracted. In FUE, the hair is extracted directly from the scalp. Where as in FUG, the hair is extracted from tissue that has already been removed from the donor area.

The FUE procedure has some important advantages and disadvantages, in comparison to Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). FUE does not produce any visible scars, which is a significant consideration for men who have short hair. On the other hand, as a result of extracting the hair individually, fewer hairs may be transplanted in a single session. If your hair restoration goal requires a high number of grafts, you are likely to require more sessions of FUE than you would with FUG. Also, if multiple FUE procedures are performed, on one individual area, the donor area may begin to thin. FUE is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process of FUE that tends to be significantly more expensive than FUG.

Finally, you should be aware that not all patients are candidates for FUE. It can be very difficult to remove unharmed follicular units from certain patient’s scalps. As a result, a greater portion of the grafts may not be intact, as opposed to being removed using FUG. At the beginning of each FUE procedure, a small sample of extractions, or a “test procedure”, is attempted to determine if the patient is a good candidate for this type of procedure.

How Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is Performed

Just like Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG), the hair is extracted from a donor area, which is generally resistant to Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL). The hair is then transplanted into the affected area, one hair at a time, using natural graft placement. This ensures that the transplant grows with the patient’s natural hair growth pattern.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Healing Process

The FUE procedure is minimally invasive, with no large incisions or sutures, making recovery faster and relatively easy.
To determine which method might be best for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Yael Halaas at her NYC office. She will evaluate your hair loss, discuss your goals, and help you weigh the risks and benefits of your many options.

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