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Hair Transplant: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)


What is FUE?

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant technique that can treat baldness and restore hair. Dr. Yael Halaas, New York Board Certified facial plastic surgeon with 17 years of hair restoration experience, recommends hair transplants for those looking for a lasting solution to hair loss. Dr. Halaas uses Neograft, one of the most advanced technologies in hair restoration, which allows her and the technician to place hair follicles individually to replicate the natural contour of the hairline with less time between harvesting and placement, ensuring new successful growth.

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Who is the ideal candidate for FUE?

The ideal candidate has bald areas and donor site with enough healthy hair to extract. A hair transplant can ameliorate the aesthetic effects of hair loss, but patients should be realistic about outcomes. A FUG may be more appropriate for those looking to achieve hair density faster with a single procedure.

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What is the difference between FUE and FUG hair transplant procedures?

The two main hair restoration methods–Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)–are effective techniques and both can produce excellent results. Dr. Halaas has expertise in the two techniques and performs them regularly at her NYC practice. The major difference between the two is how the healthy follicles are extracted and transferred to the bald area.

Transplant Method Comparison Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)
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 at donor site



The Benefits and Risks of FUE

There are many benefits of the FUE technique, including:

  • Permanent, natural-looking hair restoration
  • No linear scars at the donor site
  • More plentiful donor supply (individual follicle harvesting increases extraction sites)
  • Quick healing process allowing patients to return to normal activities the next day

Complications are extremely rare, but there is the possibility of infection.

What Is No-Shave FUE or Long Hair FUE?

When it comes to hair transplants, Dr. Halaas’ New York patients prefer the most natural look. This is why our No-Shave FUE procedure perfectly compliments our Advanced FUE techniques. While normally FUE requires the donor area to be buzzed cut or shaved, some patients prefer to keep their current hair style.

With the No-Shave FUE technique, NYC hair restoration expert Dr. Halaas and her team shorten individual hair follicles one by one before harvesting them. She does not cut the rest of the hair in the donor area. The surrounding longer hair covers each extraction well, serving to hide the surgical process.

What benefits are there to the No-Shave FUE Method?

  • In our NYC and Westchester offices, the No-Shave FUE method helps patients get back to normal activities faster
  • It hides harvested donor sites
  • It is great for men and women with scarring from previous hair transplant procedures, as linear scars will not be visible
  • You can enjoy a natural, post-transplant appearance

People affected by scars from previous hair restoration, who exhibit male or female pattern baldness, thinning eyebrows and high hairlines will obtain the best results with complete privacy with a No-Shave FUE treatment by Dr. Halaas.

A New Gold Standard – No-Shave FUE Treatments

Since FUE is a delicate and lengthy procedure, very few hair transplant doctors have the know-how and dedication to offer No-Shave FUE. At our NYC and Westchester offices, patients enjoy premium service in a comfortable, relaxing environment. You can relax in a comfortable lounge chair while you watch your favorite show on cable or Netflix. We are also happy to provide our patients with a specially catered lunch, as procedures often start in the morning and are completed in the afternoon.

Call our office today, chat with us or send an email to learn more about No-Shave FUE.

How is FUE performed?

An FUE is a state-of-the-art procedure in which a fine surgical tool is used to extract follicular units one at a time. The device makes small circular incisions around the follicular unit and pulls it from the scalp. Small punctures are made in bald area and the follicular units are individually placed in the small tissue openings. Dr. Yael 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.

What is the recovery process?

After a 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.

Scheduling Your FUE Consultation with Dr. Halaas, NYC

Dr. Yael Halaas, a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Art History graduate from Columbia College specializes in hair restoration and will provide you will a natural looking, permanent hair restoration procedure. Contact her office to schedule your comprehensive hair restoration consultation.

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“With any cosmetic proceedure you must pay before or the day of. Dr.Halaas and staff are very attentive to your needs and I having been going to her for 6yrs. She is truly the best.”

“Dr. Halaas and her team are very sweet and professional. I love the office space and the music. I really appreciate how honest Dr. Halaas is. She has a conservative approach, and keeps me looking like myself but better!”

“With any cosmetic proceedure you must pay before or the day of. Dr.Halaas and staff are very attentive to your needs and I having been going to her for 6yrs. She is truly the best.”

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