Touted as one of the most natural hair transplant techniques for a reason, follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a popular choice for treating hair loss and baldness in men. FUE follows an intricate process in which follicles are extracted from the back of the head one at a time.
This technique makes for a non-invasive and virtually painless experience. Your assigned hair transplant doctor will use a surgical punch or other device to make a small circular incision in the skin to extract follicular units from the scalp. The follicles extracted from the donor area are then transplanted in the recipient area (hair loss area).
What happens in a follicular unit extraction treatment?
During the procedure, hair loss patients are awake as it is virtually painless with the use of local anesthesia. After local anesthesia is administered, the donor area will be extensively shaved in order to harvest an optimal number of grafts.
A special device is used to make tiny (less than one millimeter) circular excisions around clumps of up to four hairs from the donor area (back of the head). Follicular units are extracted from the donor site because the hairs found in the back of the head are genetically designed to not fall out as they restore this quality when they are transplanted.
After the follicles are removed, they are gently implanted in small slits in the balding areas to recreate a full and natural hairline. There are no sutures required with this technique. The tiny puncture sites heal on their own, leaving barely noticeable tiny scars scattered throughout the donor zone.