DONOR HARVESTING – FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTING (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of extracting or removing the donor hair for hair transplantation. Small, circular punches are used to make a round incision in the skin around the follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. The follicular unit graft is then extracted or harvested from the scalp, leaving a small opening, which quickly heals.
The FUE method is different from the strip method as the FUE extraction sites heal in a random pattern of circular scars, which is easier to hide in those patients who prefer to keep their hair very short.
In FUE, various instruments are utilized to extract the grafts from manual hand-held devices, electrical rotary instruments, and most recently, and automated robotic devices.
You usually have the procedure in the doctor’s office. First, the surgeon cleans your scalp and injects medicine to numb the back of your head.
The number and type of graft you get depends on your hair type, quality, color, and the size of the area where you’re getting the transplant.
If you’re getting the FUE procedure, the surgeon’s team will shave the back of your scalp. Then, the doctor will remove hair follicles one by one from there. The area heals with small dots, which your existing hair will cover. Depending on the size of the transplant you’re getting, the process will take about 4 to 8 hours. You might need another procedure later on if you continue to lose hair or decide you want thicker hair.