DONOR HARVESTING – FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (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.
Procedure – How Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is performed
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.
During an FUE transplant, a highly experienced doctor extracts hair follicles from the donor area, typically the back of the neck, using a specialised extraction instrument less than 1mm in diameter. Follicles are then transferred to the recipient area on your scalp and implanted using a powerful stereo microscope in groups of one to four hairs, just as they grow in nature.
This is a Minimally invasive, surgical procedure so you will remain fully conscious the whole time as an only local anaesthetic is required. Recovery time is short and the risk of complications is low.
After the procedure, we will provide you with clear instructions on aftercare, as well as medication and topical treatments to give you the best result possible.