Hair transplantation is essentially a two-part procedure. In the first part, hairs are taken from the donor region of your scalp, the back of the head where hairs are typically resistant to male pattern baldness. In the second part of the procedure, these hairs are transplanted into the balding areas. The two leading methods of hair transplantation, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) are essentially the same when it comes to the second part of the procedure. What’s different about FUE is that it uses a relatively new method of extracting donor hairs. While the most popular method of hair extraction, Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) excises thin strips of hair
from the donor region and then dissects these strips into individual grafts, FUE extracts these individual grafts directly, one at a time. Using a very small circular tool, the doctor makes a tiny punch around each follicular unit consisting of one, two, three, or four hairs. While FUG leaves long, thin scars that are difficult to detect, even on close inspection, FUE leaves only tiny circular marks that are typically undetectable. With FUE, there are no sutures or bandages. The FUE procedure has some important advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other leading method, Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). It produces no visible scars—potentially an important consideration for men who wear their hair very short. However, if multiple FUE procedures are performed on the same individual there can be a general thinning appearance in the donor area. Also, because the FUE procedure is minimally invasive with no large incisions or sutures, recovery is faster than with FUG.
FUE Hair Transplant Before And After Photos of Patient 1
There are, however, some downsides to FUE. For one thing, because of the exacting nature of the one-at-a-time method of hair transplantation, fewer hairs can be transplanted in a single session. If your hair restoration goal requires a very high number of grafts, you might require more sessions of FUE than you might if we used FUG. As another consequence of FUE’s time-consuming, labor-intensive process, FUE can be significantly more expensive than FUG. As a final consideration, you should be aware that not all patients are candidates for FUE. It can be very difficult to remove intact follicular units from certain patient’s scalps and as a results, a greater portion of these grafts may be damaged than if they’d been removed using FUG. At the beginning of each FUE procedure a small sample of extractions is attempted to determine if the patient is a good candidate for this type of procedure. To determine which method might be best for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Charles. He will evaluate your hair loss, discuss your goals, and help you weigh the risks and benefits of your many options.