Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from a donor area on the scalp (usually at the back and sides of the head where the hair is plentiful and resistant to 5 dihydrotestosterone (5DHT) and grafting them onto the bald or thinning areas.
The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic minimising risks and downtime.
There is no detectable scarring and, in most cases, patients are able to return to work after a few days with little downtime.
The method uses a specialised punch device, ranging in diameter from 0.6mm – 1mm, to extract follicular units complete with necessary glands. This separates surrounding tissue from the unit, meaning minimum trauma and better results, as well as minimal risk of any detectable scarring.
Transplantation of all the vital elements of each hair follicle means a great survival rate and better growth. The treatment is performed using specially designed instruments, allowing the utmost precision for natural-looking, undetectable results.
Advantages of FUE
FUE is a minimally invasive treatment, carried out under local anaesthetic – many patients either watch TV, or even fall asleep during the procedure. Unlike the Strip (FUT) procedure, you won’t require any stitches after your treatment.
This means that the recovery time is also reduced when compared to the Strip surgery. Results can be undetectable.
Your results will look natural, with denser packing. The hair is implanted in the direction that matches your hair growth, achieving a seamless transition between thinning and denser areas.
Based on the pattern of hair loss, it may not be possible to harvest enough hair follicle with this technique alone and therefore Follicular Unit Transplantation is required.