Follicular Unit ExtractionThe most important difference between Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the Strip Method is the technique used for extracting the follicular units. With FUE, a specialized punch with less than 1mm diameter is used to extract the hair from the scalp. The main advantage of this technique is that follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp rather than in larger groups, which obviates the utilization of scalpel and stitching.
FUE was seen as a technological breakthrough in surgical technique when it was introduced to the hair surgery market in 2002. Previously potential candidates for hair transplant surgery were concerned that with the strip method a straight scar could be left on the back of their head so they no longer had the option of shaving their head or having a particularly short haircut. The beauty of the FUE technique is in the hands of our expert surgeons there is no visible scarring. We have pioneered the use of Follicular Unit Extraction since 2009 as one of the very first clinics in Hyderabad to offer the procedure.
On the left you can see a simple diagram showing how follicular unit extraction happens. A punch of under 1mnn diameter is placed in the skin to the depth of the hair’s root allowing the Hair Transplant Surgeon to remove the hair from the skin without causing damage.
This new non-invasive technique is offered by very few hair transplantation clinics in Hyderabad. The reason is that very few hair transplantsurgeons are able to master this difficult technique because FUE requires special know-how and correct practice from the medical team in order to complete this procedure in a way to produce results.
It is the ideal technique for patients who want to shave their heads since it leaves no visible scarring in the donor area.
The procedure begins with local anesthesia of the hair transplant donor area.The extracted units are immediately transferred to technical members of the medical team for processing of the grafts. They make microscopic quality checks then separate and sort the follicular units.The final stage of the procedure is opening the recipient areas and placing the grafts.
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Our surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in these techniques.
- Hairline Design
- Site Making
- Cleaning of Grafts Under Microscope
- Storage of Grafts
- Graft Distribution
- Post Op Care
The photos below will help you to understand better the FUE technique
In this photo you can see the sites that have just been created by using a 0.75mm punch. You can also see the sites that have been punched the previous day, 20 hours after surgery. The healing of these sites is amazing. After a few days it will extremely difficult to notice that the patient has undergone hair extraction from this area.
In this photo you can see the harvested follicular units with 0.75 mm punch. Notice the follicular units are intact with a very low transection rate and with the proper amount of sebaceous material to protect the grafts and generate new arrectorpili muscles and oil glands after being moved to the recipient site-area.
These follicular units have been harvested with same punch size as above. They are all single Follicular Units and they are to be placed on the hairline where we only use singles. They are intact with all the necessary tissue to give them an excellent growth in a few months
Candidates who choose the FUE technique usually belong to at least one of the following categories:
- People who plan to shave their heads or wear a really short hairstyle
- People who want shorter sessions of 1,400 grafts or less
- People who consider FUE a more advanced technique
- People who want to increase their donor resources by combining FUE and Strip
- People who fear surgery
- Ideal for moustache or eyebrow replacement