Follicular Unit Extraction is a method of harvesting donor grafts. With this method, one follicular unit at a time is removed using a small (0.8 or 1.0mm) punch. These grafts may be harvested with a simple hand tool, a motorized hand engine, (SAFE, Neograft, or PCID systems), or by a physician controlled robotic device.
FUE is a relatively new and revolutionary technique, having only been used for about 11 years, and in common use for only 5 or 6 years. The donor area used for the transplant will be larger than a FUT procedure, and it must be shaved to allow the punch to fit over the hair. The reason for this is that if Dr. Puig would use a very small donor area then it would look empty and the hair would look thin and not lie down naturally. By making the donor area larger, we avoid that.
Using this method, we don’t need to remove a strip from the back of the head. This means, there will be no linear scar or mark in the back of your head and that can be hidden with even the shortest haircuts. Using this method, we are able to give our patients a very natural look.
The FUE punch grafting techniques are very close to the methods used to harvest the plug graft of the 1970’s and 80’s. The entire donor area must be shaved during the procedure to get the grafts out as the harvested grafts must be spaced evenly and as wide apart as possible to create the most natural looking donor area when the hair regrows. Dr. Puig has been performing FUE surgeries for 9 years and has over 40 years of experience with methods such as punch grafting.
Like an FUT procedure, FUE looks just as amazing and completely natural. Both procedures cure hair loss and there is no difference between the results. Sign up for a consultation do that we can determine which type of procedure will work best for you.
An FUE procedure takes a lot less time than an FUT procedure. The revolutionary Choi pen, used by our clinic, makes it easy to puck and plant the roots of the hair to other areas where it will be needed. With FUE, there is no cutting of the skin tissue involved so it takes less time to heal up.
The FUE procedure is the most ideal in the hair transplant world but the FUT is just as good. However, it is important to note that not everyone can co under an FUE procedure. This is highly dependent on your hair type. To determine if FUE is suited for you, schedule a at our office.