Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a technique used for gaining donor hair for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), where separate follicular units are harvested directly from the donor area, without the need for a linear incision. In this hair restoration procedure, a 1-mm punch is used to make a small incision in the skin around the upper part of the follicular unit, which is then extracted directly from the scalp.
Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction are sometimes viewed as being two totally different procedures. FUE, in fact, is a type of FUT where the follicular units are taken directly from the scalp, rather than being microscopically separated from a strip that has already been removed. To say it another way, in Follicular Unit Transplantation, individual follicular units can be obtained in one of two ways; either through single-strip harvesting
and stereo-microscopic dissection, or through FUE.
Therefore, when comparisons are made between FUT and FUE, what is really being compared is the way the follicular grafts are gained (i.e. strip harvesting and dissection vs. direct extraction) rather than placed into the scalp. However, the harvesting technique does have implications for the procedure such as the transection (damage) rate, distribution of follicular units, number of grafts persession, post-op care and the total graft yield.
Because FUE does not leave a linear scar, it may be appropriate for patients who want to wear their hair very short. The procedure is also good for those who have healed poorly from traditional strip harvesting or who have a very tight scalp. Possibly the most important function of this technique is to camoufl age a widened linear donor scar from a previous hair transplant procedure. In this technique, hair is extracted from the area around a linear donor scar and then placed directly into it.
Patients differ signifi cantly with respect to the ease in which follicular units can be removed from the scalp. In some patients, extraction results in unacceptable levels of transaction (damage due to cut hair follicles). While the FUE has grown in popularity, largely due to the minimally invasive way, the standard strip excision method is still the most popular hair transplant procudure
For more information regarding FUE or any other hair loss treatments please contact:
Absolute Hair Clinic The Royal Place, Tesco Lotus
Intersection, 96/39 moo 1. Chalermprakiat Rama 9 Road, Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand
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