FUE Hair Transplant
One of the newest and most talked about methods of hair transplantation is a procedure known as follicular unit extraction and transplantation, commonly referred to as FUE transplantation.
The FUE transplantation procedure in our Edison, New Jersey office involves a different approach to extraction that pinpoints individual follicular grafts from the donor area as opposed to more traditional linear strip extraction. Each follicular unit hair graft, or compact bundle of 1 to 4 hair follicles, replete with oil glands, muscle and connecting tissue is removed individually and transplanted to the affected hair loss area.
This is an excellent procedure for selected patients. The FUE transplant procedure does not result in a linear scar which maybe a serious consideration for those who wear their hair short and wish to avoid a linear excision. Patients with very tight scalps or that have existing donor scarring that cannot be excised may also be good candidates.
Dr. Schwinning personally extracts each graft to assure that he can achieve maximum hair graft survival.
THE FUE PROCEDURE
Unlike the standard single-strip excision, in which the strip is removed from the donor site and then dissected into follicular unit grafts, follicular unit extraction (FUE) takes each graft individually, one by one, from all over the side and back of the scalp. Each graft consists of 1, 2, 3, and sometimes 4 hairs. The main goal of the procedure is to minimize the effects of scarring and utilize donor hair situations previously not operable such as tight scalp or limited scarred donor areas.
While the FUE procedure has grown in popularity, the standard linear strip excision is still the most popular hair transplant procedure. In single-strip excision, the patient is left with a thin, pencil-like linear scar once the donor site is sutured closed. In FUE there is no wound to suture, so the area is left to heal on its own with what some believe as less noticeable scarring and no tightness of the scalp.
TOOLS FOR PERFORMING FUE
There are several manual and mechanical devices to perform FUE including the Artas Robotic machine, Neograft Automated Hair Transplant system, Alphagraft and Safscribe to name a few. These are tools and not procedure types and are only as good as the surgeon operating the device. Graft placement is the same in both FUE and FUT transplantation.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR FUE?
Patients who might benefit from a FUE procedure as opposed to the traditional transplant would be patients who prefer to wear their hair very short in the back or whose donor area is limited due to tightness of the scalp or tend to heal with wide scars after suturing.
Regardless, it is important to meet with the doctor personally to evaluate and address your individual needs, concerns, and expectations. Patients should be aware that though FUE has the potential to minimize the appearance of scarring, it cannot eliminate it entirely.