What is FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction, more commonly referred to as FUE, is one of the two modern hair transplant techniques. FUE is a minimally invasive hair restoration option that demands skill and precision to achieve the best result.
How FUE works
FUE works by extracting naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs, and transplanting these to the area of the scalp – typically the area that is balding.
Surgeons will first work to remove groups of between one and four hairs. These groups of hairs are typically extracted from the sides of the head or back of the neck, using a specialised extraction instrument less than 1mm in diameter. These follicles are then transferred to the recipient area of the scalp and implanted using a powerful stereo microscope.
We take great care to implant the hairs at the correct angle to mimic the old hair, just as it would naturally grow.
What is the difference between FUE and FUT?
The difference between FUE and FUT is that during FUT the surgeon removes an entire strip of donor skin from the back of the head and extracts the hair follicles from this strip. However, in FUE, the individual follicles are taken directly from the scalp.
In FUT, the entire strip of the hair is harvested in one go and then dissected into individual follicles later. This leaves a very distinctive and noticeable lateral scar along the back of the head.
During FUE, groups of between one and four hairs are individually extracted from the scalp and transplanted to the new area of the scalp, trying to mimic the pattern of the hair that used to grow there. This leaves little to no noticeable scarring on the scalp.
When it comes to recovery time, there is also a noticeable difference between FUE and FUT. In FUE hair transplants, there is minimal bleeding, and recovery is usually complete within seven days. However, during FUT, as an entire strip of the scalp has been excised, it often takes weeks for the scars to heal over.
The results of FUE hair transplants far outweigh the results of FUT hair transplants, leaving a high-quality, natural finish to the hair.
Is FUE right for me?
It can be hard to know if FUE is right for you, or even if you are a good candidate for FUE hair transplantation. One of the things that you need for FUE is a healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head, in order to serve as a donor area for follicles to be harvested from. Other factors, such as hair colour, texture and waviness or curliness may also affect the cosmetic result.
The quickest way to find out if FUE is right for you is to book a consultation. We can easily help you with any questions, and determine whether or not you would be a good candidate for FUE.
Does FUE hurt?
FUE is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is administered under local anaesthetic, pain is minimised and most patients do not feel anything at all. You will be conscious for the entire time that the procedure is administered.
There will be some mild discomfort during the recovery process, but this only lasts around seven days. The risk of complications as a result of FUE is also extremely low.
The results of an FUE hair transplant
FUE is widely known to be the best hair transplant technique currently around. What makes FUE so remarkable is the way hairs are implanted: experienced specialists carefully map your hair growth before implantation so they know where and on what angle to place each follicle.
It’s an exacting process that takes a lot of experience and expertise, but we believe the result is worth it: with a successful FUE transplant, donor hair grows, moves and feels the way it used to. This is the highest-quality hair transplant available.
As this is your natural hair, just moved from place to place, it will grow exactly as normal hair and is permanent. There is no need for pills and potions, just enjoy your natural hair.