Follicular Unit Extraction is commonly referred to as FUE. It definitely has significant advantages and disadvantages listed below. It is a process in which a sterile surgical punch about one millimeter in diameter is used to extract Follicular Units (FU) from the donor area usually located in the back of the scalp known as the occipital area. These FU are then transplanted in the desired area of hair transplantation. FUE has been around for a couple decades. In comparison, the Strip Method has been around for several decades. Both the Strip method and the FUE method ultimately produce grafts that are inserted in the same manner in the recipient (balding) area.
With any surgical incision in the skin, the FUE method of harvesting grafts produces many tiny round scars, less than 1mm in diameter. The biggest advantage of the FUE procedure is that you can wear your hair very short (about a #2 clipper or longer) and still be able to camouflage the FUE harvesting scars. This is valuable for military personnel and people who wish to wear their hair very short. The recovery time for the FUE procedure is much quicker and less painful and there are no sutures to remove.
However, a disadvantage of the FUE method is that it moves/transplants less hair for each hair transplant session and that MFU (Multiple Follicular Unit) grafts can only be obtained with the strip method. Another big disadvantage of the FUE method is that in most facilities, hair transplant technicians are performing this procedure without appropriate guidance and supervision from physicians. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery has written a position statement regarding this matter: “Non Physicians Performing FUE Procedures”. Dr. Zacco performs and directly oversees all FUE procedures performed at AZ Hair Restoration. During FUE procedures, Dr. Zacco inserts all grafts.
At AZ Hair Restoration, our patients benefit from all techniques being available and often multiple procedures are combined into one hair transplant, thus providing you with the highest quality of hair transplantation. Dr. Zacco is the only hair transplant surgeon in North Carolina that provides you with all options at one facility. During your free consultation, Dr. Zacco and you will create an individualized hair restoration plan for you. For your convenience, we provide a free consultation via Face Time, Skype, or at either of our locations. It’s simple, contact us and we will be happy to schedule or perform a free hair restoration consultation.
Dr. Arthur Zacco
6400 Creedmoor Rd Ste #104
Raleigh, NC 27613
410 E Williams St
Apex, NC 27502