Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Today there are several medical devices designed to extract individual hair follicles from the back of the scalp (known as the donor area). The one most known is the Neograft. Neograft is only brand name of a device that is used to extract a single follicular unit from the donor area. Unlike the standard strip hair transplant method, FUE takes each graft individually from all over the side and back of the scalp. Each individual graft consists of 1, 2, 3 or even 4 hairs. The main goal of this type of procedure is to minimize any scaring to the donor area.
While FUE has grown in popularity, the standard linear strip excision is still the most popular hair transplant procedure being done today. FUE doesn’t need any sutures so there is no donor area that needs to heal and no sutures needed.
Who Would Be a Candidate for FUE?
Patients who might benefit from the FUE transplant procedure would be someone to prefers 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. It is important to be evaluated by a transplant doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for this method or if you would need the strip method of hair transplantation.