It’s Time To Find Out What You’ve Been Missing
Did you know that FUE hair transplants are fast becoming the most requested hair restoration solution for both men and women? You may come across the term FUE in NYC and wonder about some of the claims its promoters make. For instance, is it true that FUE is scar less? And, what does FUE stand for anyway?
Hair transplant procedures are designed to transfer healthy, growing hair from one area of the head to another. The donor hair grafts are usually taken from the back and side of the scalp because this is where the most DHT resistant hairs tend to be. They resist falling out due to genetic male pattern baldness and so have better staying power when they are transplanted. In the past, the most common method to obtain hair follicles for transplant was through removal of a strip of scalp from the back of the head. This tissue was dissected under microscope to separate small hair grafts containing a few hair follicles each. These were then implanted into the recipient areas. This method is called FUT, which stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE, on the other hand, stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, and rather than removing a donor scalp strip, In NYC, FUE utilizes an automated robotic system with a hand-held device that punches a tiny follicular graft out of the scalp, one or two at a time. Because the punch is so small, no obvious, linear incisions or scars are needed. The implantation of grafts remains the same with this advanced new method; each graft is carefully placed according to hair direction, appropriate density and angle. The “take rate” for FUE transplanted hair follicles is quite high – upwards of 90% and this means that more of the hairs placed in balding areas with this method will stay and grow, permanently.