Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant method without visible scarring. In this method, the surgeon extracts the individual follicular unit grafts through a two- or three-step procedure. The video above goes into great detail about what FUE is and how it works.
In FUE hair transplant, the surgeon uses micropunches sized 0.6-0.8 mm, resulting in very small scars.
However, this method is slower since each unit has to be taken out individually. Aside from that, the patient needs to be under local anesthesia for the procedure. Most importantly, the patient must have a positive FOX test to start the procedure. During the FOX test, the surgeon removes 100 grafts from the dermis area. Only if these follicles are entirely extractable, will the patient be considered a candidate for FUE. The surgeon also ensures complete eligibility, including past surgeries and illnesses.
The FUE hair transplant method has undergone advancements, including follicular isolation techniques and robotics. Additionally, the patient can choose to use body hair for added density and coverage. FUE is safe, affordable, and requires less recovery time than traditional hair transplant methods. However, it’s always better for the patient to weigh their options before deciding on a procedure.