Since the early days of hair transplantation, doctors have been trying to find ways to improve their techniques and methods. In the early 90s, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) became the standard. It was fast and relatively inexpensive. It wasn’t perfect though, as it usually left scarring and required longer recovery with more potent medic
ations. But recently Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) has become the go to method for those who qualify.
The FUE method is much less invasive and brings with it a near scarless surgery. The method involves individually implanting follicle units as opposed to large strips as is done with FUT. The method is more time consuming but in experienced hands the implanted hair will have a more natural appearance.
In addition to less scarring, the fact the hair is implanted individually means the doctor can put it in at the right angle and depth to better match the natural hair. The FUE method is great for patients who want to wear their hair short because of the lack of scars and the shorter recovery period.
Doctors love the FUE method because it requires less manpower to do it, with only one doctor and a couple of assistants needed. The graft preparation is minimal and less equipment is needed.
For both patients and doctors the innovation of FUE for hair loss sufferers has been remarkable. It’s an option that now allows more people to take advantage of treatment and fend off hair loss or alopecia.