Follicular Unit Extraction

No Stitches No Scalpels No Pain

FUE or follicular unit extraction surgery is proving to be popular because of the minimally invasive nature of this type of procedure. The are no scalpels, sutures, staples or pain involved in this type of surgery .The procedure, typically, involves shaving the area at the back of the head, known as the donor area and once the follicular units are visible, these are then cherry picked to be extracted. Usually the units with the most follicles are chosen for removal. This allows us to maximize the number of follicles per graft excised. The average number of follicles per graft is considerably greater with this technique than with traditional strip harvesting and microscopic dissection.

Once each follicular unit is extracted it is passed on to technicians so that each graft is then trimmed of excess tissue and rendered to be the perfect size for our custom recipient sites. There are multiple modifications possible with the FUE technique such as unshaven FUE, where only the follicular units to be extracted are shaven and the surrounding hair is left longer. In this way the entire donor site appears unchanged with no evidence of a procedure apparent. This technique takes longer but offers the advantage of no visible sign of having undergone a hair transplant procedure and is suitable for individuals requiring zero postoperative downtime.

Donar area post procedure image




Hairs grow in natural groupings of one to four hairs. In FUE, individual groupings (graft units) are extracted using a surgical punch-tool.  The punch tool is positioned over the hair where it emerges from the scalp, then aligned with the direction of the hair growth and inserted, creating a round incision.  Whether the incision was created manually or by robotic assistance, the graft unit it extracted by hand.

This technique requires expert precision and a medical team that is highly trained and very experienced, to ensure minimal transection of the follicles during the process of excision . The Hair Transplant International panel of doctors offer, collectively, over 50 years experience with the HRI team, performing in excess of 1200 FUE procedures per annum, with over 20000 completed procedures to date. 

A Summary of the advantages of FUE

  • No stitches; donor area appears mostly unchanged within days

  • Natural-looking and permanent results

  • State-of-the-art minimally invasive technique

  • Simple outpatient procedure

  • Fast recovery; many patients return to work the next day

Your step-by-step FUE treatment

While no two FUE procedures are ever exactly identical, they do follow the same essential steps from start to finish.

  • The HTI panel of doctors specialising in FUE procedures  are able to safely transplant up to 4500 follicular unit grafts in a single session  . It is generally possible and subject to the donor area  to carry out two FUE sessions on consecutive days in order to achieve higher numbers

  • In most cases the entire donor area will need to be shaved.

  • The procedure is carried out under local anesthetic.

  • Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the procedure begins with the extraction of the follicular unit grafts – this is done manually or mechanically using 0.8mm – 1.0mm ‘drill bits’ and a variety of other equipment.

  • Eventually, instead of a linear donor scar, this will leave a large number of very small dot scars

  • The entire procedure is very clean and, when complete, no bandages or dressings are required in most cases

  • Due to the nature of the technique, there may be a higher rate of hair transection and, therefore, potential wastage.

  • FUE grafts can also be more vulnerable due to the fact that there tends to be less protective tissue around the roots – extra care is necessary when you leave the clinic to ensure graft survival

  • With the experience and expertise provided by the HRI panel of FUE doctors results are undetectable – even under the closest scrutiny.

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