FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

Surgical hair restoration is a field of medicine that is constantly evolving as the result of physicians constantly seeking to meet the needs of their patients.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of obtaining donor hair one graft at a time for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedures and one of those innovations that has been developed to give an alternative harvesting technique for patients who are looking for an option other than the traditional strip method. At Ziering Medical, we offer both manual FUE and Robotic FUE with the ARTAS robot.  To read more about Robotic FUE, click here

Patients who are concerned about having a linear scar, who want to wear their hair very short or whose scalp is too tight for strip harvesting, are typically good candidates for FUE procedures. These are the patients that physicians had in mind when they were developing FUE as viable option and alternative.

Manual FUE Post Op Photos

One Day Post-Op

One Week Post-Op

Unlike the strip method in which only the precise donor strip is shaved and a linear incision made with the grafts being microscopically dissected from that strip, FUE requires that the donor zone, typically the back and sides of the head, be shaved and the follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp, one graft at a time.

The follicular units are taken from the known donor area by using a .8mm to 1mm punch, making a circular incision around the top of the follicular units and removing the follicular units directly from the scalp. Once the donor hair is harvested, the recipient sites are created by your surgeon and the grafts are placed with the proper angle and direction by the hair surgery technicians, as is with all follicular unit transplantation procedures.

Follicular Unit Extraction Instruments

Follicular Unit Extraction instrumentation and techniques have evolved in recent years. The latest improvements have made FUE more viable, by offering instrumentation capable of harvesting more grafts with less damage and less scarring.

Recent improvements include:

  • Smaller punches that reduce spotty scarring
  • Motorized punches that refine the way Surgeons score the upper layer skin
  • Restricted depth of scoring to better protect the follicular unit grafts
  • Understanding the need to limit excisions in order to prevent obvious scarring

SAFE System for Manual FUE

Ziering Surgeons utilize Dr. Jim Harris’s “SAFE System” instrumentation for Follicular Unit Extraction. The specially designed instrument is a motorized blunt dissection device.

  • Isolates the follicular units from the surrounding scalp area
  • Allows the Surgeon to extract follicular units directly from the scalp
  • Minimizes damage to follicles

FUE has moved forward with the latest technology and techniques and a good result can be achieved in the right patient, though it is certainly not the best option for all. Your Ziering surgeon can help you decide which hair transplant procedure is best for you.

This field of medicine is constantly evolving.  Gone are the days of obvious, “pluggy” results. Ziering Medical is committed to innovating and refining our technology and surgical techniques to provide the most advanced care and outcomes for our patients.  Read more about the history of hair transplantation.