FUE Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair naturally grows in follicular units that typically contain 1 to 4 hairs. Follicular Unit Extraction, often called FUE, is an advanced hair transplant procedure in which each follicular unit is removed separately instead of in strips of hair bearing skin. Men and women visit Dr. Shim Ching for FUE hair transplant surgery in Honolulu, Hawaii, to restore their own natural hair to bald or thinning areas with minimal downtime.
Contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Ching to find out if hair restoration surgery in Hawaii is right for you.
There are many advantages to the FUE technique for hair restoration over traditional transplantation, including:
- Your recovery time is quicker than with traditional hair transplants
- FUE is minimally invasive, reducing any surgical risks to you
- Hair donor areas are left with virtually undetectable scars
- Post-surgery pain in your donor area is minimal
- You have fewer limitations during the 1st week(s) after surgery
- Regrowth of hair in donor area happens quickly, making any bruising almost unnoticeable
- Less hair can be harvested than with strip methods
- The cost is much higher than with traditional harvesting techniques
- The extraction of hair is difficult, requiring a surgeon and team with specialized skills and experience.
How a FUE Hair Transplant Is Performed
The advances and unique benefits of the FUE method of hair transplant surgery come from the system of hair follicle extraction it uses.
The follicular unit grafts are taken from the donor area using a specialized punch that is less than 1 millimeter in diameter. Extracting a follicular unit involves a multi-step process. First, a small punch is used to cut the skin surrounding the unit. Then another, duller punch is used to go further down into the tissue.
The duller punch is used to prevent severing the follicular unit below the skin. Instead, it separates the unit from the tissue while keeping it completely intact as it’s taken from the donor area. This ensures that the hair follicle has the greatest growth potential possible.
A small hole is left after this is done, but it heals over in the next few days after surgery. In addition, this extremely tiny wound actually contracts during the healing process. This ensures that any scar that remains is virtually undetectable once your hair grows out.
This is a major advance over the traditional strip excision hair transplantation method and the long, linear scar it produces.
The FUE hair transplantation method, with its direct extraction from the scalp, means there is little, if any, use of a scalpel or need for stitches.
The FUE patient’s donor area also heals much quicker than those undergoing the strip excision method. This means a quicker return to your routine and less disruption to your life.