Follicular hair extraction which is know as FUE is hair extraction technique used in hair transplant. On contrary to common belief, FUE is not the entire hair transplant process. It is the first step of the operation.
After extracting hairs with this technique, a suitable implant technique should be selected. Slit and Sapphire are two hair implant techniques. In both of these implanting method, channels are opened to recipient area. While surgeon’s blade is used in Slit, diamond tipped blades are used in Sapphire.
How Is Follicular Hair Extraction Applied?
If you have decided to have a hair transplant, you might be wondering how follicular hair extraction is applied. Before this operation, local anaesthesia is applied to your scalp. If the patient is extremely sensitive for pain, general anaesthesia might be applied. But this an extremely rare practices.
After local anaesthesia, doctors uses special hand held devices called FUE punch to extract the hair. This punch has super sharp tip to extract the hair grafts without damaging the hair roots. For this reason, this punch is made from titanium. This tool enables precise control for the doctor. This way, hair roots are collected and prepared for the implanting process.
Difference Between FUE and FUT
FUT – follicular unit transplant – was among the first hair transplant methods. When hair transplant first emerged, this method was popular. However, it is almost impossible to see this practice. Compared to follicular hair extraction, FUT leaves a scar tissue at the back of the head.
In FUT technique, hair is collected as a strip from donor area. Later, donor area is stitched. This stitching leaves a mark on your scalp. For this reason and due to longer recovery times, FUT is not preferred by doctors. On the other hand, FUE decreases recovery time and increases success rate of the operations.