FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) consists of harvesting the follicular units, one by one, directly from the donor area of the scalp, with a microapparatus, without leaving visible scars. Through stereoscopic microscopes, a team of nurses prepares these grafts to place them one by one in the patient’s bald area. Previously, local anesthesia is performed in the donor and recipient areas (bald).
– Minimally Invasive
– Leaves no scars visible on the scalp
– No points
– Fast recovery
– It can be associated with other techniques
– Repair unsightly surgeries
– You have the possibility of gigassessions
– It presents natural and definitive results
– Less amount of grafts in a session
– Greater difficulty in execution
– Longer surgical time
– Higher cost
– Need to shave the whole head in the event of megasession
– Professional experience with the FUE technique
– Inadequate or non-specific equipment
– Inadequate or insufficient donor area
– Unrealistic expectations of the patient
– Inadequate surgical conditions
Punctate crusts form in the recipient area and fall spontaneously in a period of 7 to 10 days. Scalp lavage is performed in the clinic the day after surgery, after removal of the protective bandage. Then, at home, the patient will be able to wash it only on the 5th day after surgery. In this technique there are no stitches to remove. After 7 days, the shaved hair from the donor area grows and disappears any signs of surgery on the spot.
During the surgery there is no pain because it is performed with a local anesthetic in the surgical area and the patient is sleeping throughout the procedure. FUE is a minimally invasive technique, but in the postoperative period there may be some discomfort, which is easily controlled with the use of common analgesics. A mild swelling of the face after the 3rd day of surgery may also occur.
The return to day-to-day activities is released 2 days after surgery. Sports activities can be performed 7 days after the procedure.
The number of sessions will depend on the extent of the area to be covered, that is, the degree of baldness. In some cases, 1 session is enough, but several surgeries may be performed. This estimate will be established during the consultation, after the complete analysis of the situation of each patient.
As the collection is performed unitarily in the donor area, the FUE has longer surgical time than the other techniques. Partial FUE lasts approximately 6 hours. The FUE Total, to cover the entire bald area, lasts from 8 to 10 hours.
Yes, anyone can do the FUE as long as it is in proper clinical condition and has a donor area (lateral and posterior head) with good density to harvest the “seedlings”. About 5% of the population presents this area with very low density, making surgery impossible.
The definitive hair is born in 3 months and grows 1 cm per month. After 8 months we have the final result.
What is the technical difference that makes FUE a natural result, unlike the "doll hair" aspect seen before?
The result “doll hair” happens when the punch technique is used, in which 8 to 14 threads are transplanted in each graft. In the case of FUE, the Follicular Units are transplanted one by one into each hole, thus producing a natural aesthetic.
Old or present “doll hair” surgery, surgeries with gross or unsightly results for some reason, or even patients with a partially compromised donor area with scars from previous surgeries can be repaired with FUE, which will restore the natural esthetics of Hair and will not leave any more scars in the donor area.
Yes. With the FUE technique, it was uncomplicated to perform the transplantation in small areas such as: eyebrows, mustache, cutlet, eyelashes and scars on the scalp due to accidents, trauma or surgical sequelae. Most of these cases are resolved quickly with one or two FUE sessions.