FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
The procedure: Compared to the FUT, FUE is a slightly newer method and has been implemented in Turkey since 2004. It involves the removal or hair follicles one by one from the donor area, by the use of a small, circular punch. The punch may be robotic (micromotor FUE) or operated directly by hand (manuel FUE.) (A small note here: micromotor FUE tool still needs to be managed by hand, so it’s not completely motorized – but more on this later) The grafts then, are placed onto the transplant area.
Pros: As there’s no strip of the scalp removed, the method is less invasive as there’s no scarring and the healing time is faster. Up to 4000-4400 grafts may be harvested in a single operation. The patient may choose to wear their hair short following the operation, if they wish to do so.
Cons: The patient needs to shave their hair prior to the procedure and thus can’t really hide the fact that they’re having a hair transplant. The duration of the operation is 6-8 hours and the doctors may propose to complete the transplant in 2-3 days. Therefore it is also more costly.