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FUE

(Follicular Unit Extraction)

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What is follicular unit extraction (FUE)?

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is another method of obtaining donor hair. After the removal of the hair grafts from the scalp the method of transplantation is identical in both FUT and FUE techniques.

An FUE hair transplant involves the removal of individual follicular units from the donor area on the scalp, one by one, using a blunt-tipped punch tool. This differs from Ultra Refined Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) where a donor strip of skin is taken and the follicular units are dissected from that strip with the aid of a powerful microscope.

The FUE procedure was developed as a result of some patients’ dissatisfaction with the appearance of the donor scar on the back of the head. However, with a proper surgical technique this scar should be virtually invisible.

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FUE: What about scarring?

FUE does result in scarring almost invisible. For some patients that like to wear their hair very short it is a preferable option, FUE scars can be less obvious than the linear scar left from the FUT procedure.

It should be noted that certain advertising by commercial FUE hair clinics has stated that follicular units can be extracted from the scalp with “no stitches, no scars, no pain”. As skin cannot be broken without leaving a scar, however small, this claim is completely false. It should be clearly understood that it is not possible to remove the hair follicle and its root from the scalp without leaving some degree of scarring.

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Duration

4-6 hours

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Costs

From CHF3500

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Aftercare

Yes

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Work

After 7 days