Many clients wonder what FUE stands for and if involves any surgery or any incisions into the scalp. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Excision which is a combination of incision into the scalp and extraction of the units from the scalp. FUE is also referred to extraction of units using incision made by small punches and then extraction of the units of one to four hair units at one time and then transferring of these units to other parts of the scalp. It is one of two primary methods of harvesting follicular units or grafts from the donor area. This method is an option for donor hair excision individually using different sized punches without having to do a linear incision. There are many people who assume this harvesting method does not require any surgical incisions into the skin. This assumption is not correct. In order to extract any hair or follicular units from the donor area, the punches have to go into the skin and then have the units pulled out. This will form a small circular incision in the donor site. Each unit is extracted one at a time, so in an average FUE hair transplant thousands of small circular incisions need to be made for harvesting of the grafts. Once the hairs are harvested they are then transferred to the areas where the hair is thinning.
The advantage for this method over strip or linear extraction is there is less visible scarring in the donor area after the surgery. So if a patient keeps their hair very short this may be preferred method of harvesting the grafts. However, since this is blind extraction there are many disadvantages. One of the disadvantage to a blind site incision in the donor area is collateral damage to the existing donor hair. This could cause damage to the donor site and also the hair follicles being extracted, thereby resulting in poor growth and limiting the donor hair available for future use. Since hair loss is progressive, if a client is young and continues to lose hair, then the donor hair will be limited for any secondary procedure in the future. In addition, for clients with curly hair, a patient with more advanced hair loss or a patient with limited donor hair availability, this is not recommended. Other disadvantages to FUE hair transplant is longer time for donor harvesting, higher expense, donor area shaving and multiple white spots formation in the donor area.
Dr Meshkin is honored to be recognized as a designated long standing member of ISHRS by his peers and also be certified diplomat by ABHRS for his knowledge and skill as a specialized hair restoration surgeon. He performs FUE hair transplant and FUT hair restoration in Irvine and Newport Beach offices. Dr. Meshkn will examine and test the donor area at the time of consultation to see if the patient is a good candidate for FUE hair transplant procedure.If this is a good choice for the patient, Dr. Meshkin will review all the advantages and disadvantages so a client can make an educated decision.
To find out more about your hair loss, visit one of Dr. Meshkin's FUE hair transplant and FUT hair restoration clinics in Los Angeles and Irvine locations. Dr. Meshkin will use the latest techniques to make his evaluation and see if you can benefit from hair restoration procedure. If you are a good candidate, Dr. Meshkin gives the best hair restoration recommendations customized to your needs and concerns with the most competitive price.
If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a free consultation or visit our website at www.MeshkinMedical.com.