Follicular Unit Extraction

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure

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Follicular unit extraction (or FUE) is the new up-to-date method that succeeds the older method called follicular unit transplantation (or FUT). It is a minimally invasive hair restoration procedure (when compared with FUT) that requires skill and precision in order to achieve the best and most natural looking results.

The main benefit is that there is scarring left when comparing it to a FUT (or strip) procedure, along with much less pain and better looking results. It is the “standard” method that has now been adopted by clinics worldwide.

How Does FUE Work?

The difference between FUE and FUT is found in the method of harvesting the hair from the donor area. Instead of excising a strip of hair, suturing the area together, and then dissecting the follicular units underneath a microscope, the follicular units in the FUE method are removed from the scalp in groups of naturally occuring 1-4 follicles (This is called a graft). Therefore, there is no wound to be stitched and there is no need for microscopes.

The follicular units are removed by placing a 1 mm punch around a single follicular unit and cutting a small circle through the skin around that follicular unit. The follicular unit is then grasped and gently pulled away from the loose connective tissue surrounding it underneath the skin.

Once it is removed, no further preparation is necessary. It is ready for implanting. The small hole left behind is left to heal in by itself which it does over one to two weeks. This process is repeated hundreds of times until the desired number of follicular units are obtained. Rather than having a white, linear scar as with standard follicular unit transplantation, the patient is left with numerous 1 mm round white scars.

Advantages of FUE

The main advantage that our clients notice is less noticeable scarring and no tightness of the scalp, because no tissue has been brought together and sutured when comparing it to the standard follicular unit transplantation or FUT method.

Another advantage is recovery time. Again, because the procedure is minimally invasive and there are no major cuts that require stitches to heal (like with the FUT method), the recovery time is very quick (typically completed within 6-7 days) as there are only some scabs that form around the newly implanted follicles. There is also minimal bleeding when comparing to FUT.


It is our opinion that standard follicular unit transplantation used to be useful, however the FUE technique (and the DHI technique, which is very similar to FUE) are far superior with a similar cost to FUT. So in essence, patients are getting better treatment, better results for the same price.

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    5 star review  Although yet to have the procedure, I've been very happy with the process so far. Kevin has been very informative and been available to answer all of my questions. Even after the initial consultation, I've been able to message Kevin and receive answers very quickly. As a result I feel very comfortable and confident ahead of my procedure. Definitely looking forward to it and will update in a few weeks after it has been complete!

    thumb Nicholas
    March 26, 2021

    5 star review  I had my hair transplant on the 19th. Prior to the surgery Kevin was very helpful explaining what the surgery was all about and answered all the questions I had leading up to the surgery. On the day Dr Kalra and the team made me feel very comfortable and made sure I understood everything that was happening. They are an amazing kind team and I would recommend them to anyone that would want a transplant in the future!

    thumb Rebecca Simmons
    June 30, 2021

    5 star review  Following an introduction from another recent happy customer of Kevin & the teams. I have been delighted with the level of service throughout these initial phases of my Hair Transplant surgery. Kevin has been very attentive and answered all my questions, regardless of the time of day and has been happy to jump on calls if needs be. I am booked in for the end of March, so will update following the surgery, but so far i would have no hesitation of recommending the company and in particular Kevin!

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    March 6, 2021
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