Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)

Written by Dr. Griffin

Dr. Thomas Griffin performs the Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) method of hair restoration surgery. FUE is a method whereby individual follicular units are harvested from the donor area in the back and sides of the head for transplantation to the recipient’s thinning areas of the scalp. Unlike the strip harvesting procedure in which a strip of hair-bearing scalp is surgically excised from the donor area, and subsequently sutured closed, leaving a linear scar, in FUE no residual noticeable scar is left. Instead, multiple individual follicular units are harvested accurately and efficiently using a hand held device leaving tiny holes that heal within a week with no visible scar. This allows the patient to have a short hairstyle, whereas, with the strip technique, at least ½ inch of hair is required to hide the resultant scar.

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FUE is performed under local anesthesia. The donor area needs to be shaved short in order to harvest the hair follicles accurately. The patient is seated in a special chair during harvesting, usually for about 3 hours depending on the number of grafts required. Once the grafts are taken, tiny incisions are made by Dr. Griffin in the recipient area into which the new follicles will be placed. The grafts are then carefully placed into the incisions. The incisions are made at the correct locations and angle to ensure a natural result when the hair regrows 3-4 months later. Post-operative pain is lessened in FUE compared to strip harvesting because it is less traumatic to the donor area. Both techniques are well tolerated, however, requiring only over the counter pain medicine or mild narcotic pain medicine.

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Real Patient Before & After Photos

before and 9 months after procedure -  photos of real patient

9 Months
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The great advantage of FUE is in the accuracy and speed of removing the follicular units.

Real Patient Before & After Photos

Robotic Hair Restoration - Before and After Treatment Photos - male patient, top view
Robotic Hair Restoration - Before and After Treatment Photos - male patient, oblique view

5 months post
robotic FUE HT. Approximately 1350 graft transplant to recreate the hairline

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Dr. Griffin will continue to be an innovator in the field of hair restoration surgery, always striving to use the most modern techniques so as to provide the best possible results.