Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is when the individual follicular units, that contain 1 – 4 hairs each, are harvested individually from the patient under local anaesthetic, using specialised devices with a circular area as small as 0.6mm.
A follicular unit contains sebaceous glands, nerves, small muscles and fine hairs. This method allows the surgeon to transplant thousands of grafts in a single session, which will enhance the cosmetic appearance of the procedure. Each follicle is checked and dissected as necessary under a stereo-microscope in preparation for implantation
The surgeon will then use a micro blade or fine needle to create a recipient site, where the hair will be placed. The recipient site is created in such a way that individual grafts can be placed into the sites. The angle, position, density, amongst other things are vital to create not only a realistic hair line but also an artistic and natural result that is suitable for that patient.