Follicular unit extraction is the newest, most technologically advanced
method of hair restoration. It is the technique recommended by most doctors
and the one chosen by most patients.
Follicular unit extraction involves the removal of hair follicles from
the back of the head, and transplantation of each follicle into the balding
area. What makes this technique so effective is that the follicles are
inserted in very small grafts (usually containing no more than 1 to 4
hairs.) This results in a natural appearance once the area has healed.
The Follicular Unit Extraction Procedure
1. The surgeon and the patient collaborate on a hairline design.
2. A topical anesthetic is administered on the donor and recipient
3. The surgeon uses a needle to extract the donor follicles from
the back of the head.
4. Micro incisions are made in the scalp using a needle.
5. The extracted follicles are transplanted into the balding
Post-Op – What to Expect
- There is usually no need to wear a bandage or protective covering
- Healing time is relatively quick, as scabs and redness are completely
gone about 2 weeks after surgery.
- You may have to return for more than one session. Because the grafts
can not be placed too close together, it is a good idea to wait 3 to
4 months before your next session.
What are the advantages to this method?
Here is a list of what most surgeons agree to be advantages to follicular
- Faster healing time
- No visible scarring
- More natural-looking results
- Wound does not require stitching
- Very little bleeding
What are the disadvantages to this method?
The majority of hair restoration surgeons can not find any disadvantages
to follicular unit extraction. In fact, most surgeons praise it as the
most efficient method of hair restoration to date.