Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a method used for hair transplants to give patients with balding or thinning manes a naturally thicker appearance to hair. Unlike more invasive methods such as follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, this method does not require the removal of a donor strip of scalp to extract individual follicles.
During the procedure, 2,400-5,000 grafts will be harvested to a particular area on the scalp. If hairs are transplanted to the eyebrows, typically only 150-200 grafts are needed. Your surgeon will be careful to avoid over-harvesting donor areas so as not to cause the body to experience telogen effluvium, a reversible form of temporary hair loss caused by physical or emotional stress.
Follicular unit extraction seeks to reverse hair loss created by thinning hair, bald spots, and receding hairlines. Hairloss caused by medication, stress, or medical treatment cannot be addressed by strip harvesting.