FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive hair transplant method for obtaining follicular units from the donor area one-by-one using the ARTAS™ Robot or the Harris S.A.F.E. System, invented and patented by Dr. James Harris of Hair Sciences of Colorado, and currently used around the world. These methods are used to obtain the follicular unit grafts from the donor area (usually the back of the head), which are then individually transplanted to the recipient (thinning or bald) area. Because the amount of skin tissue obtained to extract a single follicular unit is very small, the procedure is minimally invasive and virtually undetectable. For a given number of grafts the amount of skin tissue removed during FUE is approximately 35-45% less than the amount of skin removed with a strip harvest of the same number of grafts.
In no-shave follicular unit extraction only the donor follicle hairs are trimmed, all other hair remains the same length. The trimmed donor follicles are therefore hidden amidst the remaining full-length hair, and a completely normal appearance post-transplant is achieved. Suitable for both men and women, this technique makes both the process and eventual outcome of a hair transplant undetectable. Approximately 90% of hair transplant patients at the Hair Sciences Center clinic opt for no-shave FUE.
When using the S.A.F.E. System the follicular unit to be removed is selected by the surgeon, the punch is then placed over the follicular unit and inserted into the skin to separate the unit's hair shafts from the surrounding tissue. Next, the unit is grasped and extracted from the surrounding skin.
When the ARTAS™ Robot is used to perform FUE the dissection parameters are input into the system, a device is placed on the donor area to identify the extraction area, and the ARTAS™ System then proceeds to perform graft dissections under the doctor’s supervision. If you want to know more about whether an FUE hair transplant is right for you, schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Harris today.
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If you are considering a FUE hair transplant, you will find no one more qualified or experienced physician to conduct the procedure than the team at the Hair Sciences Center. Dr. Harris is an internationally renowned surgeon, an award-winning inventor and innovator, a pioneer in FUE technology and an advocate for patient care. He answers all patient questions and performs all procedures himself. Ask the doctor a question.
If you want to know more follicular unit extraction and other topics related to hair loss and restoration, check out Dr. Harris' super-informative hair transplant videos.