Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)

FUE is a minimally invasive surgical hair transplant technique used to address hair loss. It involves extracting individual follicular units (FUs) directly from the scalp, typically from the back and sides of the head (donor area), which are genetically resistant to balding. These FUs, containing 1-4 hairs each, are then transplanted into tiny recipient sites created in the balding area of the scalp, promoting hair growth in those areas.

Procedure:
* A small punch tool, typically 0.8-1.0mm in diameter, is used to extract individual follicular units one by one.
* The extracted FUs are meticulously dissected and prepared under microscopes for transplantation.
* Tiny recipient sites are created in the balding area using a separate tool.
* The harvested FUs are then carefully implanted into these recipient sites.

Pros:
* FUE leaves minimal scarring in the donor area as it extracts individual follicles, unlike FUT which leaves a linear scar.
* The procedure is less invasive than FUT, requiring minimal suturing and leading to faster healing times.
* FUE allows for more flexibility in choosing donor hair, potentially including hair from the beard or body in some cases.

Cons:
* FUE is a more time-consuming procedure compared to FUT, potentially leading to higher costs.
* Extracting individual follicles can be more technically demanding for the surgeon, potentially impacting the success rate.
* The procedure can be more tedious for the patient as it involves extracting a larger number of smaller grafts.

Alternatives:
* Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): This technique removes a strip of scalp containing hair follicles for transplantation. While faster, it leaves a linear scar.
* Hair Loss Medications: Minoxidil and finasteride are medications that can help slow down hair loss and promote some regrowth in some patients.

Recovery Time:
* Scalp soreness and pinpoint bleeding are common for the first few days after surgery.
* Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days, with strenuous activity restricted for a couple of weeks.
* The tiny scabs from extraction sites typically resolve within 7-10 days.

Disclaimer:
This information is for general knowledge only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult with a qualified hair transplant surgeon to discuss if FUE is the right option for you and to understand the risks and potential complications involved.