Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Euless, Bedford, Hurst, Denton, and North Texas. 

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a cutting-edge hair restoration procedure that can deliver remarkable cosmetic improvement for the right candidate. It is the procedure more popular than follicular unit transplantation (FUT), the older of the two hair restoration procedures. 

FUE is advertised directly to patients as a “scar-less” procedure since there is no strip of skin removed. Instead, each follicle is extracted using a tiny round surgical punch. This indicates that there is no linear scar and patients can cut their hair short without interrupting the decorative flair of the donor area as long as the total follicular units are restricted. 

The treatment of hair loss requires in-depth knowledge of FUE and other surgical procedures available. Hair transplant doctors must have a thorough understanding of the differences of each technique, including the variety of tools and instruments available for FUE, and which method is suitable for each patient. 

The diversity of tools and instruments for FUE and the distinctive features of each technique are so evolutionary, that even the highly experienced surgeons must keep up-to-date with the fast-growing world of the hair restoration industry. 

At The Hair Transplant – Fort Worth, we employ different FUE tools and techniques that can produce natural-looking results to help you achieve hair loss freedom.

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Contents

What Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
What Are the Tools of FUE?
Cole FUE System
WAW FUE System
Ellis FUE System
FUE vs. FUT: Which Is More Effective?
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What Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a type of hair transplant procedure that is considered to be one of the latest advances in hair restoration. Its intricate and extensive nature requires the skill and competence of a hair restoration doctor and his team of hair transplant experts. To assist with the FUE hair transplant procedure, a diverse range of tools and instruments have been developed that are conducted by the best hair transplant surgeons worldwide. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Fort Worth, we utilize these tools and instruments to support us in performing state-of-the-art FUE hair transplant procedures. 

Follicular unit extraction, also known as FOX procedure, Follicular Unit Separation Extraction (FUSE) method, Wood’s technique, or FU Isolation method, is one of two primary methods of collecting hair follicles of naturally occurring groups of one to four follicles used for hair transplants. 

It is a method of extracting hair from the donor area without creating a linear incision to the scalp. Consider these benefits of having no linear incision:

  • Decreased pain as the balding and thinning areas of the scalp are treated.
  • No linear scar in the donor area.
  • Quicker patient recovery time.
  • Lower postoperative discomfort than follicular unit transplantation (FUT).
  • You can wear your hair short so that even a very good donor closure could still be invisible to the naked eye.

The holes created by surgical punches may cause small, round, and usually white scars in the patient’s donor area that usually take a few days to heal. Different surgical punches are used for this procedure each having its benefits and drawbacks, with new ones being constantly formulated. 

Typically, using natural follicular units for hair restoration can be more complicated. A skilled hair restoration team is essential to produce significant results. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Fort Worth, we take great pride in having Dr. Stefan Thiele as our hair transplant surgeon, taking up a key role in our team of hair restoration experts. We specialize in FUE procedures by offering hair restoration options such as ATERA, NeoGraft, WAW, and Ellis FUE Systems. We believe this allows us to achieve high growth rates and improved success rates as you take the road to your hair loss journey.

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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

What Are the Tools of FUE?

Follicular unit extraction is a more recent technique than strip harvesting. The development of instruments for extracting follicular units (FUs) in FUE has evolved from the original manual instruments, to more mechanically or electronically-assisted instruments, to the latest development of a robotic FUE device. 

Strip harvesting of donor hair takes a strip of scalp tissue bearing hundreds of FUs for transplantation. They may or may not be transplanted as FUs and may be divided into individual follicles for transplantation. 

When performing FUE, an FU is removed one-by-one, focusing on the FUs that appear most likely to thrive and produce hair in the recipient site. The follicles should be all physiologically healthy and anatomically intact. That’s why it is important to prevent physical damage to the follicle that is indicated for transplantation by transection (slicing or tearing it at a cross-sectional angle) during the FUE procedure. 

Now, if you’re considering FUE for harvesting donor hair, you should ask for the physician’s FUE transection rate. A transection rate of 3% or lower can be considered good to excellent, whereas a transection rate of more than 5% can be considered poor. 

The use of technologically advanced surgical instruments should be within the scope of the skill and experience of hair transplant physicians who use the instruments. No matter how advanced they are, the result of a hair restoration procedure is likely to be better for those who are skilled and proficient in conducting the procedure.

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ATERA FUE System

ATERA is one of the most advanced technologies…..

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NeoGraft FUE System

NeoGraft is the commercial name for a mechanical…..

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WAW FUE System

The WAW FUE hair transplant system has…..

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Ellis FUE System

The Ellis FUE system is a sharp-punch procedure…..

ATERA FUE System

ATERA is one of the most advanced technologies available for FUE. It is an automated tool that promotes the extraction process of follicles during a follicular unit extraction, enhancing the precision and speed over manual methods. Its patented lubrication process during harvesting and extraction combined with a digital graft counter makes the technology unique in the industry.

NeoGraft FUE System

NeoGraft is the commercial name for a mechanical device that is developed to improve the speed and efficacy of incising and harvesting follicular units. The mechanical device provides a rotating sharp punch to incise the follicular unit and a suction instrument that extracts the follicular unit and moves it to a collection tray that can hold up to 50 follicular units waiting to be transplanted.

WAW FUE System

The WAW FUE hair transplant system has made FUE faster, easier, and more productive. This made the minimally invasive FUE gain its many advantages over the traditional strip or FUT technique. Moreover, this innovative device solved sets of specific challenges in performing FUE hair transplants.

Ellis FUE System

The Ellis FUE system is a sharp-punch procedure with a rotational model. Today, it is used by several hair transplant doctors who specialize in hair restoration surgery. It’s a simple and affordable automated punch device that can be used to enhance a strip harvest procedure. It can also be used as a stand-alone device for a full FUE hair transplant. The automation of the conventional FUE procedure contributes to the overall improvement of the method in several ways. 

While some people will ask about Cole FUE vs Ellis FUE or compare Ellis to WAW, it’s important to remember these are all tools used to conduct FUE in the most effective way possible.

FUE vs. FUT: Which Is More Effective?

The primary reason for choosing FUE over strip harvesting is for those who do not want noticeable scars. FUE scars are small, round, and are less evident because scars are scattered throughout the scalp. Whereas FUT scars are long and linear, which are localized and much bigger, making them more visible. 

Other reasons to select FUE as a harvesting technique are individualized to the patient. That is, only a small number of grafts are needed to satisfy the patient’s desired outcome or a patient with progressive hair loss who had previous strip harvesting but has no donor area left for strip harvesting. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Fort Worth, Dr. Stefan Thiele uses a wide variety of tools or instruments used for the FUE hair transplant procedure. You can schedule a complimentary initial consultation to evaluate how many grafts are needed to perform an FUE procedure.