Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
At Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, our goal is to provide state-of-the-art treatment delivered with a patient-focused approach. Our extensively trained hair restoration surgeons have over three decades of combined experience in effectively slowing hair loss and helping men and women restore their hair. This commitment to modern, compassionate, and dynamic restorative methods allows Dr. Robert Leonard, Dr. Matthew Lopresti, and our skilled medical team to stand apart in the field.
One of the most exciting advances in hair restoration is a technique called follicular unit extraction, or FUE. This state-of-the-art approach to treating hair loss, which eliminates the linear scar associated with traditional strip hair transplantation, can offer a faster recovery, and can provide beautiful, natural-looking results. As a result, FUE can be an excellent method of hair restoration for individuals who like to wear their hair clipped short, have relatively small areas of thinning, need corrective hair restoration, or have tighter scalps.
Even if you don’t fit within these categories, FUE may be appropriate for you depending on your unique anatomic characteristics and desired outcome. During your initial complimentary consultation, Dr. Lopresti or Dr. Leonard will evaluate your needs and discuss your goals to determine which technique can provide optimal results for you.
What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?
What makes FUE unique is the minimally invasive approach to harvesting hair grafts. In traditional strip hair transplant surgery, a long thin section of hair and tissue is removed from the donor area, which is located on the back and sides of the head. Under magnification, this strip is then separated into smaller grafts that will then be transplanted into the desired region. In FUE, follicular units with about one to four hairs are precisely harvested to be transplanted by our surgeons into the treatment area. By using this advanced technology, Drs. Lopresti and Leonard are able to fill in thinning and balding areas without creating a linear scar. Furthermore, the follicular units are placed in such a way as to achieve the most natural-looking outcome possible.
Benefits of FUE
FUE offers a wide range of benefits that make it one of the best techniques for certain patients. These can include:
- Reduced healing and downtime
- No linear donor scar
- Natural-looking results
- Ability to wear your hair as short as you like
- Precision in harvesting follicular units and artistry in placing them
Types of FUE
We are proud to offer some of the most technologically advanced techniques for hair transplant surgery, including two sophisticated systems that utilize FUE. Closely supervised and controlled by our extensively trained hair restoration surgeons, the following procedures can achieve excellent results for the right candidate.
ARTAS® Robotic System
Highly precise, the ARTAS® Robotic System uses innovative technologies including infrared cameras to identify the ideal depth and angle for collecting follicular units. As with other FUE techniques, no scalpels, sutures, or staples are necessary and no linear scar is created.
An advanced technology that reduces procedure time and increases the number of transplantable hair grafts compared to manual FUE, the NeoGraft™ technique also uses no scalpels, sutures, or staples in its approach.
The VORTEX and WAW Devices
These excellent and state-of-the-art mechanical FUE tools allow the surgeon to harvest follicular units of varying sizes to provide the appropriate grafts for each patient’s hair restoration needs.
Not sure which method is right for you? Contact our practice for a complimentary consultation, and Dr. Leonard and Dr. Lopresti will help you find the best approach or combination of approaches for your individual needs and goals.