Follicular Unit Extraction At Beverly Hills Hair Restoration

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Fact Sheet


What is it?

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a popular hair transplant technique in which a small round punch is used to extract follicular units from the posterior part of the head (donor area) where the follicles are genetically resistant to balding. The extracted units, called grafts, are grouped in one, two, three, or four follicles. If necessary, some of the extracted grafts may be trimmed before transplantation begins to ensure proper fitting once transplanted into the areas that lack hair (recipient area). Dr. Kahen mimics the way hair grows in nature to achieve a natural and undetectable hair transplant.


Why would I choose FUE?

Though the basic principle is the same as with other transplant procedures, FUE is considered a less invasive technique and will not result in scarring as opposed to Strip Harvest technique. FUE is a more suitable option for those who at some point wish to style their hair short because a linear scar will not be present as Strip Harvest leaves behind. Since FUE does not involve placement of sutures, recovery time will be slightly quicker and there will be no need to return for suture removal. FUE is optimal for smaller specialized cases such as eyebrow or beard restoration where the ability to extract a small number of grafts with minimal scarring is imperative.


How long does it take?

The duration of the procedure depends on the number of grafts the patient will be taking. A typical FUE procedure takes approximately eight hours.


Does it hurt?

Most patients have reported a three out of 10 as far as discomfort, not necessarily pain more like small pinches to the back of the scalp. The patient is under local anesthesia throughout the procedure.


How much does is cost?

The price per graft for FUE may vary between $8- $10.


Is it permanent?

Yes. The extracted grafts are genetically resistant to balding.