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When performing Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), hair loss specialists generally take a strip of hair from the donor area at the back of the head and then extract the hair under microscopic lenses. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a newer, less invasive way of obtaining hair grafts for transplants. While there are some surgeons who perform this technique, it is not the primary method used to get follicular units. However, FUE does have some notable benefits and can often be the better choice in hair restoration surgery.
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The cost of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is dependent on your surgeon's geographical location and experience, as well as the amount of grafts your procedure requires. It is typically more expensive than Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), which comes in at around $4 - $6 per graft or strip. FUE can cost anywhere from $6 to $12 per follicle group. FUE is quickly becoming the preferred method of hair transplantation due to its quicker recovery time and less-invasive nature. With that being said, the most important factor in your hair transplant experience is your surgeon's skill level. Beautiful, natural-looking hair transplant results can be achieved using both methods. Use our Find a Clinic tool to locate the top hair transplant surgeons in your area.
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What is Follicular Unit Extraction?
Follicular Unit Extraction is when hair grafts are removed directly from the donor site one by one, without the removal of a linear strip. Grafts are removed with the use of a one millimeter punch that creates a circular incision around the follicular unit, which is then extracted from the scalp using forceps. This process is repeated numerous times until the necessary number of grafts is obtained. The units are then implanted into the balding area to create a natural hairline.
Cost of Follicular Unit Extraction
Hair transplant costs can vary depending on the extent of hair loss and the selected method. Follicular Unit Extraction price is usually determined by the number of grafts, since many surgeons charge per unit graft, which averages between $3 and $10 per graft. The total cost of FUE could range between $10,000 and $15,000. Each surgeon is different, and costs will vary depending on their individual pricing and skill level. To get a good idea on how much hair transplantation will cost, you should speak with a specialist who can break down the price.
The Benefits of FUE
This intricate method of hair restoration has many advantages, the most important being less noticeable scarring. When the strip technique is used, the scalp is sutured back together in a long, linear line, which often leaves an obvious scar at the back of the head. FUE also leaves scars, but they are much less noticeable round white dots, which are difficult to see even with short hair. Another benefit of Follicular Unit Extraction is that patients do not experience any tightness in their scalp, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Patients can also return to normal, physical activities immediately following surgery, unlike with traditional FUT surgery. Follicular Unit Extraction is particularly useful when performing corrective hair restoration, as it provides small units to cover linear scars or to treat thinning eyebrows and mustaches.
Follicular Unit Extraction Disadvantages
Even though there are many positive aspects to FUE, it does have some limitations. Due to the nature of how hair grafts are extracted, Follicular Unit Extraction is a long and tedious process, often yielding less donor hair than the strip technique. If patients opt for FUE, they may have to return for repeat sessions if they require extensive work. Since hair under the surface is not visible, it’s difficult for even the most trained surgeon to know the angle of the roots, making it more likely that hair can be damaged when separating it from the soft tissue. Damaged follicular grafts are less likely to grow properly, if at all. Also, FUE makes it difficult to capture the whole unit, so hair will be less dense.
With the amount of time and labor that goes into Follicular Unit Extraction, as well as the possibility of multiple sessions, the price is usually more than Follicular Unit Transplantation.
Are You a Candidate for FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction is not for everyone, especially those who lack ease of unit extraction from the scalp. All patients considering FUE need to undergo a FOX test to see the level of difficulty in extraction. Good candidates for Follicular Unit Extraction are those with limited donor material or who heal poorly. It’s also a preferred method for those who like to wear their hair short.
The best way to determine if Follicular Unit Extraction is right for you is to speak with a certified hair loss specialist. He or she can analyze the extent of your hair loss, perform necessary pre-treatment tests and figure out the best solution for your condition. To find out more about Follicular Unit Extraction, or to set up a personal consultation with a hair restoration specialist, contact us today!