FUE stands for Follicular Unit Excision. As the name suggests, the surgeon will remove hair follicle units from donor regions around your scalp. For this, a donor area shave may be necessary. How much to shave depends on your doctor’s recommendation. Donor areas tend to be at the back or sides of the head. That’s because these are permanent hair sites that are less likely to be affected by hair loss.
Using a tool called a micromotor punch, follicles, are extracted one by one before setting them aside. As a result, the process can also be called the Micro FUE hair transplant. A single session may require the removal of thousands of follicle units.
Once extraction of the necessary hair follicles is complete, the specialist moves on to the recipient area of the scalp. To implant the hair follicles, small incisions are made in the skin. The grafts are then carefully placed into the incision site. The process is delicate and, combined with the follicle extraction, can take more than 12 hours to complete. For severe hair loss cases, more than one session may be necessary.