Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) in Huntersville, NC
Pure Facial Plastic Surgery offers hair restoration using the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) as an alternative to strip harvesting. Because the technique has several advantages over other harvesting techniques, Dr. Briggs E. Cook, Jr., a board-certified Huntersville surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery, recommends Follicular Unit Extraction to many of his hair restoration patients in Charlotte and the surrounding communities.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction?
Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is one of the most recent advancements in hair transplantation. This procedure restores hair volume by introducing harvested hair follicles into the area of hair loss. Dr. Cook recommends Follicular Unit Extraction as an alternative to harvesting hair follicles in strips.
Benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular Unit Extraction has two distinct advantages over other harvesting techniques:
- Patients who undergo Follicular Unit Extraction tend to have fewer post-procedure symptoms when compared to other hair follicle harvesting methods.
- Less trauma results in the donor area than with other harvesting techniques, so patients can wear their hair much shorter after healing.
FUE is recommended for patients with mild to moderate hair loss that does not require significant amounts of harvested hair follicles.
What Should I Expect From Follicular Unit Extraction?
If you require a large number of Follicular Unit Extractions (more than 1,200), Dr. Cook will shave your head to allow access to an adequate number of donor follicles. If fewer than 1,200 donor follicles are needed, he will only shave a small section of your scalp. A special tool is used to punch out areas of the scalp that measure between 0.8 and 1.0 mm in circumference. The extracted tissue grafts contain hair follicles, fat, and other soft tissue. Dr. Cook may divide the grafts into smaller units with fewer hairs. For male patients who do not have adequate donor hair on their scalps, Dr. Cook may harvest grafts from beard area under the chin.
The grafted tissue and hair is inserted into the treatment area using a small needle-like tool.
Healing from Follicular Unit Extraction generally takes seven to 10 days. You may have very small light scars in the area after you fully heal.
Dr. Cook may recommend that your Follicular Unit Extraction be performed over several appointments, especially if you require a significant number of follicle grafts.
What Should my Physician Explain to me About Follicular Unit Extraction?
Follicular Unit Extraction is generally not appropriate for patients with advanced hair loss. The strip technique is better suited for harvesting donor follicles in these cases. Patients who have undergone multiple hair transplantation procedures may not be good candidates for Follicular Unit Extractions. This is because the scalp tends to tighten after each procedure, thus preventing safe and effective extraction with the FUE technique.
In some cases, the grafts that are harvested with Follicular Unit Extraction fail to thrive, and follow-up treatments are required to achieve the desired results.
How Much Does Follicular Unit Extraction Cost?
Follicular Unit Extraction requires more time and effort to extract the donor follicles. As such, the procedure tends to be more expensive, up to twice the cost when compared to other hair transplantation techniques. FUE is not covered by your medical insurance. We accept payment by cash, personal checks, and major credit cards. If you qualify, financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit.
Follicular Unit Extraction is an alternative method for harvesting donor hair follicles for patients who want hair transplantation. To learn more, contact Pure Facial Plastic Surgery in Huntersville, North Carolina to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Cook. We serve residents in and around Charlotte.