FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, which is a hair transplant technique that involves extracting individual hair follicles from the scalp and implanting them in areas where hair growth is needed. In FUE, a small punching tool is used to make tiny incisions around each follicular unit, which is then gently removed with forceps. The extracted follicles are carefully examined and prepared for transplantation, while the donor area is left to heal and recover.
FUE is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically done under local anesthesia. It results in minimal scarring and downtime, as the incisions made during the procedure are small and heal quickly. FUE is often used to treat male pattern baldness, as well as other forms of hair loss in both men and women.
Compared to FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), which involves removing a strip of scalp and dissecting it into individual follicular units, FUE is less invasive and results in less scarring. However, it can be more time-consuming and expensive than FUT, as each follicular unit needs to be extracted individually. FUE is also generally preferred for patients who have limited donor hair available, or who prefer to keep their hair shorter.