Today, FUE (the acronym for Follicular Unit Excision - formerly known as Follicular Unit Extraction) has become synonymous with hair transplant surgery for many hair loss suffering men looking to restore their hair and wear it short. But despite its increasing popularity amongst young men, is follicular unit extraction hair transplant surgery all that it's hyped to be?
Follicular Unit Excision, a donor harvesting method that includes individually plucking follicular units and planting them into small recipient incisions made into balding areas has been marketed as a "scarless" procedure since its inception at the dawning of the 21st century. While FUE does eliminate the linear scar and minimize the appearance of scarring, growth yield has always been far less consistent than its counterpart known as follicular unit strip surgery or FUSS.
Over the last 5 years in particular however, expert hair surgeons dedicated to improving FUE have done a great job overcoming the additional forces follicular unit excision place on the follicles during extraction. Thus, in an experienced surgeons' hands, FUE growth yield on average almost rivals strip.
That said, FUE and FUSS both have its clear advantages and disadvantages. While many patients and physicians alike have these two donor harvesting techniques competing against one another, most veteran patients and expert physicians recognize the benefit of utilizing both methods, sometimes on the same patient in order to maximize the amount of available donor hair for transplanting. This is exceptionally important for men with advanced levels of baldness.
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Bill - Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, Hair Loss Learning Center, Hair Restoration Forum and Hair Loss Q&A Blog