FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) - formerly known as follicular unit extraction - is a donor extraction technique used in today's gold standard hair transplant procedure called follicular unit hair transplantation or FUT. However, unlike strip surgery, the "competing" donor extraction technique, hair restoration physicians use varying donor extraction tools / devices to harvest follicular units (hair groupings as they occur naturally) during follicuar unit excision. But why is this? Isn't one tool better than the other?
The reality is, it takes time for hair restoration physicians to adopt new tools and techniques into their practice, mostly because it takes awhile for something new to truly become accepted. Whether or not one tool or device is "better" than another seems to be more subjective than objective. Having spoken to dozens of top hair restoration physicians, it seems that some prefer one device for certain "advantages" while others prefer another for similar but unique "benefits". Each tool and device appears to have their own advantages, disadvantages and limitations. Thus, when hair doctors begin using a certain tool, it either becomes comfortable in their hands or it doesn't. In some ways, it's a lot like the sport of shooting at the firing range. Many prefer certain brands, makes and models of firearms while other individuals prefer others. Aim, comfort, speed, etc. comes more from the individual's experience and skill than it does the particular firearm. However, clearly, there are some firearms that can be grouped into a "top" category while others are just cheaper makes and models. This may also be true with FUE devices although we have seen some hair restoration physicians work miracles with the most basic of manual FUE tools.
At the end of the day, follicular unit excision is a donor technique that many patients prefer because of the lack of linear scar. Hair restoration physicians use the tool they feel the most skilled and experienced with to get the best result. Thus, when selecting a hair loss doctor, it's best to view examples of dozens of results rather than being overly concered about which FUE tool they use.
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Bill - Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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