How do FUE hair transplants work?

The acronym FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, it is a hair transplant technique which directly remove follicular units. In fact, it provides a direct extraction of the follicular units from a donor area – the part of the head where the hair is thicker, (usually the nape, or the sides of the head) – and the implantation of the aforementioned grafts in the recipient area, i.e. the area affected by baldness.

In simple terms, FUE hair transplants consist of removing hair bulbs individually from the nape of the scalp by means of a special precision medical device called a Micromotor, or manually through the use of a circular micro scalpel. Once extracted, the follicular units are then left to rest in a biotin-based nutrient solution and then implanted in the patient’s receiving area (the hairless area).

FUE hair transplant

After the extraction phase, the surgeon starts to open channels in the receiving area with a special scalpel. The appearance and direction of growth of future hair will depend on this phase; for this reason, the position of the channels is discussed with the client during the pre-operative consultation. At this point the follicular units are grafted manually with special tweezers (micro-FUE technique), a delicate job that requires precision and a well-prepared medical team with many years of experience.

Hair transplants with the micro-FUE technique are a non-invasive surgical method which guarantees great precision and accuracy.

Post-surgery pain is rather mild and healing time is fast. In fact, the patient can resume his/her normal activities within about 10 days.

  1. The pre-operative visit

    Our specialists will personally analyse the situation of your hair and explain everything regarding the surgery.

  2. Shaving

    Before proceeding with the extraction, the hair needs to be shaved. Our team will take care of the shaving.

  3. Anaesthesia of the donor area

    The operation is performed under local anaesthesia. Our clinics use a specific anaesthesia method called Comfort-In (Needle-Free Injection), which allows one to inject the anaesthetic into the dermis in a matter of seconds without the help of a needle, but rather with a pressure system.

  4. Follicular unit extraction

    After numbing the donor area, the individual follicular units are extracted from the scalp with the use of a micromotor.

  5. The break – grafts conservation

    The extracted follicular units are stored in liquid-rich nutrients, including Biotin. Thanks to this process the hair is regenerated before proceeding with the implant.

  6. Anaesthesia of the receiving area

    Local anaesthesia is also applied in the receiving area. As stated before, our clinics use a specific anaesthesia method called Comfort-In (Needle-Free Injection).

  7. The opening of the channels

    The team will proceed with the opening of the channels in which they will implant the prepared grafts. The hairline on which the patient previously agreed upon with our specialists will be followed.

  8. The transplanted hair grafts

    The follicular units previously taken will be inserted into the open channels, inside which the hair will take root and begin to grow thick and healthy again.