FUE technique in a hair graft in the follicle extraction phase
March 22th 2024

FUE technique in a hair graft: What does it consist of?

Although hair implants can be performed using various methods, the FUE technique is currently the most used for various reasons. This is mainly due to the fact that the FUE technique in a hair graft It is less invasive than others, in addition to getting some more natural results. The vast majority of hair implants are performed with this technique and, for this reason, below we will tell you everything you need to know about this method: procedure, advantages and differences with other hair graft techniques. 

What is the FUE technique in a hair transplant?

The FUE technique stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. It consists of extracting the Hair follicles for the donor zone making use of a punch with micromotor and tweezers. Thus, through the punch The channels are opened and, with tweezers, the hair follicles necessary to carry out the hair implant are extracted one by one. This extraction method is what differentiates the FUE technique from other techniques. 

Once the hair follicles have been extracted, they are implanted in the area affected by alopecia. To do this, the hair surgeon makes the incisions and, subsequently, the follicles are implanted one by one in those openings. 

The FUE technique in a hair graft is not considered invasive and does not leave visible scars, reasons that make this technique the most widespread today. 

Step by step of a hair graft with FUE technique 

The FUE technique in a hair graft consists of several phases, taking an average duration of 7 to 8 hours. Each of the phases is carried out in the same session and, once the entire process is completed, the patient will be able to return to their home normally, although always taking into account the medical indications to follow a correct procedure. postoperative

Design and previous shaving

In order to carry out the hair transplant, it is necessary to shave the hair, leaving it with an approximate length of 1 to 2 millimeters. In case it is a hair graft without shaving, only the donor area is shaved, which will go unnoticed with the length of the hair itself. 

The hair surgeon performs the front line design, in addition to delimiting the donor area. This is done respecting the patient's physiognomy, as well as his tastes and expectations in the results. 

Follicular unit extraction

After the design and shaving, it is time to extract the follicular units. Through a punch With a micromotor, the corresponding follicular units are extracted one by one from the donor area. Afterwards, they are placed in Petri dishes for proper conservation, studied and separated based on the number of hairs each follicular unit has. 


After the extraction it is time to make the incisions. In the case of the traditional FUE technique, they can be performed with a conventional scalpel or sapphire. If you opt for an unshorn hair graft, the incisions will be made at the same time as the implantation using a device called “Implanter”.

Implantation of follicular units

The last part of the FUE technique in a hair graft is the implantation of the follicular units in each of the incisions made previously. This is done individually using tweezers. 

After this, it is time to follow the postoperative rules and wait for the final result of hair transplant

Other hair transplant techniques

In addition to the FUE technique in a hair graft, there are other techniques, although they are not currently as widespread to perform hair surgery, mainly due to the results they offer.

FUSS technique in a hair implant

Within the hair graft there is also the fuss technique. This is done by extracting a strip of the scalp, from which the follicular units necessary for the intervention are extracted. This is why FUSS leaves a scar that is visible although it may go unnoticed. This used to be done to properly preserve the follicular units, but today it is no longer necessary. Thanks to advances in hair medicine, it has been seen that cold-preserved Petri dishes keep the follicular units in good condition until implantation. 

Body Hair Transplant or BHT

El Body Hair Transplant (BHT) is the method by which follicular units are extracted from other areas of the body such as the beard or chest.

It can be used in cases where it helps to achieve more density in a single intervention, but it is not usually recommended as it does not look the same aesthetically, since the hair on other parts of the body is not the same as that on the head. In any case, it should be the doctor who tells you whether, in your particular case, this technique could be performed or not.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) DHI or graft without shaving

Within the FUE technique in a hair graft there is the version DHI or hair graft without shaving. Using it, the follicular units are extracted from a small window or “flap” made in the donor area, so that the hair does not have to be cut completely and it goes unnoticed due to the length of the hair itself.

Therefore, this method is performed with the FUE technique, but the only difference is that not all the hair is shaved and the incisions phase, which is performed with an implanter that allows the incision and implantation to be carried out at the same time. time. The extraction of the follicles is done in the same way. 

Before and after a hair transplant in Hospital Capilar

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