FUE Transplant


Follicular Unit Extraction, AKA FUE, is a hair restoration procedure where units of one to four hairs are moved from a region with good hair quality to an area on the scalp lacking hair. A small sharp or dull punch instrument is used to make a tiny incision to remove the hair graft.  A technician uses forceps to grip the hair above the skin to extract it. This leaves a tiny scar that is not very noticeable. The grafts are counted and sorted before being placed, via forceps or an implanter, in an incision in the recipient area that follows the natural hair growth pattern.  FUE can be performed manually or using computer assistance with Robotic FUE (ARTAS).

Any patient with typical patterned baldness is an ideal candidate for FUE. In addition, patients that want to keep their hair short or shaved, since any scars are tiny dots, are good candidates. Other patients that are good candidates include those that want to restore hair on other portions of the body such as the mustache or eyebrow region.

The cost of FUE depends on the number of grafts used as well as the price per graft charged by the doctor. The price per graft is usually $6-$18 per graft and, depending on the number of grafts needed to provide the desired hair density, the cost is anywhere from $5000-$25,000. The price also varies according to the skill of the surgeon and the geographic location of the surgery.

The scalp can be a little bit tender after FUE and patients might see some swelling around the forehead and eyes for a few days. Scabbing will be seen for four or five days until the patient can wash the hair aggressively.  The transplanted hair will fall out and then start to grow again after three or four months. The final results will be seen within nine to twelve months and the results are permanent.

Hair transplants for African American and Ethnic Patients

submitted on   Fri Jan, 03, 2020 by Amir Yazdan, MD     
Ethnic hair transplants are hair transplants performed on non-Caucasians to restore the shape, density and appearance of the hairline without compromising the ethnic identity of the patient. Ethnic hair transplantation keeps the overall aesthetic of the patient’s scalp in mind while considering1