Follicular hair extraction (FUE) technique, also
known as FUSE (Follicular Unit Separation Extraction) or Woods method
is the latest and fast becoming, the most popular method of hair
transplantation. In this method, the follicular units (hair roots) are
extracted as individual units and then transplanted, the advantage being
minimal or no visible scarring in the donor area. As the hair follicle is
narrowest at the surface, one needs to use small micropunches, 0.6- 1.0 mm,
causing minimal injury to the skin of the scalp and therefore no scarring.
On the day of the surgery, the hair in the donor area at the back of the
head is trimmed to about 1 to 2 mm length. The planned area in which the
hair roots are to be transplanted is marked with a marker pen. The patient
lies with the face down on the operating table. The scalp is cleaned and a
local anaesthetic is applied to it. Your surgeon may choose to give you oral
or intravenous antibiotics before and for a few days after the procedure.
Once the local anaesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon takes out grafts
from the donor area using fine micropunches. The grafts are stored in saline
solution and then grafted in the planned area.