The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery’s 2015 census revealed that hair transplant operations are becoming more common as a treatment for hair loss – 2014 saw a 28% increase in frequency of procedures performed from 2012. In turn, the procedures used are advancing as well: the same study showed that, while follicular unit transplant (FUT) remains the primary method, follicular unit extraction (FUE) saw a 51% increase in those two years. What is driving that shift? If you’re curious about follicular unit extraction in New York, it helps to know what the procedure looks like.

How FUE Differs From Traditional Hair Transplants

Also called follicular unit excision, FUE is more precise in how it obtains the follicles to be transplanted to areas of hair loss. In FUT, a small strip of tissue is removed from the donor area and divided into follicular units consisting of a few hairs each, which are then transplanted into the balding area. When you receive follicular unit extraction in New York, though, the procedure effectively skips the middle step – follicular units are individually removed from the donor area with small circular incisions. Though often longer and more expensive as an operation, the results can be more natural looking and feature less obvious scarring from the donor area.

Can FUE Work For You?

When seeking New York follicular unit extraction with Dr. Ende, a preliminary consultation will be necessary to decide whether or not FUE suits your hair loss case. FUE may be perceived as less “invasive” of a surgery, but this isn’t strictly true, as the same depth of skin must be extracted. However, the smaller, more diffuse incisions can heal more quickly, making FUE preferable for those who need to be physically active sooner after the operation. FUE is also more effective for patients with straight hair and limited donor supply. To see if pursuing follicular unit extraction in New York is right for you, contact Dr. Kevin Ende today to set up an appointment for your free consultation. Call the office at (888) 571-8521 OR fill out the online contact form.