FUE Hair Transplant Surgery
In a nutshell, Follicular Unit Extraction – or FUE, as it is also known – is a technique by which we are able to extract follicular units (groupings of 1, 2 or 3 hairs) individually from the donor hair-bearing region using small punches instead of a scalpel blade. Basically, it is a method of hair transplantation which is void of scalpel or stitches for extraction of donor hair.
The harvesting of each follicular unit via FUE is usually done with the assistance of automated devices and small punches. Among the most popular automated devices is the NeoGraft™, which has been widely advertised. While the Neograft™ is a useful and well crafted device, it is not the only high quality automated tool available to assist in FUE procedures. What is really important is the experience and skill of the surgeon operating the device, whichever one it is.
Our device of choice is the AlhphaGraft device. The main advantages of it are its portability, small size and ergonomics, and the fact that Dr. Barusco is able to control the speed and rotation of the punch to customize it to each patient’s skin and hair. A depth limiter provides control of how deep the punch penetrates the skin, which decreases trauma to the tissue, decreasing transection and trauma to the hairs.