Micro FUE and Its Advantages
Our hair is formed by groups of hair roots containing 1-5 roots. These groups are referred to as follicular units. In a person with healthy hair, the hair roots located in the front are usually in groups of one or two. Groups of three are seen towards the back, whereas on the nape hair root groups of three, four and five are more commonly found. In hair losses occurring in the front area, we lose the follicular units containing single and double roots. As hair loss progresses towards the back, we lose hair root groups of two and three. For a hair transplant that looks natural, it is necessary to plant them like the distribution of lost hair. For this reason, the grafts (transplanted tissue fragments containing hair roots) must not contain three, four or five hair roots, but one or two and, to a lesser extent, three roots.
For a dense and natural hair transplant, single grafts are used on the front hairline. Just behind this line of the front area single and double grafts are used. As progress is made towards the back, double and triple graft implants must be made.
All doctors using the micro FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method gather the grafts in more or less the same way. The healthy follicular units found on the nape and the side areas of the head are targeted. The targeted units are removed one by one without causing harm using thin, hollow needles with a diameter of between 0.6-0.8 mm attached to a micro motor. Thanks to grafts with smaller volume collected with thin needles, natural looking hair transplants that are as dense as desired can be done.
In some places the micro FUE method is called 3M FUE, FUE plus and other similar names in order to create a difference. However, there is no difference between all these methods other than the name itself. The micro FUE method is the use of thin needles (with a diameter of between 0.6-0.8mm) and a micro motor.
There is, however, some difference in the implantation of the collected grafts to the areas with hair loss. In order to place the grafts, some doctors make very small incisions with a sharp instrument and insert the grafts into these incisions by holding them with fine tip instruments. Whereas some others make holes using needle like instruments and place the grafts in these holes. A small number of doctors use implanter pens. The use of implanter pens is a job that requires expertise. There is no need to make an incision or open a hole before implantation. The graft is placed into the implanter’s inside needle and is directly pressed into the skin. The implanter pen opens the hole and places the graft at the same time. Since it is a difficult and expensive method, it is not very widespread.
In the micro FUE technique, hair roots are usually taken from the nape and the sides of the head. That being said, it is possible to collect hair roots from any part of the body, if need be. However, it is unlikely to do a dense and natural transplantation with hair taken from other regions.
Since a very natural look can be achieved with the micro FUE technique, results are very successful not only in hair transplantation, but also in beard, moustache, eyebrow and eyelash implants and in more eye-catching places like wound and burn scars.