While these techniques may produce similar results, a hair surgeon can perform an FUE procedure in several different ways.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
An FUE procedure involves extracting individual hair follicles from a donor site, typically somewhere else on your head. The follicles are extracted using a microneedling tool that punches down around the hair follicles, allowing your hair transplant surgeon to remove them without damage before implanting them into the thinning or patchy area.
A FOX test is used to determine the viability of your hair follicles. Your hair surgeon removes about 100 healthy follicles, checking to see if they can be easily removed without damage. If the test shows favorable results, you’ll be approved to move forward with your FUE.
Follicular Unit Separation Extraction (FUSE) Method
The FUSE method uses a similar microneedling tool used in a traditional FUE. However, the needle in a FUSE procedure doesn’t go as deep, which makes the possibility of extracting healthy, intact follicles greater.
FU Isolation Method
The FU Isolation method removes one follicular unit at a time with a small punching tool that scores and grabs the follicles. Once the unit is extracted, it’s implanted into your hair loss site.
Having PRP Therapy with FUE
You can combine platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy with your FUE procedure to enhance your hair restoration results. PRP therapy uses your blood cells to accelerate healing at the site of your hair loss, producing healthier, thicker hair over time.