THE BOSLEY FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) - Hair-by-Hair Transplantation
The Bosley Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive hair transplantation technique in which follicular unit grafts (hair follicles) are individually removed from the patient’s donor area and then individually transplanted to the recipient (thinning) area. The grafts are removed using a precision tool and then placed in the recipient area. There is no linear scar and no stitches are required, so your donor area will be minimally noticeable within just a few days.
Why Choose a Bosley FUE
A Bosley FUE procedure, as with all hair restoration procedures at Bosley, is performed by and under the supervision of a Bosley physician. Bosley physicians have dedicated their practice exclusively to hair restoration. Bosley physicians are highly skilled in the time-tested Bosley process of natural graft placement, where a patient’s hairline is recreated in keeping with their original hair growth pattern to give them a natural-looking result.
Benefits of a Bosley FUE
- No stitches; donor area appears mostly unchanged within days
- Natural-looking and permanent results
- State-of-the-art minimally invasive technique
- Simple outpatient procedure
- Fast recovery; many patients return to work the next day
How a Bosley FUE is Performed
Using a tiny one-millimeter in diameter (or less) instrument, the physician will remove individual follicular units from the patient’s scalp. The device makes a tiny circular incision around the follicular unit to isolate the graft. The graft is then extracted directly from the scalp using a tweezers-like instrument, and then prepared for placement by your team of skilled Bosley technicians. Working with a high-powered stereo microscopes, these specially trained technicians isolate, prepare and ensure that the follicular grafts remain in optimal condition. Follicular units are arranged into groups depending on the number of hairs contained within each follicle (1-4 hairs are commonly found within each follicle). The placement of these follicular units is what sets the stage for Bosley’s natural-looking results and artistic difference.
Note: FUE incorporates the latest minimally invasive technology and advanced grafting techniques. Your Bosley physician can help you determine which technology or technique is best for you. Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Transplantation are offered at all Bosley surgical offices. Find a Bosley location near you.
Preparation of the Donor Area
Typically, the patient’s hair in the donor area is trimmed short so the physician is able to optimally visualize and work on the patient’s scalp, as well as each donor follicle.
Follicular Unit Placement
Hair follicles (follicular units) contain one, two, three or four hairs each, and the strategic placement of these follicles provides the foundation for recreating your natural-looking results. The graft placement process for ‘FUE’ and the other common hair transplantation technique ‘FUT’, is identical. The physician makes small incisions in your recipient area (areas of hair loss), mimicking your natural hair growth pattern, where the follicular grafts are then placed one by one, according to the number of hairs within each follicle. This is the concept of differential density and Bosley’s artistic difference.
Donor Area Healing
The tiny incisions left behind after the follicular units are extracted heal completely in a few days. The tiny apertures contract as they heal, making the resulting round incision marks barely detectable. No stitches or other closures are necessary.
Your transplanted hair will grow in the same fashion as your native hair. Approximately three months after your procedure, your transplanted hair starts to grow. Around six months you should notice significant growth. By one year, you should realize the full result of your hair transplantation.