The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant technique involves surgically picking permanent hair follicles from the donor area found at the back of the head and sides that are genetically programmed to grow for the remainder of your life. This hair is then placed into the skinny and hairless space of the scalp.
An older technique is called the strip method (FUT) where a strip of hair is removed from the scalp and placed into the balding area. This leaves a linear scar in the donor area which is visible when the hair is trimmed short.
Why is FUE better?
With this modern technique, the skin is punctured with a hollow needle, which will be from 0.75 mm to 0.9 mm depending on the thickness of the hair. Unlike the older strip method, no scars remain at the back after the procedure, even when the hair is shaved so close that the naked eye can see the scalp. Take a look at the patient photos on this website to see some close-ups.