FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant surgery is much less invasive than conventional laryngeal surgery. It does not use a scalpel or staples or stitches. FUE is better described as "procedure" than "surgery". With this technique, the donor area is shaved to your skin so that individual follicular units (FUs) are exposed. When individual follicular units become visible, we can choose by removing the most ideal FUs. Generally, units with the most follicles are selected for removal. This allows us to maximize the number of follicles excised per graft. The average number of follicles per graft is much higher than conventional strip harvesting and microscopic dissection with this technique.
Each follicular unit is passed to the technicians after the unit has been removed, so that each graft is cut in excess tissue and brought to the perfect size for the particular recipient site. It is possible with the FUE technique, such as hairless FUE, that many changes are possible, in which only the follicular units to be removed are shaved and the surrounding fur remains longer. In this way, the entire transmitter area appears unchanged without any indication of procedure. This technique takes longer, but offers the advantage of not being fully detectable and is suitable for individuals who require zero post-operative interruptions.
Although FUE appears to be quite specific - it is used to describe any extraction technique that does not actually contain a scalpel. Whether sharp, matte, manual or motorized, any size fist passes.
The longer the punch, the greater the likelihood of trauma to the scalp and the donor scar. Since the whole concept of FUE is to reduce the amount of visible scarring, the use of large punches can actually increase the amount of scarring in the harvest area. As a general rule, small, sharp manual staplers can produce graphics with the least possible trauma to both graft and donor sites.