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Automated Follicular Unit Extraction – McLean, Richmond and Virginia Beach

Exclusively at Virginia Surgical Hair Center Serving McLean

Automated Follicular unit extraction or automated FUE is an alternative procedure for performing automated follicular unit hair transplantation. However, unlike the predominant follicular unit transplant procedure, in which a strip of donor tissue is removed and dissected under magnification, the automated FUE procedure uses a small instrument (Alpha Graph Machine) to extract each follicular unit one by one.

Both the strip excision and automated FUE procedures create 1, 2, 3, and 4 hair follicular unit grafts that are then transplanted into the balding area in the same manner. The primary difference between these two procedures is the technique used to harvest the follicular unit grafts. Automated FUE is a longer procedure because only up to 1800 graphs can be done per session. Candidates must qualify for this procedure.

Follicular Unit Extraction

With Virginia Surgical Center’s Micro-Follicular Unit hair transplantation, all of the grafts are dissected using state-of-the-art Mantis Microscopes, allowing for minimal waste. This results in a cleaner, more precise follicular unit and contributes to achieving the most natural end result.

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is an alternative procedure for performing follicular unit hair transplantation. However, unlike the predominant follicular unit transplant procedure, in which a strip of donor tissue is removed and dissected under magnification, the FUE procedure uses a small instrument (Alpha Graph Machine) to extract each follicular unit one by one.

For more information on which technique may be right for you, please contact one of our facilities to speak to a staff member in more detail. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and help you decide on how to move forward with your hair loss treatment.

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Are You a Good Candidate?

At Virginia Surgical, we only perform procedures on patients who we can expect to have full yield and growth from the extraction technique.

This procedure can be done at any of our three locations in Virginia.

An automated Follicular Unit Extraction Test can identify those individuals with the optimal hair and scalp characteristics to get maximum benefit from the procedure. In the test, follicular unit extraction is performed in a sample area in the back of the scalp. It is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 15 minutes. Patients who pass the test will be good candidates for Follicular Unit Extraction. If the test is negative, conventional strip removal with microscopic dissection is the best option.

Patients Who Will Benefit from Automated Follicular Unit Extraction

  • Patients with limited hair loss or those who require small sessions
  • The treatment of small cosmetic areas, such as eyebrow restoration
  • Those who wear their hair very short
  • Patients with very low donor supply, a scarred donor area or very tight scalps
  • Selected repair procedures
  • The camouflage of traumatic scars or donor scars
  • Athletes who must resume full activity soon after the procedure
  • Patients who tend to heal with wide scars

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