- Preparation and local anaesthesia
The surgeon may administer local anaesthesia on the area prepared for the hair transplant. It is the most efficient method to have a nearly painless procedure with barely any risks associated with anaesthesia. During the surgery, the patient is conscious.
- Extraction or removal of hair follicles
FUE varies from other surgical hair transplant techniques in means of follicle extraction. The surgeon extracts a single graft from the donor area using a micro punch tool. Then, the extracted graft is monitored by a technician under high magnification. The grafts are grouped according to the total number of hairs per graft. The technician rejects the non-viable grafts and replaces them with suitable grafts. At each step, the technician calculates the total number of grafts to prevent any wastage.
- Preparation of recipient area
The surgeon outlines the recipient area based on the patient’s expectations and limitations of the donor area. The surgeon creates the tiny slits for the extracted grafts according to the length of the grafts. Further, the surgeon determines the angle at which the hair comes out of the scalp, the orientation and density of the hair to provide the best cosmetic results.
- Implantationof grafts
Implantation of grafts is similar to other hair transplant methods. A qualified and experienced surgeon implants the grafts in the pre-formed tiny slits using forceps or implanters.