FUE – or Follicular Unit Extraction – is the process of replacing lost areas of hair by implanting healthy follicles from elsewhere on the head. A donor area of the scalp is selected, usually based upon the abundance of hair. This area is usually taken from the back of the scalp, where a large volume of hair grows naturally.

Before and After


FUE transplants are relatively unobtrusive and are performed under local anaesthetic, so as to reduce complications or the need for long stays. The process is reasonably simple and quick, and undergoing FUE in the vast majority of cases have no complications for patients, most of whom can return to work the following day.

FUE hair transplants are all carried out under a microscope by experienced professionals to ensure absolute precision and to help create as natural a restored hairline as possible.

FUE is a newer technique and unlike other hair transplant procedures, FUE works on an individual hair basis. Each hair is extracted as a whole unit, complete with the necessary glands and then transplanted to the new area. Although less invasive, the procedure is very intricate and this can lead to an FUE procedure taking slightly longer than the FUT method. By taking more time, the healing period is reduced and the levels of success are greater. Whilst no procedure is scar free, the scarring of FUE is limited to small dots which become invisible after a short amount of hair growth.

Using FUE, we expose the follicles to as little in the way of damage as possible, and this gives each transplanted hair the best chance of survival. Because the follicles have been taken from an area of hair unaffected by DHT – the hormone causing male pattern baldness – the new hairs are unaffected and will not be subject to the same patterns of loss.


FUE is primarily a solution for combating male pattern baldness, which describes a pattern of hair loss that generally affects the temples and crown, leaving men (and sometimes women) with hair around the back and sides of the head but nowhere else. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for FUE treatment, as factors such as the extent of hair loss and hair type (i.e. straight/wavy/afro) can determine the most appropriate transplant method.

If you would like more information about FUE hair transplant treatments, how it works, and to find out whether this is the best method to restore your hair after an episode of hair loss, then contact us today to arrange a no-fuss consultation. We pride ourselves on being honest and trustworthy, and our promise to our clients is to always offer the most appropriate solution to give the best results on an individual basis.

There is a small amount of pain when injecting the anaesthetic. After the anaesthetic has gone in you shouldn’t feel any pain at all. We use very small needles and have developed techniques to minimise the pain of the injections. If pain does develop we can top up the anaesthetic to reduce this.