The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method is one of the most popular hair transplant procedures available today. But those who consider a hair transplant with this method might have noticed that there seems to be many different variations of it, and would like to know what the exact differences are.
Traditional FUE procedures require individual manual extraction of each hair follicle. This process is known to be time consuming, and thereby more expensive than other hair transplant methods. In recent years, handheld devices that aid in the extraction of the hair follicles have been introduced, and there are several different versions available.
What all FUE techniques have in common is the individual extraction of the hair follicle, without removal of any strip of skin. While the overall concept is the same, there are definitely a few differences between the versions. While it is common for doctors to develop their own refined version of the FUE method, and put their own twist on it, most of the alternative FUE techniques appear to be similar.
The NeoGraft FUE hair transplant is one of several versions available today. The main difference between a traditional FUE and a NeoGraft FUE is that the NeoGraft version uses a handheld device that aids in the extraction of each individual hair follicle. The SAFE scribe system is reminiscent of the NeoGraft method in that it also uses a powered handheld device for extraction of each hair follicle. The CIT technique, which stands for Cole Isolation Technique, also uses a handheld tool similar to the ones used with the NeoGraft and Safe Scribe. It appears that these devices use some kind of suction technology to extract the hair follicle faster. The FUE2 is an improved version of the traditional FUE method, and uses a water jet to help in the separation and cleaning of the extracted grafts.
With the aforementioned devices, hair follicles are said to be extracted more efficiently, and twice as many hair follicles can be extracted in the same amount of time as a traditional FUE. An increased amount of hairs can be extracted during each procedure, possibly save time and money for the patient. One potential disadvantage to these methods is that the doctor would not be able to inspect each hair follicle as it is being extracted. However, some experts insist that there is less damage to the hair follicles when extracting with these tools.
It is possible for the these devices to aid in the hair transplant process, however, they are all fairly new to the market, and it will take some additional time before their superiority to other methods can be firmly established. What all different variations of the FUE method have in common is minimal scarring and faster healing time. Prospective hair transplant clients are encouraged to do research and compare different methods, and should not hesitate in asking the hair transplant doctor exactly which method they use and how they believe it is the most beneficial.
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