FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)
Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert True (Emeritus) are pioneers in the development of this state-of-the-art hair restoration solution.
FUE is a more recent innovation that produces incredible hair restoration results with less scarring than Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT).
FUE procedures can benefit both men and women in their quest to get their hair band self-confidence back!
WHAT IS FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION? A Summary
Follicular Unit Extraction, also known as an FUE hair transplant, is a modern, minimally invasive hair transplantation technique. During treatment, the grafts are individually extracted, resulting in negligible scarring and completely natural-looking results. Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert True (Emeritus) have been substantially involved in the development of this technique since 2004 and pride themselves on the exceptional outcomes they can achieve. For over three decades, our team has been providing cutting-edge hair restoration treatments, helping patients throughout the world. This advanced procedure has become increasingly favored by our patients at The Hair Loss Doctors By Robert J. Dorin.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION BENEFITS An Overview
When performing FUE hair restoration, our doctors (not technicians or robots) individually excise each graft one by one from your donor area. No stitches are required and the discomfort that is more commonly experienced by patients undergoing strip harvesting FUT is alleviated.
For the majority of FUE patients, the minimized scarring is the most important advantage over other hair transplant procedures, including Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) treatments. The FUE technique does not involve any stitches or incisions.
Multiple Hair Style Options
Because the procedure does not produce noticeable scarring, FUE patients can wear their hair short or shaved with confidence. Some FUT patients even choose to have the FUE procedure to help conceal the linear scar from a previous FUT scalp incision.
ARE YOU RIGHT FOR THE FUE PROCEDURE? FUE Candidacy Factors
Depending on your current condition and hair restoration goals, a doctor may recommend FUE if you:
- Have adequate hair density at your donor site
- Have limited scalp elasticity
- Have straight, slightly curly, or textured hair
- Have relatively stable hair loss
- Want to wear your hair short or closely shaved
- Want to hide an existing scar
- Want the least restrictions during recovery
- Are especially sensitive to pain
Our doctors will assess these factors to give you an estimate of how many follicular units and surgical sessions will be necessary.
The best way to get an accurate, estimated cost of your FUE procedure is to attend a virtual or in-person consultation with Dr. Robert J. Dorin.
HOW DOES FUE WORK? A Treatment Timeline
FUE is a multi-step hair transplantation process that involves preparation, extraction, creation of the receptor sites, and implantation. A single hair transplant session typically takes several hours.
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PATIENT TESTIMONIAL "Short story, I'm happy!"
"Short story, I'm happy and not a soul at work was able to tell not even my partner, barber or the many people who would make fun of my frontal hair loss. I eventually told my barber and he was amazed." Val B. 5 Star Google Review
YOUR COMFORT Our Committment; Our Advanced Technology: The CompuMed Wand
With the introduction of the CompuMed® Wand, you can more comfortably receive local anesthesia before and during the hair transplantation procedure. Designed by dentists to virtually eliminate the discomfort of needle injections, the CompuMed® Wand is a computer-controlled delivery system used by Drs. True and Dorin. In our landmark study published in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, the CompuMed® pump was shown to not only ensure significantly greater comfort during this procedure, but also to reduce post-operative pain.
Typically, patients are given a small dose of oral valium prior to surgery to counteract the momentary agitation some patients have from xylocaine / epinephrine. Our goal is to ensure that you do not feel the slightest pain or anxiety in the operating room.
COULD FUE BE THE BEST HAIR LOSS SOLUTION FOR YOU? Find Out! Schedule Your Virtual Or In-Person Consultation
If you are losing hair, the team at The Hair Loss Doctors By Robert J. Dorin, with a New Surgical Headquarters in Garden City, and two additional hair loss clinics in Greater NYC and one additional clinic in Boston, MA. Dr. Robert J. Dorin has decades of experience in hair transplantation treatment and is a leader in developing continued advancements in the field of FUE hair restoration.
Dr. Dorin is board-certified and well-respected in the hair transplant field. He consistently delivers excellent results to his patients by combining state-of-the-art technology and highly artistic sensibilities. Our practice offers multiple hair restoration treatments, but the skill of Dr. Dorin is best exhibited through FUE hair transplantation.
To find out if Follicular Unit Extraction could help you restore your hair, schedule an online or in-person consultation. You can book a consultation by filling out our online form or calling
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION: A DEEPER DIVE A Step-By-Step Guide Through The FUE Procedure
1. Hair Transplant Preparation
When preparing for Follicular Unit Extraction, larger areas of the donor area must be shaved to about two to three millimeters. This allows the harvesting of the optimal number of follicular units. However, when we are doing smaller FUE treatments, extensive shaving is not necessary. FUE grafts can even be harvested without cutting the hair at all, or by shaving very narrow bands easily covered by adjacent hair. This "Zone Shave FUE" can not be accomplished when using a robot.
2. Hair Follicle Extractions
The limited invasiveness of this procedure affects only the most superficial layer of the skin. As a result, the extraction sites are microscopic.
During FUE, hair follicles are extracted directly from the scalp in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) resistant donor areas, which are not prone to male pattern baldness. Under very high-powered magnification, individual hair follicles are isolated and removed using 0.75 to 1.00 mm punches surrounding the follicular unit. The punch enables the doctor to carefully harvest viable grafts, allowing them to be separated from the surrounding tissue without severing the underlying unit. Our surgeons perform this treatment under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the hair transplant procedure.
3. Creating Receptor Sites
In order for our hair transplant technicians to place the follicular unit grafts, Dr. Robert J. Dorin will create receptor sites using tiny incisions. The creation of receptor sites is the artistic portion of the procedure. Your doctor will then use our custom cut-to-size microblades to create the sites. These blades range from .7 mm to 1.3 mm in width and are uniquely created for each patient based on specific individual criteria. The size of the patient's grafts, the characteristics of the recipient skin, and the density of the graft placement determine the customization of the receptor blades.
Our innovative incision process allows the doctors to perform an ultra-refined transplant at densities of up to 50 grafts per square centimeter. Dr. Dorin plans this phase of treatment with great precision in order to produce a personalized and natural-looking appearance for each patient. Design nuances such as direction and angle of hair growth, hairline shape, crown whorl, and overall hair flow are attained by subtly varying the combination and orientation of the tiny incisions. A denser, more natural-looking result can be predictably achieved using our methodology.
4. Graft Placement
Once the doctor has completed his design, the grafts will be placed into the incisions. The grafts are carefully placed using very fine forceps. Since the placement process usually takes a few hours, we provide patients with TV for their entertainment.
The follicular units are preserved under ideal conditions during the placement process. Our technicians handle the grafts with the accuracy, care, and precision necessary to ensure optimal survival. Once the grafts have been placed, the doctor will inspect the transplanted area to ensure that the hair follicles are properly placed.
Next, a nurse or technician will use a hair dryer to blow cool air on the grafts, which will help form a natural adhesion as they are set in place. Bandages are not necessary, although we suggest you wear a baseball cap on the trip home.
VIDEO: A CLOSER LOOK AT FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION Dr. Robert True (Emeritus) Narrates
WHAT MAKES THE HAIR LOSS DOCTORS DIFFERENT? We Treat You Like Family
"When someone comes into the clinic, the way that I prepare for a consultation is that I tell myself I am going in to see a relative. And I am treating them just as I would a family member. I want to help them make the best decision that they can for themselves with complete information. And I will make absolutely certain that I give them all of the alternatives so that they can make that decision." Dr. Robert True (Emeritus)
AFTER YOUR FUE What Should You Expect? A Recovery Timeline
For most FUE patients, post-operative discomfort is low compared to FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). One of the most impressive advantages of FUE is rapid healing. We have found that after a week, the majority of patients show no signs of surgery in the donor area. With this procedure it is possible to perform follicular unit extraction treatments on consecutive days. This is often the best option for an extensively bald patient who needs a large number of grafts. With smaller treatments, in which the donor areas can be concealed, the doctors typically recommend waiting one to six months between treatments, dependent on graft healing and new hair growth.
After FUE Hair Transplant Surgery...
WHY TRUST THE HAIR LOSS DOCTORS WITH YOUR FUE? Over 20 Years Of Producing Premier, Natural-Looking Results
The Hair Loss Doctors By Robert J. Dorin with our New Surgical Headquarters in Garden City, NY along with our three other hair loss clinics in Manhattan, NY; Boston, MA and Short Hills, NJ has been at the forefront of implementing and refining this new approach to hair restoration. We are able to provide exceptional results due to the skill level of our entire team. As world-renowned surgeons with a genuine concern for their patients, our doctors consistently provide the highest level of hair restoration care.
If you are ready to say goodbye to hair loss and experience the benefits of a modern hair transplant, schedule a consultation virtually or in-person by contacting us online or calling:
Why Do FUE Prices Vary From Clinic To Clinic & Person To Person?
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION DISADVANTAGES What Are They?
While we believe that this hair transplant process is the best hair restoration option for most patients, there are some disadvantages to this method, which include:
A Higher Cost
Compared to Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), FUE can be more expensive because it is more time- and labor-intensive. Rather than removing the follicular units from a strip of scalp that has been excised, the surgeons remove them individually from the donor area. This means that the surgery itself is less invasive, but is a more precise and meticulous procedure, which often results in a higher cost to the patient.
A Longer Process
Because fewer follicular units can be harvested in the same amount of time it takes to complete the FUT session, FUE treatment can also require multiple sessions to achieve desirable results. This can also lead to a longer total recovery time.
Potentially Weaker Grafts
When the follicular units are harvested from a strip of excised scalp, as in FUT, there is more tissue surrounding the grafts, protecting them from damage. However, when the hair grafts are taken directly from the scalp during FUE, they can become damaged, which renders them unsuitable for transplantation.
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL "I Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else!!"
"It's been over 3 years since I had my procedure with Dr. Dorin. I'm so glad that I chose this office and Dr. Dorin. What an amazing result from a very competent and caring staff. Thank you. I wouldn't go anywhere else!! I live in Florida but travelled to New York just to see this doctor. Don't even consider another group." Alan K. 5 Star Google Review
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MEET WITH US (IN-PERSON OR ONLINE) Invest In Your Confidence
Dr. Robert J. Dorin has been performing the FUE procedure since 2002 and have developed experience and skills that set them apart from other practitioners. When you choose The Hair Loss Doctors By Robert J. Dorin for your hair transplant procedure, you can rest assured that you will be receiving the best care at a competitive price. We offer financing options and a special pricing incentive to patients with flexible schedules.
We encourage you to take the first step toward restored hair and boosted confidence by scheduling an in-person or online consultation with our Greater New York City and Boston hair transplant specialist today. You can schedule a consultation by filling out our online form or calling our headquarters to schedule your local or virtual appointment at:
Body Hair Transplantation with FUE
Another benefit of the FUE technique is that it is the only method that can utilize body hair for transplantation. This is useful for patients who do not have adequate donor hair supply. Body hair FUE is primarily used for thinning areas and not to construct the hairline. Additionally, hair harvested from donor sites on the body has a reduced survival rate compared to hair taken from the scalp.