Orange County Hair Restoration

Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)

If you are considering a hair transplant, it is important to consult with a qualified hair restoration specialist like Dr. Ken Williams to determine the best treatment plan for you.

What is FUE Hair Transplant?

FUE, or Follicular Unit Excision, is a hair transplant technique in which individual hair follicles are removed from the donor area (usually the back of the head) and transplanted to the recipient area (usually the front and top of the head). This harvesting technique is typically used to treat male and female pattern baldness and other types of hair loss.


FUE allows for greater precision and control in the placement of individual hair follicles.


The individual follicles removed with FUE may not be as strong as those removed with other techniques.

Before FUE and other modern hair surgery methods were developed, early hair restoration techniques were less focused on aesthetic outcomes. In recent years, however, this has changed with newer instrumentation and understanding of donor harvesting. Less invasive and more aesthetic surgical hair transplant techniques like FUE are now commonplace. Hair restoration now offers better outcomes, hope, and effectiveness.

Hair loss of varying degrees is very common, affecting the majority of both men and women at some point in their lives. Its causes vary greatly, ranging from heredity and hormonal changes to medical conditions, dermatological disorders and the normal process of aging. The psychological results of hair loss can be very emotional impactful and disproportionately severe. Hair loss and baldness can be a great source of stress for both male and female patients, affecting self-image, self-esteem, and confidence.

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Hair loss is a part of the human experience for those patients who are genetically affected. Options patients previously had to contemporary treatment medicine were to accept their ever-increasing loss of hair, or cover it up with hairstyles, hats, scarves, and other head coverings.

Fortunately, this is not the situation anymore. Since the modern era of hair transplantation was ushered in the late 1950s, surgical hair transplant procedures have become exponentially more effective and a reliable solution to the problem of hair loss. This is especially true with less invasive harvesting techniques like Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) hair surgery.

Enter FUE Technique – Hair Restoration Exactly Where It’s Needed The Most

Follicular Unit Excision, or commonly referred to as FUE, is currently one of the two most popular surgical hair restoration harvesting techniques, the other being Linear Strip Excision, also known as strip or FUT. Both of these harvesting techniques are based on the same basic principles, but differ in how the hair follicle grafts are harvested. 

FUE is generally the less invasive of the two, focusing on harvesting carefully chosen individual healthy hair follicles instead of excising a small portion of the scalp. With FUE, the follicles are harvested with a small-punch that individually removes the hair follicles.

Dr. Williams, for example, prefers harvesting grafts using a 0.90 to 0.95mm small circular hybrid punches which result in lower transection rates or better graft quality. In our surgical center, our harvested grafts are of excellent quality and are placed in special bio-enhanced holding solutions to preserve follicle viability and graft regrowth. These grafts are then implanted directly into the scalp in a manner that closely resembles the recipient’s natural scalp appearance and hairline.

So, Is FUE The Right Harvesting Method For Me?

The exact harvesting method you and your doctor will chose will depend upon many aspects of your physical exam, aesthetic expectations, and degree of hair loss. There is no definitive answer that can be guaranteed without an examination by Dr. Williams. Each patient is unique, and the “right” hair restoration or transplantation harvesting technique depends on individual needs and situations.

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Typically, FUE is the preferred method for younger patients with stable hair loss and smaller hair loss on the scalp.

Hair loss patterns are often based on the Hamilton-Norwood scale.

Does FUE Produce Natural-Looking Results?

That’s the big question, isn’t it? In short, modern day hair surgery and FUE does not produce any of those infamous pluggy-looking grafts. Beyond that, the natural aesthetically appearing hairline is a result of the artistic qualities of the surgeon.

That artistic aspect of hair transplantation is what many physicians find the most difficult to pin down. As earlier mentioned, Dr. Williams is an international hair surgery lecturer, teacher, researcher, ABHRS Diplomate, and the co-author of the only dedicated international FUE textbook. He himself was previously a Hamilton-Norwood six hair loss pattern, and has had five FUE surgeries since 2009. In fact, his hair loss, insight, and personal understanding of hair loss drove him to become a surgical hair restoration specialist.

Forget About Donor Scars & Long Recovery – FUE Is Surgical Hair Transplant Done With The Lightest Touch Possible

Compared to other surgical hair restoration techniques – namely, Linear Strip Excision – the advantages of FUE mainly have to do with its minimal invasiveness and short recovery times. FUE leaves no linear donor scar so FUE hair recipients can even wear their hair very short with no visible signs of the surgery.

As FUE requires no scalpel use, sutures, or staples, post-operative pain, bleeding and of complications are rarely experienced. FUE patients are able to resume a modified routine as soon as the next day, including limited physical activity. Within a week, patients are able to resume strenuous exercise or workouts.

How Successful Is A FUE Hair Transplant?

When performed properly by a skillful and experienced staff hair transplants are very successful. FUE hair grafts have an average survival rate of 90-99 % depending on the surgeon’s and his staff’s experience, skill, handling of grafts after removal from the scalp, and expertise in inserting the grafts in the recipient sites.

The hair surgeon should be a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS). The ABHRS is the only professional surgical entity that certifies the competency of hair surgeons. Dr. Williams is a Diplomate of the ABHRS, and is an oral examiner and member of the written examination committee that writes the tests questions. Many surgeons wrongly and improperly state their credentials or certification of hair surgical expertise. Such surgeons may be certified by a surgical board that has no oversight or competency of hair surgery.

Many hair clinics advancing FUE devices such as NeoGraft may have non-physicians performing hair surgery. At Orange County Hair Restoration, Dr. Williams himself performs all of the critical-to-quality steps of the hair restoration surgery. He personally exams all patients during their consultation experience. He only performs one hair surgery per day, and he participates in every step of his patients’ surgical experience at our surgical and medical facility conveniently located in Irvine, Orange County.

Does FUE Hurt? Are There Any Risks Involved?

As mentioned above, FUE requires no scalpel use, sutures, or staples. That’s why pain and the risks of post-operative bleeding and risk of complications is nominal. In fact, most patients return to their everyday simple routines quickly.

Surgical Fees?

When it comes to FUE, what you have to keep in mind is that it’s not exactly an à la carte kind of hair restoration procedure. Its specifics depend on the individual needs of the patient, and, naturally, so does its cost. If you wish to receive personalized information about the FUE procedure, the best course of action is to contact us and book a consultation, where we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

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Dr. Ken L. Williams, Diplomate (ABHRS) and Fellow (ISHRS)

Dr. Williams practices medical and surgical hair restoration for men and women. His private practice is dedicated to the art and science of hair restoration. He is a Diplomate of ABHRS, the only surgical organization that certifies surgeons. 

Our hair doctor is also a Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS). He is an expert in regenerative PRP, stem cell therapy, and surgical hair restoration in treating hair loss in men and women. He was one of the early cosmetic hair transplant surgeons to incorporate Follicular Unit Excision into his surgical hair practice, and he relates easily to his hair loss patients as he is a FUE surgical recipient of approximately 10,200 follicular grafts. His office is located in the heart of Orange County in the city of Irvine, along the Laguna and Newport Coasts.

What to do next?

You will need to have a pre-operative appointment where medical history will be taken as well as photos will be taken prior to your surgery.
During your consultation with Dr. Williams, he will ask you about any medications you’re taking such as blood thinners or herbal supplements because these could affect bleeding during surgery.

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