For a long time the only way to perform FUE was to shave the entire back and sides of the scalp as the hair needs to be a few millimeters long in order to extract. That has now changed.
Now we can perform long hair FUE which allows the patient to keep their hair long and completely conceal any evidence that FUE was performed in the donor region.
The patient leaves their hair at least 1.5 inches long and we go through the donor hair individually and randomly cut short the follicles we plan to extract. This allows us to completely conceal the donor region. It also allows up to choose the follicles with the most hairs per follicle which gives the patient the best ultimate result.
Since I have had multiple strip harvest hair transplant procedures in the past, I wanted to have this technique performed on myself to better understand what it felt like, which would in turn give me greater insight into the process. I can wholeheartedly state that this process was so much easier than my previous strip harvest procedures. I had virtually no pain the next day and was back to work a day later.
The photo below shows my donor zone the day after over 2000 follicles were harvested via long hair FUE.
I believe that this process will revolutionize FUE and open it up to so many more people that were hesitant, like myself, because they did not want to shave their head for the procedure.
This is a patient who previously underwent an FUE procedure performed by another physician with unnatural results secondary to the placement of large grafts in the hairline. I created more density and placed single hair grafts into the hairline to create a more natural look. The grafts were harvested via FUE using a 0.8mm motorized punch tip. Approximately 400 single hair grafts were placed into the hairline to create a much more natural look.
Unfortunately there are many physicians offering hair transplants that are not properly trained. It is imperative that you do your research before deciding on your surgeon and always chose someone who specializes exclusively in hair restoration.
Here is a male patient of mine who wanted more fullness to his eyebrows. We extracted his donor follicles via FUE. In the video the patient shares his experience undergoing the procedure and his satisfaction with the results.
Here is a patient of mine who received 1560 grafts via FUE to the frontal scalp and temporal peaks. He has graciously agreed to share his experience undergoing the procedure from day 1 until now, 1 year post procedure.
Here is a patient of mine who wanted a Tom Selleck circa Magnum PI mustache. His mustache was a little thin genetically.
I harvested just over 700 grafts via FUE using a 0.75mm extraction tip from the neck beard. That way I would be transferring hair from one area to another that has the same quality to it.
The “after” photos show the patient one week after the procedure and as you can see the scarring from the extractions in the donor area is almost invisible and the mustache appears significantly wider and denser than it was pre procedure. The patient will shed most of the transplanted mustache hairs and they will regrow starting at 3-4 months but this photo is a sneak peak into the final result that we should see in 9-12 months.
The patient is thrilled and excited to see his final results then.
All the best,
Marc Dauer, MD
this is a patient of Dr. Marc Dauer who had grafts extracted from the neck via FUE and transplanted into the mustache beard
this is the donor region for grafts harvested via FUE for transplantation into the mustache
Here is a patient who came to me after having undergone several previous procedures and scalp reductions with other hair transplant physicians.
He wanted to add hair to his mid scalp and crown (where there was virtually no hair and a scalp reduction scar) and to attempt to conceal a very wide donor scar from his previous strip hair transplant procedures.
I extracted just over 900 grafts from the neck beard and placed them into the scalp and scar. The results are shown after 9 months and they are already impressive.
The patient should see some increased density over the next 3-6 months as the hairs thicken in diameter.
Although the beard hair is a different consistency than scalp hair it works well in cases like this where there is no more scalp hair to donate and when “filler” hair is needed for increased cosmetic density.
The patient is looking forward to another procedure to add more density in the scalp from the beard hair.
A patient with a relatively thick beard can have up to 2000 grafts to donate from the area below the jaw line.
All the best,
Marc Dauer, M.D.
beard hair extracted via FUE transplanted to the scalp
beard hair follicles extracted via FUE and transplanted into strip scar
Here is a patient of mine who received just over 1100 grafts via FUE to the hairline and frontal scalp. The grafts were extracted manually using a 0.8mm extraction tip.
The grafted region and the donor regions are shown 1 week post procedure and as you can see there is almost no evidence of scarring in the donor region and very little to be seen in the recipient region other than the new transplanted grafts.
All the best,
Marc Dauer, M.D.
This is the recipient region pre FUE hair transplant and 1 week after just over 1100 grafts were placed in the hairline.
This is the donor region immediately post FUE hair transplant and 1 week afterward.