Follicular Unit Extraction

Hair loss can make you look older than your age, lower your self-confidence, and prompt you to wear hats or hairstyles that cover bald spots.

Follicular unit extraction is a type of hair transplant that is especially suitable for patients who prefer short hairstyles because it results in negligible scarring.

Find out why so many patients at the Chicago Hair Institute in Chicago, IL, are asking for FUE over older methods of hair restoration...

Achieve Life-Changing Results with a World-Renowned Doctor

Hair loss can lower your self-confidence and conservative treatments such as over-the-counter sprays can leave you discouraged. If you are ready to experience permanent, natural-looking hair growth, schedule a virtual consultation at our Chicago, IL, practice today.

Men and women from all over the world visit Dr. Raymond Konior for their hair loss treatment. Unlike other hair restoration providers, Dr. Konior is:

  • Founder of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • A member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons since 1994
  • An authority on the subject who has authored several research papers

His careful technique, unique eye for detail, and proven results make Dr. Konior one of the top hair restoration surgeons in the world. He has been voted a "Top Doctor in the Chicago Metro Area" for 17 consecutive years. To start your hair restoration journey, request your appointment online or call us:

(630) 932-9690

Dr. Konior
Dr. Konior is one of the top hair restoration surgeons in the world.

A Brief History of the FUE Hair Transplantation Technique

Follicular unit extraction dates back to the late 1930s when a doctor in Japan developed the technique. Since then, FUE methodology has evolved significantly and is now an effective, popular choice for surgical hair transplantation.

Follicular units are hair follicles that contain one to four hairs. In an FUE hair transplant procedure, these hair follicles are extracted one at a time from the donor area. This procedure is much different than elliptical strip harvesting, which removes an entire strip of skin that is then broken down into the individual follicular units. For patients who lack sufficient hair on the scalp for a donor site, FUE can also transplant body hair.

Follicular unit extraction was developed to avoid the scarring that typically accompanies elliptical strip harvesting. With FUE, the extraction sites heal with small, circular scars that are easier to conceal, especially for patients who prefer shorter hairstyles. This procedure has risen in popularity in recent years, especially among male patients, and Dr. Konior has extensive training and experience in this hair transplantation technique.

A Conservative Restorative Technique

Digital illustration of FUE
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a type of grafting method in which individual follicular units are extracted one by one before being placed in the treatment area.

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Dr. Konior is a world-renowned hair restoration surgeon who uses the latest techniques at the Chicago Hair Institute to make hair transplantation safer, more comfortable, and more effective. He works alongside Dr. Sahar Nadimi, who joined our practice to learn from Dr. Konior and carry on his innovative techniques. As cosmetic surgeons, the team personalizes each procedure to the patient to consistently produce completely natural-looking results.

Patients from all over the world visit Dr. Konior because of his prestigious history as a hair restoration surgeon. Dr. Konior is:

  • Founder of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • Member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • Author of several published research papers
  • Recipient of the "Top Doctors in the Chicago Metro Area" recognition for 17 consecutive years

Want to find out if you are a good candidate for a hair transplant using follicular unit extraction? Request an appointment online or call the Chicago Hair Institute at: 

(630) 932-9690

Dr. Konior and Dr. Nadimi
Dr. Konior and Dr. Nadimi

Frank G.

February 12, 2017

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Will keep this simple: two graft procedures in 2 plus years - Dr. Konior is an "artist" in a medical practice - great patient rapport - great support staff - great integrity - highly recommend.

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October 16, 2015

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Dr K is not just one of the best HT surgeons around, he is THE best, am @ 2 years post HT with him, boy oh boy, my life has changed!!, awesome feeling, just talk to him and you are immediately charmed by his no BS, very realistic approach, he is with you the whole 12 hours of a massive HT session. I don't have enough words to describe the whole experience, he can change your life!!

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"My Only Regret Was Waiting"

"I consulted with Dr. Konior (referenced by my stylist whom had other clients that had procedures performed by Dr. Konior). He and staff were thorough, considerate and cognizant of my particular concerns. I waited about a year and in Fall 2014 had about a 2200 graft procedure. A year later my only regret was waiting the year to make up my mind. The doctor's 'work' is truly best defined as "artistry" and has made a positive impact on both my hair appearance and psyche..." Frank G.

Worried about Scarring?

Follicular unit extraction is a highly customizable procedure that produces natural-looking results with minimal downtime. Although the procedure results in less visible scarring than other methods, scarring does still occur, even when the procedure is performed correctly by an expert such as Dr. Konior. Scars are circular and scattered throughout the donor site. When you work with our Chicago practice, you will experience an appropriate amount of scarring that is easily concealed, even with short hair.

Donor site after FUE

Donor site after FUE

We Use Handheld Tools to Ensure Precision & Artistry

Grafts can be extracted manually, mechanically, or robotically with a .07 to 1.2-millimeter punch. While robotic extraction can speed up the process significantly, it does not always produce satisfactory results. Our doctor focuses on quality, so we prefer manual and specialized mechanical methods to achieve the best outcome. 

As cosmetic surgeons, we also have a unique understanding of how hairlines and hair placement relate to your facial features. This deep understanding of cosmetic surgery allows our doctors to create natural-looking hairlines and hair formations that complement your facial features, reverse hair loss, and produce life-changing results.

Wondering If You Qualify?
Take the Next Step

If you are suffering from hair loss and are interested in our FUE treatment, talk to a world-renowned surgeon who is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons. Dr. Konior can determine whether you are a good candidate based on your needs, goals, and budget. We have several methods of surgical hair restoration available at our hair loss center, so we can recommend an option that truly works for you.

You can get started today by booking a virtual consultation.

Why wait? Safe, proven hair loss treatment is within your reach. Contact the Chicago Hair Institute online today or call us: 

(630) 932-9690

Preparing for Hair Transplantation

If you are interested in surgical hair restoration, you can start the process by completing a virtual consultation. From anywhere in the world, you can send pictures of your hair loss and goals for hair growth to Dr. Konior, allowing him to make an initial assessment. Because we are renowned for our hair restoration techniques, patients travel from all over the world to Chicago to receive our exceptional level of care.

Once you are approved for a hair transplant, you will need to take some time off work to schedule your surgery. Because there is very little downtime associated with this technique, you shouldn't need to take more than a couple of days off.

The Treatment Timeline

Every FUE hair transplant is unique. While some are performed during a single session, other patients require several sessions to reach their desired results. Each appointment typically lasts anywhere from three to eight hours depending on how many grafts are being transplanted. You can generally expect several steps during each session:

What to Expect during Your Recovery

Unlike most other hair restoration methods, recovery from FUE is relatively quick. The procedure and recovery involve far less discomfort than other procedures as well. Because the donor area is shaved for the procedure, results are gradual and usually take about six months to become fully apparent. 

Some patients experience some tightness or itchiness on their scalp during their recovery, but these symptoms are temporary and should fade with time. They can also be lessened with over-the-counter pain medication.


Sally P.

September 5, 2014

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A true artist. Thank you Dr. Konior. You've restored my confidence!

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July 24, 2014

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World leader in hair restoration.

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How Much Does FUE Cost?

Follicular unit extraction is a much more technical, time-consuming type of hair transplant, so it is generally more expensive than alternative methods of hair restoration. The price varies from patient to patient and will be shaped by your degree of hair loss, your hair growth goals, and your desired timeline. The best way to get an initial estimate is to schedule a virtual consultation with our team.

We Make Investing in Your Appearance Accessible

We know FUE is a considerable investment but we want to make this advanced treatment available to anyone who is interested in it. We accept all major credit cards as well as third-party financing through Springstone. 

Chicago Hair Institute

At the Chicago Hair Institute, we welcome men and women who want to correct hair loss or enhance their look with cosmetic surgery. Dr. Konior is a world-renowned hair restoration surgeon with various prestigious affiliations: 

  • Founder of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • Member of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

As a result of his contributions to the world of hair restoration surgery, Dr. Konior has been voted one of the "Top Doctors in the Chicago Metro Area" for 17 consecutive years. Ready to see one of the nation's leading hair transplant surgeons? Request an appointment online or call us at (630) 932-9690.

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Dr. Raymond J. Konior, MD, FACS

Chicago Hair Institute

Dr. Raymond J. Konior and the team at the Chicago Hair Institute offer world-class treatment backed by over 30 years of expertise in the field of hair restoration. Our doctors are nationally affiliated with professional associations including:

  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

To learn more or to schedule an appointment at our Chicago, IL, hair restoration clinic, contact us online or call (630) 932-9690.

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