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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...

3 Benefits of Choosing FUE Hair Transplant

Negligible Scarring

Unlike follicular unit transplantation (FUT), follicular unit extraction does not leave a large linear scar at the donor site. This allows hair transplant patients to wear short hairstyles with confidence. 

Expedited Recovery

FUT relies on sutures, requiring substantial downtime and a lengthy recovery period following the procedure. However, patients who undergo FUE can typically return to their normal activities within a few days.

Improved Self-Confidence

By carefully relocating healthy donor hair from the back of your head to other areas of your scalp, this incredibly natural-looking type of hair transplantation can help you look and feel younger and more confident. 

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

Dr. Konior 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 specializes in complementary cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and injectable treatments. As cosmetic surgeons, the team personalizes each procedure to the patient to consistently produce completely natural-looking results.

Our doctors are members of many renowned organizations, including:

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

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

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Frank G.

Frank G.

February 12, 2017

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. View On Accurate

HairReloaded

HairReloaded

October 16, 2015

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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Can FUE Hair Transplant Help You?

Scarring from Previous Procedures

If you have a noticeable strip scar from a previous hair transplant procedure, FUE can be a subtle way to undergo retreatment. Dr. Konior can also use this technique to transplant hair over and around scars, minimizing their appearance. 

Compromised Donor Site

Some inexperienced surgeons tend to over-harvest hair from donor sites, leaving thinning or bald spots on the scalp. If you are missing large amounts of hair in the donor region, you may be a good candidate for retreatment.

Preference for Short Hairstyles

Because there are no visible strip scars after the procedure, this method of hair transplantation is a particularly good option for men and women who prefer to sport closely cropped hairstyles.

Want a Quick Recovery

This type of hair transplant boasts a much shorter recovery period. It is also a great option for those who require less downtime before they can return to work. 

"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.

In Order to Undergo the Procedure, You Should Also Have:

Sufficient Donor Hair

Candidacy for FUE is primarily determined by the state of the donor site. While body hair is sometimes a viable option for a transplant, it may not be appropriate for everyone.

A Looser Scalp

It's typically easier Dr. Konior to perform this type of hair transplant and achieve good results for patients who have looser scalp tissue than on tighter skin.

Willingness to Shave Donor Area

While the procedure of popular among men, some women with longer hair typically do not want to opt for FUE because it requires shaving the donor area. 

Extractable Follicular Units

Follicular unit extraction is typically not recommended for patients whose follicular units cannot be extracted without damaging the tissue or groupings of hairs.

A Flexible Budget

This is a highly complex treatment performed by a few select surgeons in the world, so it is more expensive. Patients should discuss their budget and financing options with us.

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, we 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:

Shaving

Prior to treatment, the donor site is shaved so it is two to three millimeters in length, allowing for closer examination of exit angles and direction of protruding hair shafts.

Anesthetic

To ensure your comfort during the procedure, we will numb the treatment areas with a local anesthetic. Patients report that they feel little to no discomfort during the course of the treatment.

Extraction

Dr. Konior uses a punch tool to harvest the grafts, following the paths of the hair shafts to avoid follicular transection. Transected, or damaged, follicular units are not viable for grafts. 

Preparation

Each follicular unit is carefully examined under a microscope before it is prepared. We will group units according to how many hair follicles are in each one for a natural-looking formation.

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.

Sally P.

September 5, 2014

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

James

James

July 24, 2014

World leader in hair restoration. View On Accurate

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

Chicago Hair Institute office

At the Chicago Hair Institute, we welcome men and women who want to correct hair loss or enhance their look with cosmetic surgery. Our doctors stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and are members of several prestigious organizations, including the: 

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

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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