Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a method of hair transplant that harvests viable follicular units (hair follicles) from a patient’s donor area, one at a time, to provide that patient with units that can then be used to create full hair restoration.

Follicular Unit Extraction




Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a method of hair transplant that harvests viable follicular units (hair follicles) from a patient’s donor area, one at a time, to provide that patient with units that can then be used to create full hair restoration.

Hair loss is a common problem that affects both genders across the globe, and can be due to a variety of factors such as age, stress, illness and hormones. Once the underlying factor has been treated (such as illness or stress), then Dr. Colin Hong can begin to help restore your hair. One of the surgical treatments for hair restoration is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which involves manual removal of individual hair follicles from denser areas of a patient’s scalp, and then transplantation into an area that requires more density. The precision and expertise involved in this procedure requires a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Colin Hong. At FUE-Canada, we are committed to treating hair loss with patient-centered care to make sure you receive the best results you are looking for.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a method of hair transplant that harvests viable follicular units (hair follicles) from a patient’s donor area, one at a time, to provide that patient with units that can then be used to create full hair restoration.

At Dr. Colin Hong’s, this procedure is a two-phase process (not including time to heal) that encourages swift recovery and minimal discomfort. Our Toronto-based hair transplant clinic is renowned for creating natural FUE hair transfers in a professional and discreet environment.


Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) makes it possible for men and women suffering from androgenetic alopecia to experience an affordable solution to hair loss treatment.

  • 95% permanent hair growth within 10 months post-op
  • Zero linear scarring
  • Minimal pain
  • Speedy recovery

How Follicular Unit Extraction Works

FUE is one of two methods of extracting and transplanting hair follicles. Unlike strip harvesting (which extracts a strip of skin to dissect individual follicular units), FUE extracts individual follicles directly from the patient’s donor area. FUE produces less scarring and more natural results.


First, we begin by giving the patient a mild sedative either orally or intravenously to minimize anxiety, reduce discomfort, and help prevent any side effects that the anesthetic may cause. Then, we cut the patient’s hair in the donor area to create a sizable strip of clipped follicles. If the hair in the donor area is left 1 to 2 inches long, the hair above the donor site should completely mask this area immediately after the procedure.


Next, we anesthetize the donor area and the patient with a local anesthetic using a very small gauge needle (a needle smaller than most acupuncture needles). This is the only uncomfortable part of this procedure. Many patients express that this part of the FUE process causes less discomfort than a dental procedure. For patients who are wary of needles, we can also administer an inhalation anesthetic to provide zero pain. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, our FUE technicians use a special motorized punch extraction tool to harvest each of the donor FUE units.

At Dr. Colin Hong, we conduct FUE using a “stick and place” method for transplanting harvested follicles. The use of smaller sized grafts causes less disturbance in the skin, leading to minimal discomfort, almost zero visible scarring, and natural results.


Once the transplant is complete, our grafts are held in place by your coagulated blood and a light but secure turban-like bandage that may be applied after the operation and left in place overnight. Patients undergoing hair transplant at the front of their scalp who do not experience more than the normal amount of bleeding during surgery can go home two hours after their procedure without a bandage around their head. However, most patients prefer the security of an overnight bandage. All patients must return the next morning to remove the bandage (if applied) and undergo a professional follow-up cleansing, hair washing, and check-up.

Benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Advanced Technology

FUE is known as one of the most advanced procedures for restoring hair. The procedure can be carried out with the help of automated technologies to achieve optimal results. With the assistance of these technologies, patients who want to restore their hair can have a comfortable and convenient treatment.

Shorter Recovery Time

Another great benefit of FUE is that it is less invasive which also means a shorter recovery time. Under normal circumstances, you can resume your regular daily activities after the following day of your procedure. However, there are instances that you may be required by your surgeon to wear a hat during the first few days as a precaution.

No Visible Scarring

For most patients, one of the factors they consider when getting surgery is how the scar would look like after the treatment. Compared to FUT which can leave you with a long horizontal scar, FUE produces small, pinprick scars scattered throughout your scalp that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. This is what makes FUE popular over other hair transplant procedures.

Natural Looking Results

The FUE hair transplant procedure is designed to provide a natural hair appearance without leaving a visible scar on the patient’s scalp. The customized extraction and transplantation means the process results in the look that you want. This treatment has been a successful and reliable procedure over the years in addressing hair loss. Nowadays, FUE is a popular procedure for many individuals who are looking to restore their hair.

Multiple Hair Style Options

In addition to being a less invasive hair loss treatment compared to FUT, FUE is also capable of giving you options as to how you wear your new hair. The lack of any visible scarring means you can wear your hair short without worry of having noticeably undergone hair restoration.

Why Choose Dr. Colin Hong?

Many individuals who are suffering from hair loss choose to undergo Follicular Unit Extraction to help restore their hair knowing that it is one of the most advanced hair loss treatments nowadays. However, though the process of FUE seems simple to understand, it is important to know that much of the success of this treatment relies on the skill and experience of the care provider. The hair follicles must be harvested in just the right way in order to maximize their viability once transplanted. Dr. Hong and his hair transplant team have performed many years of successful FUE procedures and know the best ways to produce an outstanding result. Dr. Hong’s extensive experience in performing surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures further his reputation in providing a professional and comfortable treatment to every patient.

Training and Background

Dr. Colin Hong is a dedicated plastic surgeon in Toronto where he is known for his extensive experience in the application of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Microvascular Surgery, and Hair Transplant Surgery. Dr. Hong actively participates with associations and fellowships to keep track of the improvements and advancements of each procedure he is performing. For cases with hair loss, Dr. Hong provides the most advanced hair transplant techniques such as FUE and FUT to achieve natural-looking results for his patients. So if you are considering hair restoration, Dr. Hong can give you recommendations on which treatment best fits your concerns.

Doctor-Patient Relationship

Dr. Colin Hong believes that good communication with his patients is key to achieving optimal results from the procedure. He also knows how important it is to address the concerns and desires of his patients to achieve optimal results. Dr. Hong closely monitors his patients after surgery to make sure their recovery is going smoothly. He is easily reachable by phone should there be any questions or concerns post-operatively.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Hair Transplant Last Forever?

The good thing about hair transplant procedures is that it is designed to provide a permanent solution to patients who are suffering from hair loss. However, the success of the treatment weighs heavily on the care provider. Dr. Colin Hong is a trained and experienced hair transplant surgeon. He is committed to treating hair loss with the latest research and technology to ensure that optimal results are achieved.

Does FUE Look Natural?

FUE hair transplant procedure gives you natural-looking results with a shorter recovery period. Dr. Colin Hong and his team have many years worth of knowledge and experience and can provide you with a customized transplantation.

Can You Go Bald Again After a Hair Transplant?

In the few months after the FUE procedure, shedding of your original hair will likely occur before the new hair will start to grow back at the transplanted site. This is normal and is only temporary. You will receive post-operative instructions from your surgeon to ensure optimal healing and care after the surgery. However, if you continue to experience hair loss, the hair at the transplanted site can also be affected.

Do Donor Follicles Grow Back?

Since the entire hair follicle is removed and placed in a new location, it will likely not grow back in the old one. Most cases where there is a re-growth of hair is when hair follicles are not completely removed from your donor area. However, your surgeon will only harvest from areas where the effect of the removal of hair follicles is barely noticeable.

Does a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Leave Scars?

FUE’s major advantage over other hair transplant procedures is that it does not leave noticeable scars on your scalp. Provided the procedure is performed by a hair transplant specialist, the result will likely be a natural-looking hair restoration without you worrying about any visible scars at all.

Are Hair Transplants Painful?

Though FUE is minimally invasive, there may still be a bit of discomfort during the procedure. Usually this occurs during the administration of local anesthesia. However, we will provide measures to reduce this discomfort as much as possible, such as with the use of a mild sedative beforehand.

What Is the Best Age for Hair Transplant?

Normally, the ideal age for an individual to undergo FUE is when the thinning of hair is not too advanced. There needs to be adequate hair density at the back of the scalp for follicles to be harvested for transplant. With significant hair loss and balding, there may not be enough hair for transplantation.

Can Chest Hair Be Used for Hair Transplant?

Hair follicles collected from the head are ideal for transplantation back to the scalp. This is because the nature of hairs varies through different parts of our body. However, if there are no available hair follicles on the head of the patient, beard and chest hair can be used as a substitute for hair restoration on the area where the patient desires. Please speak with Dr. Hong to see if this is a possibility for you.

Does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Work?

Yes. FUE can be a complex procedure, but with the combination of advanced technology and the skill and expertise of Dr. Hong and his team, the surgery can be very successful. FUE is currently considered one of the most advanced and successful hair loss treatments. Dr. Hong has been performing FUE for many years, and is committed to helping patients regain their confidence.

Is Fue Hair Transplant Permanent?

One of the main goals of FUE is to provide a permanent solution to individuals who are struggling with hair loss. If the procedure is performed by a qualified hair specialist and post-instructions are followed carefully, the chances of a permanent result will be high.