When someone has lost most of his hair and is left with a narrow rear fringe, because the hairs in this “safe” area are fewer in number, two methods of HARVESTING can be utilized.
This “safe” or donor scalp is unique because those follicles are capable of growing hair for most of a person’s lifetime, even in the baldest individual.
First, the FUT method may be used once or twice. In an FUT procedure, a strip of scalp is removed and the 1- 4 hair grafts (Follicular Units or FUs) are removed under microscopes. There is a limit to how wide a strip of scalp can be removed, and in most cases, after one to two removals, the scalp is too tight to allow for more strip removals.
Because there is still usable follicles left, they can be removed individually with a small punch (Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE). Combining these two procedures in selected individuals, allows us to maximize the amount of hairs from a limited donor scalp