What is FUE Hair Transplant

FUT and FUE Compare

FUE was introduced as an alternative to strip harvesting in FUT. Follicular units were directly punched out one-by-one from the donor scalp. It is a modification of the old school Punch Graft used by Dr Orentrich, except a 0.8 to 1.0-mm diameter smaller punch was used instead of a 4mm biopsy punch.

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FUE since 2006

We provided FUE hair transplant in Hong Kong since 2006, and is regarded as one of the FUE pioneers in Asian Hair.


In 2009 we published the article "FUE: Experience in the Chinese Population" in the Medical Journal of the International Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). Though FUE had been popular in Europe and USA, our article was the first to address the application in Chinese based on our experience in Hong Kong. This article attracted world attention and was later included in various textbooks. Our work was even published in Korea.


We were invited to share our FUE technique in the following international conferences: •   ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal, Canada 2008
•   ISHRS Asian Workshop in Bangkon, Thailand 2011
•   AAHRS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seoul, Korea 2012
•   WFI Annual Scientific Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal 2018

Surgery Demonstration

We performed FUE Live Surgery Demonstration in Taiwan (2007), Thailand (2008), and Mainland China (2011).

Innovation - Sequential FUE Technique

In 2018 we presented our "Double Gun Technique" in ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting in Canada, using both hands for excision and extraction simutaneously. In 2018 the ISHRS FUE Committee re-named it as "Sequential FUE Technique", and honored us as the first in the world to describe it.

Invention - Funnel FUE Punch

Graft transection is the main drawback in FUE. In 2017 we started to develop our own punch, Our punch has a wider opening in the shape of a funnel, and is known as the "Funnel Punch". With this we are able to markly reduce the transection rate. In 2017 our punch was on producion and now used by hair transplant surgeon all over the world.

WFI Fellow Member

We were the only practitioner in Hong Kong and China invited as Fellow Member of the World FUE Institute.

Invited as WFI Annual Scientific Meeting Faculty
Presenting our FUE technique in Portugual 2017

Confusion exists when the same technique comes with different names, mostly for the purpose of marketing as a unique or even secret technique. No matter what it is called, the basic principle of graft isolation remains the same. FUE can further be classified according to the instrument used to extract the follicles:

Wood's Technique
The first surgeon performing FUE was believed to be Dr Wood in Australia, who kept his technique a secret.

Inaba Method
Dr Inaba (Japan) described the same technique in his 1996 textbook "Androgenetic Alopecia".

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
The term FUE was introduced by Dr. Rassman and Bernstein in 2002 in the United States, which gained popularity all over the world

Cole Isolation Technique (CIT)
Developed by Dr John Cole (USA) using his devoce and indtrument

Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)
Many hair transplant centers promotes FUE as a non-surgical procedure. In March 2018 the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) renamed FUE from Follicular Unit "Extraction" to Follicular Unit "Excision". The reason was to emphasise the highly-skilled, surgical nature of the procedure.

Manual FUE
When extraction performed by hands only

Semi-Automatic FUE
When extraction is by hand and assisted by electric device

Automatic FUE
When extraction is by electric device only
by electric device

When extraction is by Robotic setup


Skin Head or Military Style

For those who prefer to keep hair very short at the back of the head, FUE is the only option.

Low Donor Density

When the hair density is low in the donor site, the FUT linear scar would be visible even if hair is kept long.

Small Jobs

When only a few hundred grafts is required, it may not worth leaving a scar behind. FUE is quite suitable for small jobs when total shaving of the donor area is not required.

When Strip is Not Posible

Sometimes the scalp is just too tight to remove a strip. This happens when the patients already have a few FUT-Strip removed previously.