Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is an advanced hair transplant technique offered in Rochester, NY, at the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration. FUE doesn’t require an incision and is often preferred by hair transplant patients who wear their hair short.

Because Dr. Vito Quatela, Dr. Heather Lee, and Dr. Alex Montague are very experienced FUE hair transplant surgeons, people travel not only from Buffalo and Syracuse, NY, but also internationally to the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration. Request a consultation using the online form, or call our office at (585) 244-0323 to schedule an appointment.

FUE Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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FUE Case 1055 Before & After View #1 | Rochester, NY | Quatela Center for Hair Restoration
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Male FUE Hair Transplant Case #1

Follicular unit extraction (FUE). 2000 grafts.
FUE Case 1334 Before & After View #1 | Rochester, NY | Quatela Center for Hair Restoration
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Male FUE Hair Transplant Case #2

Follicular unit extraction (FUE). 1800 grafts.  After photos taken 5 months post-op.
FUE Case 1001315 Before & After Front | Rochester, NY | Quatela Center for Hair Restoration
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Case #1001315

Follicular unit extraction (FUE). 1800 grafts. Focused on frontal and temporal areas.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

“Dr. Vito Quatela and his support staff were/are amazing. They are so professional, caring and kind. They are truly ‘The Best’! My FUE procedure was painless and pleasant…Thank you for all you and your team do. It is so nice to have hair on my head again, where I thought I would never have any ever again. I recommend Dr. Quatela and Staff to everyone I meet.”

dmhernandezrn, 42-year-old RealSelf user

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Which Is the Best Method of Hair Transplant?

The FUE hair replacement technique can create excellent results, but may not be the right choice for you. During your consultation, Dr. Quatela, Dr. Lee, or Dr. Montague examines your scalp and discusses your aesthetic goals. Your surgeon also explains your hair restoration options, including follicular unit transplantation, which is often called the “strip method.” Non-surgical options, such as topical or oral medications, may also work for you.

What Are the Advantages of FUE Hair Transplants?

Advantages of the FUE method include:

  • Minimal recovery time and minor discomfort
  • No linear scar on the back of the scalp
  • Patients can wear their hair very short

FUE may require more treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. Hair in the donor site (the back of the scalp, in most cases) is trimmed very short in a large area to ensure precise harvesting of hair grafts. FUE is typically more costly than the FUT method.

Together, you and your surgeon can discuss the advantages of choosing the FUE method versus the advantages of the FUT method.

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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How Is a Hair Transplant Done?

The personalized patient care you receive at the Quatela Center begins with providing all the information you need to understand the benefits of hair transplant surgery. Everyone has areas of their scalps that are genetically programmed to resist the hormones that cause baldness. With the exception of some medical conditions, even people with male pattern baldness will continue to grow hair on the back and sides of their scalps. Hair harvested from these areas and grafted to balding portions of the scalp will continue to grow because it retains its genetic code.

Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a board-certified otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedures of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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How Does FUE Hair Restoration Work?

The FUE hair restoration procedure begins with a density count to determine the area of the scalp from which we will harvest hair follicles (donor site). The hair in the donor site is trimmed extremely close to the scalp and a local anesthetic is used to numb the donor site prior to harvesting the grafts. Using the Dutch method, or WAW foot pedal system, which has been adapted by the Quatela Center for FUE cases, the physicians use a handheld, motorized system that employs the use of a trumpet-shaped punch. This allows for more precise harvesting of quality grafts in a shorter period of time without the use of suction.

During the procedure, you may be seated, or lying face down or on your side. Once the desired number of grafts has been harvested, the recipient site is numbed with a local anesthetic and each graft is transplanted with attention to the angle of the natural hair growth to produce results that look natural. These subtle factors are critically important for Dr. Quatela, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Montague.

How Painful Is a Hair Transplant?

Your scalp is numb during the FUE procedure, so there is minimal discomfort. In addition to allowing for greater control over the grafts harvested, patients have reported that the gentler method of acquiring grafts with the Dutch method has made it more comfortable than other methods they have undergone. Our providers and staff have noticed patients have less complains of pain with this method of FUE.

Dr. Alex Montague Dr. Alex Montague

Dr. Alex Montague, M.D.

Board-Certified Otolaryngologist—Head And Neck Surgeon

Known for his exemplary skills in both technique and patient care, Dr. Montague is a highly-trained facial plastic surgeon and board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon. He specializes in cosmetic and functional facial surgery and injectable treatments.

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How Many Days Rest Are Needed After a Hair Transplant?

Because the FUE technique is minimally invasive, recovery is fairly quick with few restrictions on your activities. The Dutch method has decreased the donor site healing times by several days in many patients. Hold off on aerobic activity, heavy lifting, and any bending or straining for the first week. Please review the pre- and postoperative instructions to help you determine the length of time you will require before returning to work based on the activities you perform.

How Long After Hair Transplant Do You See Results?

The transplanted hair follicles usually require about 3 months before new growth can be appreciated. They will experience a process of shedding and regrowth during that period, with good results at 6 months and full results after 1 year.


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