Hair loss can happen to anyone at any age, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with thinning hair or bald spots for the rest of your life. The team at MAXIM Hair Restoration offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical options to restore your hair and confidence in as little as one visit. In your initial consultation, our specialists will discuss your options and help you select the best treatment for your situation. One of those options is follicular unit extraction (FUE), and today we’ll dive into the differences between FUE treatment systems. 

What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?

What is the best FUE method?

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is one type of hair transplant available for individuals experiencing hair loss. This treatment takes approximately six to eight hours in the office and is performed with the client awake under local anesthesia. Most people experience minimal pain and have a quick recovery. FUE’s work by taking follicular units (a grouping of 1-4 hair follicles) from a donor area, usually at the back of your head, and moving them to the part of your body where thinning or loss is present. The surgeon uses micro punches to remove each hair follicle, without impacting the look of the donor area.

FUE usually takes place in just one session, roughly 6-8 hours long. Rarely, a surgeon might opt to perform a mega session over multiple days. FUE is an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll go home the same day once the treatment is complete. Transplanted hair typically begins to grow back around three to four months later, and you can expect up to 80% growth by month 9. Typically, 12 months is considered to be the full aesthetic result, but new hair will continue growing from months 12-18.

You can choose from several FUE treatment options, each with its unique twist on hair transplantation. The cost of FUE varies depending on the amount of grafts being transplanted, equipment used, and any conjunctive therapies that may be added. Our team at MAXIM also provides various forms of financing to accommodate a variety of financial needs.

What Is the WAW System?

One FUE option is the WAW System, which has made FUE easier, faster, and more productive while remaining minimally invasive. The WAW system allows the clinician to determine the precise depth of penetration required to lift the graft with minimal trauma to the donor site. Gentle removal of the follicle also allows the tissue to remain intact around the natural hair shaft, reducing signs of extraction. It also oscillates gently to dislodge the graft so that technicians are not required to risk damaging the graft by applying pressure with forceps to remove the unit. Benefits of using WAW for follicular unit extraction include:

  • Faster harvesting of follicles.
  • Lower risk of damaging the surrounding hair follicles.
  • High survival rate.
  • Small incisions.
  • Fast healing.
  • Superior outcomes, thanks to precision control.
  • Suitable for all hair types.
  • No linear scar.


Another option for follicular unit extraction is the ATERA FUE system that creates subtle and natural results. ATERA is a digital device that represents the most advanced and latest hair transplant technologies available. Benefits of the ATERA FUE system include:

  • Provides the exact number of grafts harvested, thanks to its digital graft counter.
  • Lubricates the hair follicle root during extraction.
  • Keeps graft lubricated until implantation.
  • Has separate tubings for graft suction and lubrication.
  • Is more efficient and faster than other FUE systems.
  • Results in minimal bleeding and less trauma with a lighter headpiece.
  • Boasts natural-looking results.
  • Is minimally invasive.
  • Leaves little to no scarring.
  • Has simple aftercare.
  • Results in quick recovery.
  • Offers long-lasting results.
  • Comes with minimal risk.
  • Is effective on tight strips.

What Is Cole FUE?

Dr. John P. Cole is a leading hair transplant surgeon in Atlanta, Georgia, who invented the Cole Isolation Technique for follicular unit extraction. The Cole Isolation Technique specialized instrument emphasizes MAXIMum density with little to no scarring and minimal invasiveness. Benefits of Cole FUE include:

  • Enables donor areas to regenerate follicles potentially.
  • Offers faster recovery than any other FUE method.

What Is the Ellis FUE Instrument?

The Ellis FUE system is a simple, inexpensive automated punch tool with a rotational mode used to extract hair follicles. Benefits of using the Ellis Instrument include:

  • low graft deterioration.
  • Minimally invasive.
  • Little to no scarring.

Is FUE the Right Hair Restoration Treatment for You?

With any type of hair restoration treatment, you must determine which option is best for you and your type of hair loss. The specialists at MAXIM Hair Restoration spend time during your initial consultation determining the ideal treatment option to provide you with the best results possible. Follicular unit extraction is just one of many options available to you at MAXIM Hair Restoration. Other options include: 

  • Follicular unit transplant. This procedure takes a strip of skin from the donor area on your head and dissects it into smaller grafts to transplant to the area experiencing hair loss. Each graft contains one to three follicles, and the procedure takes approximately four to six hours in the office.
  • 3D scalp micropigmentation. This technique uses microneedles to deposit pigment into the scalp to replicate hair follicles, providing you with a stroke that resembles natural hair. Our technicians use a topical anesthetic to minimize the pain, and you should not experience any bleeding.
  • Collagen induction therapy. CIT stimulates collagen production in your scalp via a roller device. Sessions typically last 30 minutes with a quick recovery. CIT improves the absorption of topical steroids and products such as Rogaine. CIT might also promote the natural production of hair follicles.
  • Hybrid procedures. Your MAXIM Hair Restoration specialist might determine that a combination of surgical and nonsurgical procedures is the best fit for your situation. These hybrid procedures generally take more than one session to complete.

Contact MAXIM Hair Restoration Today

MAXIM Hair Restoration employs highly trained technicians to serve your hair restoration needs better. All our technicians have:

  • Eight or more years of experience with FUE, FUT, and SMP procedures.
  • Certification as a CMA, nurse, or surgical technician.
  • Experience as a Bosley Hair Transplant technician.
  • Experience across all platforms, including WAW, ATERA, Cole, and Ellis Instrument.
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