Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) for Grey/White Hair

FUE for Grey/White Hair

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a method of removing hair from the back of the scalp ('donor area') one by one. It is often considered in men who wish to wear their hair short because it does not create a linear scar.  By linear scar, I simply mean a scar that appears as a thin thin.

FUE is more challenging in patients with certain hair characteristics, including those with very curly hair and those with grey/white hair. However, with careful planning, their are ways to overcome these challenges.


1. FUE for Curly Hair (Black men and women).

A previous blog I wrote last year discussed ways of successfully performing FUE for black men and women.


2. FUE for Grey/White Hair

FUE is more challenging in those with grey white hair because it is more challenging to see the angle of the hairs beneath the scalp.  Theoretically, if the angle can not be properly seen, the rate of injury or transection goes up considerably.  We encourage our FUE patients with grey/white hair to dye their hair 4 days before the procedure and to wash the scalp daily in the days leading up to the procedure. This allows us to visualize the hairs more effectively and reduce transection rates during FUE extraction.



Contrary to popular views, FUE is not for everyone.  However, with careful planning and design of the procedure, a large number of patients who might otherwise be considered poor candidates for FUE can be offered the procedure.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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