Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) Research

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FUE Research and Advancement

Welcome to the FUE Research and Advancement page! The content on this page is overseen by the FUE Advancement Committee. The purpose of the FUE Advancement Committee is to establish quality control, improve FUE procedures and outcomes, and to educate. There are two subcommittees that comprise the committee: the FUE Literature Review Subcommittee and the FUE Terminology Subcommittee.

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FUE Clinical Practice Guidelines: Developed by the ISHRS Follicular Unit Excision Advancement Committee (FUEAC) Authors (alphabetical): Márcio Crisóstomo, MD, FISHRS, Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS, Aditya K. Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS, Parsa Mohebi, MD, FISHRS, Robert H. True, MD, MPH, FISHRS, and Ken L. Williams, Jr. DO, FISHRS. FUEAC Chair and Primary Editor: James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS.

FUE Clinical Practice Guidelines

Issue Number: 4
Published Date: July/Aug 2019


FUE Literature Review Subcommittee:
The ISHRS FUE Advancement Committee is pleased to announce that the efforts in collecting FUE-related research and publications from the ISHRS Forum, relevant journals and the abstracts from the ISHRS scientific meetings have resulted in an annotated bibliography available to members. The collection of citations spans from 2009 to 2018. This annotated bibliography will be kept current through the ongoing efforts of Dr. Aditya Gupta, chairman of the FUE Literature Review Subcommittee, and his team.

PubMed Articles (2009-2018)

Hair Transplant Forum International Articles (2009-2018)


FUE Terminology Subcommittee:
In 2013, the ISHRS committee on FUE terminology established standard terminology for the practice of follicular unit extraction (FUE). Since its publication, this terminology has become standard among hair restoration surgeons worldwide. The terminology provides clear definitions of various techniques, steps of FUE, graft quality and patterns of graft injury, and ways to measure the quality of FUE surgery.

In 2018, the International Society of Hair Restoration surgery formally changed FUE terminology from Follicular Unit “Extraction” to Follicular Unit “Excision” in order to more accurately define FUE as a surgical procedure. Excision is the combination of “incision” followed by “extraction.” This overall change necessitated change in some other standard terminology. In writing this revision of the Standard FUE terminology, we have fully adopted the use of “excision” throughout the definitions. By utilizing this terminology, practitioners can communicate effectively with one another in day-to-day practice and in academic presentations and investigations and convey to the public the true nature of the procedure.

The ISHRS would like to acknowledge the work of the members of the FUE Research Committee (FUERC) and the members of the Terminology Sub-committee who created the initial terminology document, and the members of the FUE Advancement Committee (FUEAC) who have contributed to this updated version. Robert H. True, MD, MPH, FISHRS is the primary author and editor of the material added subsequent to the original terminology publication. The following physicians were involved in the creation and editing of the initial and current terminology document: Flavia Barsali, MD, Christian N. Bisanga, MD, John P. Cole, MD, Márcio Crisóstomo, MD, FISHRS, Jean Devroye, MD, FISHRS, Kapil Dua, MD, FISHRS, Koray Erdogan, MD, Bijan Feriduni, MD, FISHRS, Alex Ginzburg, MD, FISHRS, Aditya Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS, James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS (Chair, FUEAC), Chiara Insalaco, MD, PhD, Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD, Melike Kuelahci, MD, Jose Lorenzo, MD, Jennifer H. Martinick, MBBS, FISHRS, Parsa Mohebi, MD, FISHRS, Maria Angelica Muricy, MD, Osman T. Oguzoglu, MD, FISHRS, Jae Pak, MD, Paul T. Rose, MD, JD, FISHRS, Ronald L. Shapiro, MD, FISHRS, Mauro Speranzini, MD, FISHRS, Robert H. True, MD, MPH, FISHRS, Arthur Tykocinski, MD, FISHRS, Sanusi Umar, MD, FISHRS, Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS, Ken Williams, DO, FISHRS, and Bradley R. Wolf, MD, FISHRS.

The below article was published in the ISHRS Hair Transplant Forum International:

Guide to Currently Accepted FUE and Implanter Terminology

Issue Number: 3
Published Date: May/June 2019

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