FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) are two very different techniques used in hair transplant procedures. Both aim to restore hair in areas of baldness or thinning in the exact same way, though differ in how the hair is harvested from the safe zone donor region:
- FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction):
- Extraction Method: FUE involves the individual extraction of hair follicles from the donor area, typically at the back or sides of the head. This extraction is done using a small, circular punch tool or a robotic device. Each follicular unit is removed one at a time, leaving tiny, almost undetectable scars that heal quickly.
- Scarring: FUE leaves minimal linear scarring, making it a preferred choice for those who want to keep their hair short.
- Recovery Time: The recovery time for FUE is generally shorter, with minimal discomfort and a faster return to daily activities.
- Suitable for: FUE is suitable for individuals who have sufficient donor hair and wish to wear their hair short.
- FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation):
- Extraction Method: FUT involves the removal of a strip of scalp from the donor area, usually the back of the head. The strip is then dissected into individual follicular units under a microscope by a team of technicians.
- Scarring: FUT leaves a linear scar at the donor site, which can be more noticeable if the hair is worn very short.
- Recovery Time: The recovery time for FUT is typically longer, and there may be some discomfort and a need for sutures or staples to close the incision.
- Suitable for: FUT is suitable for individuals with larger areas of baldness and when a higher number of grafts is needed.
Both FUE and FUT have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between them depends on several factors, including the patient’s hair loss pattern, the availability of donor hair, and their personal preferences.
Contact us today to learn more about which technique may be best for your given case.