FUE or FUT Hair Transplant
Patients who are considering hair transplant surgery will often find the terms FUE or FUT during the course of their investigation and will wonder how to decide whether a FUE or FUT hair transplant is the right option for them. At Hairskill, our surgical team performs both FUT and FUE hair transplants, so our answer to that question is always the same: a hair transplant surgeon will be able to advise you on the best hair transplant procedure, either FUE or FUT , following a detailed consultation. Having said that, it is important to understand the difference between FUE and FUT hair transplants.
FUE FUT – What’s The Difference
FUT or FUE. When performing a hair transplant, the surgeon must ensure that the donor’s hair is only removed from the donor’s safe region. There are two surgical techniques by which hair can be removed from the donor area of a patient’s scalp. Follicular units transplant, FUT and extraction of follicular units, FUE. In a FUT hair transplant, a thin strip of hair is removed from the donor region. In a FUE transplant, each hair graft is removed from the donor region one by one, using a piercing tool. Regardless of whether FUE or FUT is used to remove the hair, the method to transplant each of the grafts is exactly the same.
Many clinics promote FUE over FUT. This is mainly due to the fact that a smaller team is needed to perform the FUE hair transplants. When an FUT procedure is performed, an experienced experienced surgeon is required to complete the surgery at an acceptable level, without putting the patient at risk.
FUE vs FUT – Advantages and Disadvantages.
For patients who undergo a FUE hair transplant, in most cases, you should shave the entire scalp before the procedure. For patients who undergo an FUT procedure, only the strip of hair that is to be removed is trimmed, allowing patients to return to their normal lives much more quickly, without others knowing they have received a hair transplant .
Since the FUE technique only allows a technician to extract every second hair graft from the donor’s safe area, the performance of the grafts is lower. As a result, many clinics are forced to remove hair from outside this area, which means that as the patient ages, these transplanted hairs can become thin and lost.
Hair removal outside of the donor area with FUE can also cause circular scars outside the donor region to become visible as time passes. The survival rate of the grafts in a FUE hair transplant procedure is lower, since the accuracy of the drilling tool is less than that of a technician who uses a microscope.
A FUT hair transplant procedure requires that a stitch be used and the patient must return seven to ten days later to have it removed. In a FUE hair transplant procedure no stitches are needed.
FUT or FUE Hair Transplants – Scarring
Even the most skilled hair transplant surgeons cannot perform hair surgery without leaving scars, any claim to the contrary is totally unscrupulous. Both FUE and FUT hair transplants form scars. FUT forms a linear scar, whereas FUE forms multiple circular scars, which extend over a large area. For patients who like to use their hair very short, hair transplants with FUE may be the preferable option, since the scars resulting from the FUE procedure may be less noticeable in very short hair, as they are more widespread.
FUE or FUT – Additional Hair Transplant Procedures
At a later stage, if a patient decides to undergo a second or third hair transplant, with the FUT technique, a skilled surgeon can return and remove the linear scar from the first procedure, leaving the patient with only a scar.
This is not possible in a FUE hair transplant, where the surgeon will always create new additional scars.
Deciding On an FUT Or FUE Hair Transplant
At Hairskill offer both FUT and FUE hair transplants and we always believe that a hair transplant surgeon should evaluate the patient’s individual needs and advise on the best technique for each individual case.
Under normal circumstances, Hairskill will favor the FUT technique for larger hair transplants, since the results are generally superior. For smaller hair transplants and transplantation of scars and eyebrows, the FUE technique is often the preferred option.
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