Updated on March 15, 2017
FUE or FUT Hair Transplants: Know the Difference
This article is a simple cautionary message for those considering a hair transplant. Today, hair transplants done by doctors of a high degree of skill and integrity are still the best option for restoring significant amounts of hair. One of the most important points for you to be aware of when making a hair transplant decision is knowing the difference between FUE and FUT. There is loads of information and in-depth discussion about this subject online, and can be found using a simple search. I will just be going over the very basics to help you get a general idea of the two procedures.
FUE Procedure – This is a newer version of hair transplant procedures that involves extracting out individual hair grafts, one-by-one. The technique is done by a skilled surgeon using circular micro scalpels. The grafts are then further prepared to be made ready for insertion into the recipient scalp area. The process takes longer than a FUT and usually a FUE session will be smaller in number of grafts extracted compared to a FUT procedure. Very small “dot” scars are created through this procedure in the donor area, yet from a skilled surgeon they will be almost unnoticeable to the naked eye even when hair is cut very short.
FUT Procedure: This is a technique that is older than FUE. It involves cutting out a strip of the scalp from the donor site. That strip of scalp is then separated into individual hair follicle grafts to be prepared for insertion into the recipient area. It is said that there is a slightly better graft survival rate for the FUT procedure compared to FUE. This procedure leaves a linear scar on the back of the scalp. Hair will generally have to be styled longer in the donor area after an FUT compared to FUE to cover the scar from the procedure. This procedure is more painful post-operation than an FUE and has a longer recovery period for the donor site.
Many reputable surgeons will offer both procedures. Some of the best FUE results come from doctors with individual offices. FUE is usually more expensive per graft due to the time and preciseness it requires. I favor the idea of an FUE procedure for hair transplants. The recovery period is shorter, there is less pain involved, less physical trauma to the scalp, and with a great surgeon, FUE results will be comparable to FUT.
My overall message is that it is very important for all those considering a hair transplant to know the background information first; know the difference between FUE and FUT, and do sufficient background research on the surgeon you are considering.