What are the critical differences between FUE and FUT?

The main difference between FUT and FUE hair transplants is that in FUT the surgeon removes a strip of donor skin from which to extract individual follicular units to be transferred to the areas of hair loss, whereas in FUE individual follicular units are excised directly from the scalp.

Dr. Audumbar Borgaonkar
Differences between FUE and FUT

There are two types of significant hair transplant: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). People who opt for hair transplant are usually torn between the choices of FUE or FUT hair transplant. And to make a choice, it is first essential that you know the difference between them.

First, let’s understand what a hair transplant is. Hair transplant is a surgical procedure where the surgeon takes live hair grafts and transplanting them to the bald area of your head. The grafts are taken from the donor area, i.e. the site that has the most live follicles, mostly it’s the back of the head. Besides the goal of both FUE and FUT being to perform this procedure for hair restoration, the actual method is different.

Under qualified people like Dr. Audumbar and his team, your hair transplant will have a safe procedure and natural look. The hair transplant surgery is customized to match the hairline and direction for every individual.

 

Now lets’ see what some of the key differences between FUE and FUT are:

  1. Method of transplant
    • Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or also known as strip harvesting techniques is a traditional method of hair transplantation. As the name suggests a strip of your skin from your scalp, mostly the back of the head.
      The technicians will use the strip to extract live hair grafts. They will transplant these grafts into the incisions created on the bald area of your head.
    • follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique is a method of removing one follicle at a time from the incision and then transplanting it to the bald area. There are incisions made at the donor area through which the technician will extract hair follicles using instruments. They will then transplant these follicles into the bald area.

 

  1. Scaring: FUT vs FUE
    • The scars produced from a FUT procedure can vary from small to large, depending on the number of grafts required. In either case, it will be quite visible, as there is a strip of skin removed. The patient will always have to keep their hair a little longer and limit their styling to cover the scar.
    • Scars produced from FUE transplant are tiny and spread around the large area on the donor area. The scars are small and fast to heal. So you will be able to style your hair and keep it short however you wish.
    • Due to the lack of scar visibility, FUE is preferred, but FUT costs less comparatively.

 

  1. Recovery: FUT vs FUEFUT scars take longer to heal and are also more challenging to maintain. Though the result of hair transplants will be natural, only the scar causes the issue. And you will only require to be extra careful, and it will heal nicely.
    As there is no suturing in FUE transplant, unlike FUT, the overall recovery is shorter and more comfortable. FUE only produces small incisions that heal fast, and
    The hair restoration results are natural in both FUT and FUE.
  2. Time/No. of sessions: FUT vs FUEFUT is faster because the extraction part happens at once when the strip of skin is removed. So the only time-consuming step is the transplant. Placement of grafts takes a little more time because this part requires precision regardless of the method. This is important, so the results look natural.
    FUE takes a lot more time and will require multiple sittings/sessions. Due to the use of anesthesia and the fact that each hair graft is extracted individually, it takes time. It is done so the patient safety; the transplant is done with precision and the results look natural.

 

First, know after you have chosen your research, the hair transplant surgeon might recommend the opposite method of transplant. The reason is there will be many tests and checkups that decide how the patients will fare under a particular surgery. With your safety and health in mind, the surgeon will help you decide on a hair transplant that is best suited to you.

So we hope this article has helped you draw some conclusions and reach a decision on which types of hair transplant you prefer. You will, of course, go through various tests before any final decision is made. Dr Audumbar and his team will help you through the complete process from start to end. So you can expect the best results after your hair transplant surgery.

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