FUT or FUE; Which method shall I choose?
One of the most important decisions a person interested in a Hair Transplant has to make is which method to choose. Going through all the available methods, they come across these two: the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation, or Strip) & the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
FUT is the traditional hair transplant method carried out for decades. The procedure involves the removal of a long strip of skin from the donor area, which is the back side of the scalp, which contains the follicular units (group of hair from 1 to 4 hairs maximum) to be used balding areas.
These units are separated from the strip of skin and transferred into the thinning areas. The trauma created from the removal of the strip of skin is sutured, thus a permanent, obvious and unsightly linear scar is left in the area where the strip of the skin has been removed (donor area).
FUE hair transplant differs from the classic FUT technique mainly in terms of the harvesting of the follicular units, the recovery time and level of discomfort during and after the procedure, the person may experience. FUE is a latest continuously evolving surgical method which has been established worldwide as the most popular and minimally invasive procedure for people interested in undergoing a hair transplant.
Contrary to FUT, in FUE hair transplant follicular units are harvested one by one from the donor area, whether there is a stable zone of hair growth in the back of the scalp or another area of the face (beard) or body (chest). The extraction of the follicular unit is performed through a surgical tool which in the hands of an expert surgeon makes a great difference in the result of the extraction procedure. This way, there is no incision nor a linear scar.
In both hair transplantation techniques, the transferred follicular units to the thinning area, that is the recipient area, are very similar. The fact that the transferred hair follicles are implanted in groups is very important for the successful outcome of a hair transplant, as this is the way the hair naturally grows.
In addition, hair transplant’s natural result regardless of the applied technique, depends on the implantation angle, the correct design of the frontline, the selection of the suitable hair follicles from the donor are, their placement and the right distance between them based on the patients’ natural hair density.
In both hair transplant methods, FUT & FUE, the new hair starts to grow 3 to 4 months after the procedure and keep growing 1cm per month.
At IQ – Intensive Quality Hair Clinic we only apply the latest and most advanced hair transplant method, FUE and not the traditional FUT. The reason behind that lies in the fact that FUE brings together all these elements a person interested in a hair transplant looks for: minimally invasive, painless, scar free, natural results, minimum recovery time and of course to regain their natural and dense hair which will last forever.
Why I choose FUE Hair Transplantation
- No scarring in the donor area contrary to FUT
This is a very important aspect of the method, as it does not require incisions and stiches, whereas in FUT the scarring is permanent and unsightly. FUE is suitable for everybody, but more specifically for those who prefer to wear their hair short and don’t want the scar to show, but also for those who have a history of keloid scar or abnormal healing process. Further on, it is preferred for young patients who do pay a lot of attention to their physical appearance and for those who have a “tight” skin in the scalp, which by default constitutes the removal of a strip of skin for the purposes of FUT Hair Transplant, a very difficult procedure.
- Recovery time is much shorter than FUT
The extraction of the follicular units in the FUE method leaves behind tiny holes/dots which will soon heal (within the next 2-3 days) whereas FUT’s linear scar not only will it take much longer to heal, it may even be painful, it will never really disappear.
- No restrains or limitations in daily activities after the procedure unlike FUT
After FUE, the patient may return to their daily activities. However, this is not the case after a FUT Hair Transplant, where stitches are applied on the scalp, the patient should be extra careful to avoid bleeding and widening of the scar.
- No pain in the donor area, unlike FUT
This the natural flow of events in FUE procedure as it is minimally invasive performed under local anesthesia without scarring and stiches.
- Suitable for scar coverage (after FUT) able (the scars) to produce hair growth in the donor area
FUE can be applied on patients who in the past went for a FUT hair transplant to cover the scarring, by implanting on the scar follicular units.
- Suitable even after several FUT Hair Transplants
FUE can also be performed to a patient who in the past went through one or more FUT procedures but is no longer a suitable candidate for another one (FUT). This happens because the skin’s elasticity does not allow the removal of strip of skin for a new hair transplant.
Why I choose IQ-Intensive Quality Hair Clinic for a FUE Hair Transplantation
- Trichoscopy Controlled FUE
An electronic trichoscopy exam to measure and evaluate the number, the density, the quality and the condition / viability of the follicular units in the donor & recipient area is performed before the FUE procedure. That way, not only the donor area is optimally harvested but also the appropriate grafts are selected for successful hair transplantation.
- “Growth Guarantee ” for the number of the growing hair follicles in the recipient area
Trichoscopy exam is repeated 12 months after the FUE Hair Transplant to count the growing hair follicles per square meter on the scalp, where the treatment was performed. Is the case where some follicular units will not regrow, IQ-Intensive Quality Hair Clinic Team proceeds with a complimentary FUE Hair Transplant.
- IQ/e-Hair.Health book
This complimentary digital health book,” IQ/e-Hair.Health book” which is given after the FUE Hair Transplant to monitor the health of the transplanted hair follicles on a long-term basis.