Follicular Unit Transplantation vs Follicular Unit Extraction are two different techniques for hair transplant surgery and patients considering this procedure will often come across these terms during the course of their research and wonder how to decide whether an FUE or FUT hair transplant is the right choice for them.
FUE uses an instrument to remove multiple groups of one to four hairs. The great thing about FUE is that there’s no linear scar. The downside is that a fewer number of hair grafts can be gathered per session. In an FUT hair transplant a thin strip of hair is removed from the donor region and cut into individual units. Regardless of whether FUE or FUT is used to remove the hair, the method for transplanting each of the grafts is exactly the same.
For patients undergoing an FUE hair transplant, in most cases the entire scalp must be shaved in advance of the procedure. For patients undergoing an FUT procedure, only the strip of hair to be removed is trimmed, allowing patients to return to their normal lives much more quickly, without others being aware they have had a hair transplant.
As the FUE technique only allows a surgeon to take every second hair graft from the safe donor area, the yield of grafts is lower. As a result, many clinics are forced to remove hair from outside of this zone, which means as the patient ages, these transplanted hairs may thin and be lost.
Before undergoing the surgery, a consultation with a qualified surgeon is a must. He/She will advice on the best method on the basis of the patient’s expectations and will inform the patient of possible results and risk which is involved in any kind of surgery.