Patients considering hair transplant surgery will often come across the terms FUE or FUT during the course of their research and wonder how to decide whether an FUE or FUT hair transplant is the right choice for them. At Hairlife our surgical team perform both FUT and FUE hair transplants so our answer to that question is always the same – an expert hair transplant surgeon will be able to advise you on the best hair transplant procedure, be that FUE or FUT, following a detailed consultation. That being said, it’s important to understand the difference between FUE and FUT hair transplants.
Fue Fue – What’s the difference?
FUT or FUE. When carrying out a hair transplant the surgeon must ensure that the donor hair is only taken from the safe donor region. There are two surgical techniques by which hair can be removed from the donor area of a patient’s scalp. Follicular unit transplantation, FUT, and follicular unit extraction, FUE. In an FUT hair transplant a thin strip of hair is removed from the donor region. In an FUE transplant each hair graft is removed from the donor region one by one, using a punch tool. Regardless of whether FUE or FUT is used to remove the hair, the method for transplanting 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 carry out FUE hair transplants. When carrying out an FUT procedure, a skilled consultant surgeon is required to complete the surgery to an acceptable standard, without putting the patient at risk.
FUT or FUE Hair Transplants – Scarring
Even the most skilled hair transplant surgeons cannot perform hair surgery without leaving scars, any claims to the contrary are entirely unscrupulous. Both FUE and FUT hair transplants form scars. FUT forms one linear scar, whereas FUE forms multiple circular scars, spread across a large area. For patients that like to wear their hair very short, FUE hair transplants may be the preferable option, as the scars resulting from the FUE procedure may be less noticeable in very short hair as they are more spread out.
FUE OR FUT – Additions Hair Transplant Procedures
At a later stage, should a patient decide to have a second or third hair transplant, with the FUT technique a skilled surgeon can go back and remove the linear scar from the first procedure, leaving the patient with still only one scar.
This is not possible in an FUE hair transplant, where the surgeon will always create new additional scars.
Deciding on an FUT or FUE Hair Transplant
At Hairlife we offer both FUT and FUE hair transplants and we always believe that a hair transplant surgeon should assess the patient’s individual needs and advise on the best technique for each individual case.
Under normal circumstances at Hairlife we will favor the FUT technique for larger hair transplants as the results are generally superior. For smaller hair transplants and the transplantation of scars and eyebrows often the FUE technique is the preferable option.
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