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FUE vs FUT

by Wafaa E. Writer

FUE and FUT are both types of hair transplant surgeries that you may have heard about. You may be wondering, though, as to exactly what these two methods involve and which of the two would suit you best. The FUE and FUT are different in how the grafts are removed during the harvesting stage of the process. Both methods do involve transplanting of follicular units, which contain up to 4 hair follicles in each case.

What the FUT method involves

The FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is the older method of hair transplantation that was developed in the early 2000s. It involves removing hair follicular units, but first a strip of skin containing several of these is extracted. The place of extraction is usually at the back of the head where a fairly large area of skin is cut out. The hair at the back of the head continues to grow and is not affected by androgenic alopecia unlike hair in other parts of the head.

Once the tissue is removed the hair specialist has to remove hair follicular units from the actual tissue and then prepare these for grafting in to the scalp of the patient. The doctor uses a microscope to carefully remove the follicular units which are then stored temporarily in a chilled tissue solution. The donor part is next sewed up and closed, and should heal in about two weeks.

The grafts are positioned into small incisions made in the part of the scalp where the hair is needed. The specialist often uses an implanter device to carefully place grafts to match the surrounding hair.

Physicians and scientists soon decided, though, that the FUT works well but it could be better. There are some benefits over the newer method in that it is less expensive and is quicker to perform, but the FUT results in a noticeable scar in the donor section. In response to the shortcomings of the FUT, the FUE was invented. This method has many similarities with the FUT but it has some distinct differences that are actually very beneficial and represent major improvements.

How the FUE improves on the FUT

The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method has a different means of extraction of the hair follicles to the FUT. In fact, in the FUE, the actual follicular units are extracted individually and directly from the actual donor site in one step.  This is done after the area is shaved and a punch of between 0.8 and 1 mm is used to excise follicular units.

The next step is to make tiny cuts into the section where the follicles are to be grafted. By making only small incisions during extraction and grafting, it minimizes the risk of infection, bleeding and scarring. Clearly these are big benefits and it is also likely that healing will be improved as well. Not having a large scar at the back of the head is obviously a good thing and certainly it means men who want to have very short hair do not need to worry that a big, unsightly scar will be seen. For most people the FUE is the better choice today and it gives good results.


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