Today’s hair transplant technology provides patients with optimal results and nearly undetectable scarring. By transplanting naturally occurring groups of hair, known as follicle units, instead of unwieldy plugs, patients can enjoy hair that is more natural looking than ever before. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT) are effective techniques that are offered at our practice, and have benefited countless patients. To learn more about FUE vs. FUT, please contact us today at our New York, New Jersey, Boston area offices to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert True or Dr. Robert Dorin.
The Harvesting Process
Follicular units are natural groupings of one to four hair follicles that share the same blood supply. Both FUE and FUT procedures begin by harvesting hair follicles from the patient’s donor site, which is usually on the lower back section of the scalp. The grafts are then carefully and precisely distributed over the treatment area, so that the hair grows in evenly.
The main difference between FUT and FUE is the way that the hair follicles are harvested from the scalp. In FUT, a narrow strip of skin is excised, and the edges are sutured together. Individual follicular grafts are then extracted from the strip to be transplanted into tiny incisions in the balding area.
With FUE, doctors isolate and remove individual follicle units from the donor site. A very small punch tool is used to cut superficial layers of skin around each unit for extraction. These units are then transplanted directly into the treatment area.
Pros and cons of FUT and FUE
In comparing one technique to the other, a patient’s choice depends on their candidacy, individual preference and ultimately what the doctor recommends as being the best approach to suit their hair restoration needs and goals.
- Less expensive per graft than FUE
- Typically allows for more hairs to be transplanted in one procedure. Up to 4,000 follicular units can be harvested and transplanted at one time.
- Requires a stitch closure which may lend to a temporary tightness/moderate soreness in the donor region
- No extensive shaving of the donor area is necessary and the suture is concealed by existing hair. However the stitches are required to be removed after 10 days.
- A fine linear scar is created in the donor area.
- More expensive per graft. Dr. Dorin an Dr. Dorin personally extract every graft with a proprietary manual method. Typcially with Robotic FUE and Neograft technicians will be highly involved in the extraction process.
- Limitation in regard to the number of follicular units that can be harvested. Up to 2500 grafts can be safely extracted, ensuring the best quality grafts and mininal scarring impact on the donor region.
- No stitches - allows for a more comfortable post-operative period.
- Larger FUE cases require a full shave of the donor area. It can take 7 - 14 days for the scabbing to disappear and for the hair that was shaved to begin to blend with the top.
- FUE allows most patients to wear their hair at a shorter level than with FUT. Tiny customized punches used for extraction result in punctate scars.
Results for FUT and FUE procedures vary depending on the professional’s level of skill and experience. Drs. Robert True and Robert Dorin's patients can rest assured that their procedure is in the hands of professionals who have performed thousands of successful transplants and can deliver highly predictable and outstanding results.
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