Hair FUT versus FUE

FUT versus FUE

Is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) 'better' than Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? Let's take a look at the differences between the two, examining the arguments for and against before making a decision.

FUT

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a hair transplant procedure in which long strips of donor hairs are removed from the back of the scalp. These strips are then cut into tiny 'follicular units' underneath a microscope. These units are then inserted into incisions made in the recipient area of the scalp.

FUE

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is an extraction technique: by that we mean the extraction (known as 'harvesting') of individual follicular units which are no bigger than a pin prick. These units are ready for insertion into the recipient area. They do NOT need to be dissected underneath a microscope and are carefully placed to ensure an even and appealing head of hair.

Arguments for and against

Another difference lies in the type of instruments used to remove the donor grafts. FUT uses a slim blade to remove the donor strips whereas FUE is performed using a needle which is specially designed for this procedure.

The advantages of FUE include no scarring and less pain and discomfort afterwards. This makes it ideal for patients with a tight scalp or those who like a short hair style. But the disadvantages include poorer quality grafts compared to FUT and fewer graft units which reduce hair volume and density.

FUE is often more expensive than FUT and other similar procedures especially if several sessions are required. Plus the entire scalp has to be shaved beforehand to enable the removal of the vast number of follicular grafts. The FUT procedure requires a much smaller area to be shaved before the removal of the strips. This area is then covered by natural hair.

Conclusion

There is little difference between the two procedures. FUT and FUE are essentially the same procedure, the only main difference is the method by which the donor hair is removed and then prepared for transplantation.

Both procedures give great results. The final outcome depends upon the skill and experience of the surgeon.