FUT vs. FUE in Hair Transplant
A hair transplant is done to add hair to an area of the head where hair may be thinning or where you may be bald. Donated hair can be transplanted from parts of the head where the hair is thicker or from other parts of the body. Hair transplant candidates may want to undergo the procedure because they are unsure of their lack of hair and improvement in their overall appearance.
There are two types of hair transplantation: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). A FUE procedure involves removing individual hair follicles, which are then transplanted to another part of the scalp, while a FUT procedure involves removing a long strip of the scalp, separating the follicles and then transplanting them.
The pros and cons of each procedure largely depend on the patient and the desired outcome, as well as a number of other factors.
Do Hair Transplants Work?
Hair transplants are much more successful in treating hair loss than other non-surgical procedures, such as over-the-counter treatments. Patients can expect 10% to 80% of transplanted hair to fully regrow within four months; however, it is important to know that just like normal hair, transplanted hair thins over time.
Although hair transplants are very successful, there is no guarantee that a transplant will be effective and the success of the procedure depends on the patient. People with dormant hair follicles may have less successful transplants, as well as those with more common thinning and baldness, people who have experienced hair loss from chemotherapy treatments, and those with very thick scars on the scalp.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a type of hair transplant procedure that involves the first shave of the back of the head. While the patient is under local anesthesia, individual hair follicles are removed from the back of the head and small incisions are made in the scalp. Individual follicles that have been removed from the back of the head are inserted into these incisions and the surgical site is covered with gauze or bandages.
What is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?
With follicular unit transplantation (FUT), a strip of scalp is removed from the back of the patient's head and the area where the scalp was removed is closed with sutures. The surgeon will then separate the scalp strip into smaller pieces with a scalpel to isolate the hair follicles. These small pieces are called grafts. A surgeon sometimes separates the original scalp strip into thousands of grafts, each containing one to four hair follicles.
Then, using a needle or scalpel and a microscope, the surgeon will make small holes in the scalp where the grafts will be transplanted. The grafts are then inserted into these holes at the donor site and the surgical site is covered with bandages or gauze. The entire procedure is performed under l