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FUT VS. FUE Hair Transplant

FUT VS. FUE HAIR TRANSPLANT COMPARISON - FACTS, SCARS, COST, AND HEALING

This page compares the two most prevalent hair transplant methods: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The former (FUT) is an older method that many surgeons practice. The latter (FUE), meanwhile, is the newest method available but also requires significant dedication to be effective.
People can feel hard-pressed to find reliable, unbiased info about hair restoration. Of course, such information is very important for deciding what procedure is right for you. At Forhair, we are always upfront and honest for one simple reason: Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), Dr. Cole’s innovative FUE variant, brings truly superior results. In fact, around 40% of Forhair’s patients seek Dr. Cole to repair hair transplant work from other clinics, both FUE and FUT. Even great FUT and FUE procedures, however, have their own intricacies that patients should consider.

WHAT IS FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTATION (FUT)?

FUT involves extracting a donor strip from a donor zone using a scalpel. The donor zone is usually an area on the sides and back of the scalp. Once the donor strip is taken, it is split into individual grafts that are often smaller than follicular units. After this, surgeons transplant individual or small groups of follicles to the recipient area. This procedure will always leave a linear scar from a few mm in diameter to over 5 mm in diameter. Unfortunately, the width of this scar is unpredictable before surgery.

WHAT IS FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)?

FUE involves harvesting a substantially larger number of follicular units than FUT from a larger donor zone, maximizing the number of available grafts. Further, the surgeon cuts each individual follicular unit one by one, and by doing so, the scars are much smaller and less noticeable. Extracted hair follicles are then transplanted into the balding areas of the scalp. This process can be a very long one. Sometimes, procedures split into many shorter sessions.

COMPARING SCARS AFTER PROCEDURE

FUE is outright the better choice for those who do not want noticeable scars. FUE scars are small and round, while FUT scars will always be long and linear. Scarring is less noticeable with FUE because scars are small, if noticeable at all, and scattered throughout the scalp. Scars from FUT are bigger and localized, making them more noticeable. In follow up procedures from FUT hair transplant, the hair is usually taken from the location leaving a single scar. Unfortunately, multiple FUT procedures increase the probability of a wide, visible scar. Multiple FUE procedures also thin the donor area over time.
The number of available grafts vary from patient to patient but there is a finite amount in both FUT and FUE. However, the total number of possible grafts from FUE is often greater because hair does not need to be left to hide a wide scar. FUT also has a major disadvantage in a way that can alter hair growth direction. This direction change may occur after one FUT procedure or multiple ones. FUT requires the removal of a wide area of skin so the quality of the hair can vary on each side of the scar. For instance, hair above the scar is usually coarser than the hair on the bottom side of the scar. Changes in the hair growth direction and the contrast between fine hair to coarse hair can be quite visible with a short haircut.

FUE AND C2G VS. FUT COMPARISON CHART

FUT OR STRIP (FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANT)

Not Recommended

CIT (FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION) - COLE FUE

C2G (NO SHAVE OR UNSHAVEN FUE) HAIR TRANSPLANT

HOW DO THE TIME AND COST COMPARE BETWEEN FUE AND FUT?

The cost of FUE will appear much higher than FUT because most FUE variants require a lot of time. After all, FUE surgeons extract and transplant follicles graft-by-graft. However, the cost per hair with FUE is often lower than FUT because you can expect 0.3 to 1.0 more hairs with each graft from the donor hair.

HOW DO ARTAS AND NEOGRAFT COMPARE TO CIT®?

Some clinics are using robotic or automated technology, namely ARTAS or Neograft, for FUE. Avoid these services. Not only costlier, clinics that offer ARTAS or Neograft often fail to produce high-quality grafts or convincing hairlines.

ARTAS and Neograft are often fallbacks for surgeons that have yet to master FUE or to deliver results that patients deserve. Neograft’s suction system is bad for the follicular graft’s health and the company is notorious for flying technicians with haphazard training to clinics for one-off procedures, oftentimes without any supervision from a doctor. ARTAS, meanwhile, leaves noticeable scars and charges its operators a $1 per graft royalty, significantly increasing costs. CIT®, in comparison, is both more affordable and more effective.

HOW IS HEALING DIFFERENT BETWEEN FUT AND FUE?

FUT leads to significant scabs and major soreness in the incision site. Healing in the first few days to a week can be rough and it is not uncommon for FUT recipients to enlist help around the house. FUT patients must also limit physical activity for the first month to prevent complications in the incision site.

FUE recovery, on the other hand, is often painless and patients rarely, if ever, require post-op assistance for day-to-day matters. However, there are some details patients must pay attention to. These include caring for donor areas, staying vertical for the first few days, and limiting physical activities during the first week of recovery.

FINAL CONCLUSION

FUE offers many benefits over FUT and is especially optimal for patients who: Like to change their hairstyle a lot Like shorter hairstyles Have already had treatments before Need to fix FUT scars or any type of bad hair transplant Don’t want a painful procedure Need a quick and easy recovery post-op

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