FUE (Follicular Unit Extractions) VS FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant)

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When considering the proper approach to take in combatting hair loss there are two primary transplant techniques to look into…

  • FUT (follicular unit transplant) which usually involves taking a strip of hair rather than individual follicles.
  • FUE (follicular unit extraction) extracting each follicle and transplanting it.

FUT – or Strip Surgery – was previously the more widely known surgery. FUE (such as the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System) provide a minimally invasive option. We’re certain you have more than a few questions about their differences and which procedure may be right for you.

Is FUE or FUT More Painful?

FUT is certainly the more painful of the two options. The National Center for Biotechnology Information goes in depth on the subject in their online article ‘Comparison of postoperative pain according to the harvesting method used in hair restorative surgery’:  

“Likewise, the FUT method is more painful than the FUE method; it also involves a linear scar, but does not require donor area shaving. In contrast, the FUE method is less painful and does not leave a linear donor scar, but it necessitates shaving the donor area.”

Additionally, since FUE is a minimally invasive procedure it makes the recovery times both shorter and less painful than FUT. Recovery from Follicular Unit Transplant can often require pain medication… but FUE rarely does.

Do FUE Scars Fade?

The scars from Follicular Unit Extraction procedures usually present themselves as small dots on the back of the head where they are usually hidden by the re-grown hair. These scars do fade over time and (in some cases) they may not be visible even if the patient’s head is shaved.

Is FUE as Effective as FUT?

FUE procedures often offer equivalent – or superior – results when compared to the more traditional FUT surgery.

What Percentage of FUE Grafts Survive?

The industry standard is a graft survival rate of roughly 60-70%, which is what a reputable hair clinic offering FUE will usually have. The success rate is similar to the rate for FUT but has the noted advantage of producing significantly less scarring… especially with our ARTAS® robotic technology. Success rates for these procedures can sometimes be as high as the upper 90th percentiles.

Due to the scarring FUT can often leave in the area the donor hair was taken from, this technique is falling out of use amongst the most modern hair clinics

Does FUE Look Natural?

Yes, the technology has advanced incredibly over the years.  As a matter of fact, the American Academy of Dermatology Association states that:

“… the results can look so natural that a barber or stylist cannot tell you’ve had anything done.”

When performed on appropriate candidates, FUE results can look perfectly natural. Once the hair follicles are transplanted, they should be permanent… although this does not prevent future hair loss and additional procedures might be needed as time passes.

Are you experiencing hair loss? Are you contemplating FUT or FUE as a solution?

If you’ve been considering hair restoration to combat hair thinning or loss, Austin Hair Restoration Clinic offers a free consultation to determine cause and whether you’re a good candidate. The ARTAS® System produces exceptional results and will get you back to your normal day-to-day life in no time. For more information, contact us today for a free consultation.

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