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FUE vs. FUT: Choosing the Right Transplant Procedure for You

FUE and FUT are both effective techniques for hair transplantation. However, in recent years, more people are choosing FUE over FUT because it doesn’t leave a linear scar, and the hair looks more natural. But even though FUE is now the more popular choice, it isn’t always the best choice for all patients. In some cases, your doctor will advise using the FUT procedure instead.

So how do you know which procedure is right for you?  In this article, we will compare FUE and FUT hair transplants, so you can decide which one is best for you. 

Defining FUE and FUT Hair Transplant

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a hair transplant procedure in which individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area and transplanted to the recipient area.

In comparison, FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) requires removing a strip of hair from the donor area. The surgeon dissects the strip into individual hair follicles before transplanting them to the recipient area.

The Differences Between FUE and FUT

FUE does not leave any scars. This is a feature of the technique that many people appreciate. It is also less invasive. The surgeon will extract and transplant individual hair follicles, resulting in natural-looking hair with invisible scarring.

With FUT, on the other hand, the surgeon will remove a strip of scalp from the donor area. The donor area is usually found at the back of the head, so patients who like cutting their hair short will not be able to do so for some time after the surgery. And because it’s a more invasive procedure, the recovery time also takes longer.

Why Doctors Recommend FUT

Although many patients would prefer shorter downtime and less scarring from FUE, it’s not always the best option. When hair loss is more advanced, FUT produces the best results for restoring fuller hair. More grafts can be transferred in one procedure to cover larger areas of baldness. It is time-efficient, and also less expensive for the patient.

FUT leaves a linear scar, but it can be covered up using a tattooing technique called Scalp Micropigmentation. The recovery may also take longer, but with proper post-operative care, patients can minimize the risks.

The Best Hair Transplant Procedure for You

In general, FUE is a good choice for those who want less downtime and scarring. It is also a good choice for those who are not suitable candidates for FUT, such as those with very tight scalps.

FUT is a good choice for those who want to cover large baldness in one procedure. It is also a good choice for those who do not mind the linear scar and longer recovery time.

Get in Touch for a Consultation

The best hair transplant procedure for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. At Shapiro Medical Group, we’ll provide you with the information you need to make the best decision. Contact us today to book your consultation.