Hair transplant surgery is more advanced today than it has ever been, and the techniques are more innovative and less invasive for the patient. During a hair transplant consultation, the surgeon typically goes over the entire procedure with the patient. This also includes the type of technique. So, what exactly is FUE and how is it different from FUT?
Follicular Unit Transplantation is referring to hair transplant surgery in general and is the most common technique in hair transplant surgery today, where each follicular unit is carefully transplanted into the bald area. With FUT, the surgeon and technicians take a strip of skin from the back of the scalp that is not affected by DHT, carefully dissect the hairs into follicular units that contain anywhere from one to four hairs - and then those follicular units are transplanted into the balding area. FUT is more advanced today than hair transplants in the past, and the transplantation is one of the most crucial steps of the procedure. The degree at which the follicular grafts are transplanted is important for natural growth, as well as the degree of the incisions on the balding hair where the hairs are transplanted. Although FUT has been around since the 19th century, it has gone through many tweaks and improvements.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is different from FUT in the way in which the follicular grafts are extracted. In FUT, the grafts come from the strip of skin removed. But in Follicular Unit Extraction, the follicular grafts are extracted individually from the donor area and then transplanted. FUE can be used for smaller sessions and is much less invasive, as the scars are virtually undetectable. At our hair transplant clinic, the surgeon specializes in creating tiny tiny punch incisions that are 1 mm in size. This means the incisions will be very small and when healed, will be undetectable.
Hair transplant specialists will go over everything during the consultation and scalp analysis to determine what is the right procedure for the patient. FUE is a very intricate and detailed technique and it requires a skilled surgeon who truly understands and achieves artistry in hair restoration.