When thinking about either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplant (FUT) hair transplant techniques there are many factors to take into consideration before making a decision. While some individuals may be a better candidate for one over the other, in most cases patients are able to choose which technique prefer for hair restoration. There are a few factors to take into consideration. These include cost, scarring and whether or not you are okay shaving the back of your head.
What’s the difference between FUE and FUT?
FUE: This hair transplant method involves removing individual hair follicles (graft) from the donor area one at a time before transplanting them to balding or thinning areas of the scalp using NeoGraft technology.
FUT: This technique is commonly referred to as the “strip-method” because the grafts are extracted from a strip of hair that is excised from the back of the patient’s scalp. Once the grafts are extracted, they are then manually implanted to the balding or thinning areas of the scalp.
What are the scars going to look like?
FUE: The FUE method leaves patients with tiny 1 millimeter punch marks on the back of the head that are only visible when the head is completely shaved. This method can be more appealing to individuals because they are left with no linear scar on the back of the head.
FUT: The “strip method” does leave patients with a thin linear scar on the back of the head from where the strip of hair is excised. Most patients who do choose this method typically wear their hair longer or are females. When the hair is kept longer, the scar is very easily camouflaged.
Does either technique require partial head shaving?
FUE: When selecting this technique, partial head shaving (back of head) is required in order to properly extract and implant the grafts.
FUT: The only head shaving required with the FUT method is for the strip on the back of the scalp that is then excised. Because partial head shaving is not involved, it makes this technique more popular with women.
How much does each hair transplant technique cost?
The cost of hair transplant surgery varies depending on the goals and needs of each individual patient. Cost for hair restoration is based on the number of grafts needed to reach desired fullness and which method is chosen. We provide detailed quotes during a complimentary hair restoration consultation.
To learn more about hair transplant surgery in SLC, Draper, Layton and surrounding areas, call (385) 344-4247 or contact us HERE.