As the concept of hair transplant as a lasting solution to the hair loss problem took strong roots in people’s minds, advancements have been made in this field by leaps and bounds. The astonishing studies and extensive research led to two major types of techniques being used for hair transplantation. One of them being Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the other one is Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT).
Despite following the same principles, these methods stand quite apart in one basic technique: the method of extraction of hair follicles. Let us have an overview of these techniques.
Follicular Unit Transplant
The principle employed by this technique is quite simple. Hair from those areas of the head that retain some of the hair, are harvested in the form of linear strips and then implanted onto the balder patches of the scalp. However, the excision of hair in the form of strips leaves visible scar marks that can be covered only by wearing longer hair. Using this method, nearly 4000 grafts can be implanted in a single session.
Follicular Unit Extraction
This technique is centered upon the concept of excising individual follicular units with the help of tweezers and then grafting them onto the balding areas. The method requires precise surgical expertise to be carried out. Individual hairs from any hairy area of the body can be used for grafting in this technique. Over 1500 grafts can be done in a single session.
FUT vs. FUE: A Comparison
Suturing is done to close up the large excision sites created by FUT surgery. Suturing of the wounds may lead to complications like abscess formation, immune reactions etc. no suturing is done in case of FUE, making it less dangerous a procedure.
There is a possibility of nerves being damaged by FUT, whereas, no such danger lies with FUE.
Healing time of the donor area in case of FUT spans over months whereas, in FUE, rapid healing occurs in just 7-10 days.
Visible scarring in case of FUT can become a cause of discomfort, whereas the wounds left by FUE are quite minute, hard to be seen.
FUT is more painful as compared to FUE.
Through FUT, greater number of hair follicles can be obtained as compared to FUE in a relatively smaller time period.
Lesser number of sessions are required to carry out FUT as compared to FUE, but the grater expertise required in FUE make it more expensive than FUT.
Root hairs with maximum yield can be individually selected by FUE, which is not possible with FUT.
It is imperative to study all the available options before making a decision. Proper consultation with a practitioner and research can help you make up your mind about it.
How much will be a FUE Hair Transplant in Our Clinic? £0.79/hair
The above prices are indicative only! Our patients will receive a personalized treatment plan and price offer including all costs, following their consultation and the detailed analysis of their scalp. There are no hidden or extra costs at our clinic (medication or surgery room fees etc).