Hair fall is a problem that is common to almost all people across the globe. FUE hair transplant is increasingly becoming a popular option to tackle hair loss. However, the safety of the transplant can be an issue. There are several approaches to hair transplant which are available. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is the most effective methods of permanent hair restoration. Both these approaches to hair transplants have their own set of pros and cons related to both the preparation, procedure, and aftercare. Though, FUE Hair Transplant is a better bet in terms of efficiency, safety, and satisfaction.
What is the difference between FUE and FUT?
FUE and FUT are the two most popular hair restoration methods. In both, these methods of hair follicle units are implanted. Both these procedures are highly effective in restoring hair density and covering the balding areas. The method used to extract the follicles is drastically different for both the methods.
FUT Method: Also known as the strip method, the donor follicles in this procedure are extracted in the form of strips of skin and hair. The extraction may take place from the lower on the back of the head or at the side where the hair growth is the densest. Small surgical staples are then used to close the incision. After that, a 2-stage stereo microscopic dissection system is used to collect the tiny follicles from the strip. The grafts could be single-hair or even contain 2 to 4 naturally grouped hair which grows together. Each little graft consists of the full hair root and a small amount of surrounding tissue.
With the Follicular Unit Transplantation method, the length of the hair from the donor strip is trimmed. The surrounding hair can retain its original length. The plus side is that it allows the longer hair to camouflage the affected area until the regrowth occurs. It is convenient for anyone who has long hair.
FUE Method: In this method, the donor follicles are extracted one by one with the help of a precision rotary punch device. No long incisions are made in the scalp. The individual grafts could be taken out of a broader donor area and dispersed among growing hairs, leaving only micro-incisions behind.
The small extraction holes are less than 1mm wide. The newest technology uses elements of automation, smart technology and an infrared system to align with the punch tool with greater precision and accuracy. The latest devices also help to reduce damage to follicles, scalp trauma and unnecessary scarring.
Which method to opt for?
In some cases where the hair loss is severe or thinning is diffused, then FUT is a practical choice. Though mostly, people who want to redistribute their growing hair and want to maximize their coverage and style, will opt for FUE. It leaves absolutely no trace for transformed and revitalized hair. There is minimal scalp trauma after undergoing FUE.