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FUE or FUT: Comparing Hair Transplant Methods
When it comes to modern hair transplant techniques, there are two primary methods for extracting hair follicles during the transplant procedure:
- FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
- FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)
These two procedures are similar in that they both offer completely natural-looking results. The implantation process is identical, where each follicular graft is artistically placed one-by-one or hair-by-hair in the recipient or thinning areas. The primary difference between FUE and FUT is the way in which hair follicles are extracted from the back of your head (also known as the “donor” area). However, there are other differences between the two methods to consider when deciding which method is best for you.
How Hair Follicles are Extracted
In the FUE procedure, hairs are extracted individually using minimally invasive technology. It may take 1 to 4 hours for your Bosley care team to complete this meticulous process.
In the FUT procedure, all the hair is removed at one time in a quick and simple process taking 15 to 30 minutes by your Bosley care team. The hair is then prepped for implantation into the recipient area.
Preparing the Follicles for Implantation
Your follicular grafts are then prepped for placement by a team of skilled technicians working with a high-powered stereo microscope. The trained technicians prepare and ensure that the follicular grafts remain in optimal condition until transplanted.
How Hair Follicles are Implanted
In both the FUE and FUT procedures, when the follicular grafts are ready, small incisions are made in the your thinning areas (recipient areas) that match your natural hair growth pattern.
The experience and artistry of your Bosley physician allows them to strategically place the follicular grafts, one by one according to the number of hairs within each follicle, in order to maximize the naturalness, density and coverage of the thinning areas, which is especially important for natural hairline recreation.
What to Expect
Both FUT and FUE are simple office procedures, comfortable and efficient. Healing is prompt with both procedures; and many patients are able to return to work the next day.
FUE procedures do not require stitches and the tiny extraction sites leave virtually no scar. These sites are easily concealed with longer neighboring hair and will heal by themselves typically within three to seven days. The FUE procedure is preferred by those who want to wear their hair very short.
Other patients prefer to avoid the short hair cut required for FUE because of the dramatic change to their appearance, so the FUT procedure is a better option. Removing the grafts as a group in the FUT procedure results in a fine scar on the back of the head which is easily concealed with the hair worn at 1/2 inch or longer.
The time-intensive nature of an FUE procedure typically makes it more expensive than an FUT procedure. While you can find an overview of how hair transplant costs are calculated, you’ll need to speak with a Bosley specialist to get an accurate assessment of your hair loss and an estimated cost for your plan.
Deciding on the Best Hair Transplant Method
At the end of the day, the choice between having an FUE and FUT procedure is up to you and your Bosley physician. At your initial consultation, a Bosley counselor will work with you to determine which transplantation method is best based on your personal preferences, hair loss classification, the size of the thinning area, and the quality and quantity of your available donor hair. Schedule a consultation today to help determine which hair transplant method is best for you.