Hair transplant normally involves removing grafts from the donor area and placing them in the recipients’ area where an individual is experiencing balding. Two methods are most commonly used for hair transplant FUT and FUE hair transplant. They are a permanent solution to hair loss. Determining which hair transplant method is best depends on personal preference. Here is a brief overview of Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Transplant:
FUE hair transplant
Follicular unit extraction involves selecting individual grafts from the donor’s area. An insertion tool is used to extract the hair which minimizes the risk of scaring. It is a minimally invasive procedure.
Advantages of FUE
- It is a scar less procedure.
- It is minimally invasive in nature
- Recovery time is quick.
Who are best suited candidates for FUE hair transplant?
Candidates who have following characteristics are best suited for follicular unit extraction:
- People who cannot handle longer recovery periods
- People with smaller bald patches
- People who prefer minimally invasive procedures
- People who are scared of scaring
FUT hair transplant
Follicular unit transplant involves extracting a strip from donor area instead of individual grafts, dividing the grafts into follicular units and implanting them individually on the recipients’ area.
Advantages of FUT
- Larger area is covered in single setting
- Follicular units are preserved more effectively
- Chances of grafts being wasted is less
Who are best suited candidates for FUT?
Candidates with following characteristics are best suited for FUT hair transplant:
- Candidates which have larger bald areas that need coverage
- People who do not mind linear scaring
- People who can handle longer recovery periods
Post op care
Post op are varies significantly for the two procedures. If you are living on your own, then FUE hair transplant has an easier set of post op care. It only involves visiting a surgeon couple of days after the surgery, taking some medications and elevating the head while sleeping. People can return to their normal lifestyle as quickly as three days after the surgery. You can even drive home by yourself immediately after the surgery. FUT hair transplant on the other hand have relatively extensive post op care. It involves support and care of one or two individuals that stand by your side for at least two weeks after the surgery. It involved visiting the hair clinic regularly, getting a dressing for the linear strip taken out of your scalp and continuous use of antibiotics and pain killers. Post op care is one of the deciding factors in determining which hair transplant method is best suited to your individual needs.
Price is a critical factor when it comes to deciding upon hair transplant surgery. Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE hair transplant is relatively expensive than Follicular Unit transplant or FUT hair transplant. Although other factors such as choice of a hair clinic, experience of the surgeon also affects the cost of overall surgery. Ensure to find a happy medium between cost and quality.